The Changing Character of War by Hew Strachan

The Changing Character of War

EditorHew Strachan, Sibylle Scheipers

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Over the last decade (and indeed ever since the Cold War), the rise of insurgents and non-state actors in war, and their readiness to use terror and other irregular methods of fighting, have led commentators to speak of "new wars". They have assumed that the "old wars" were waged solelybetween states, and were accordingly fought between comparable and "symmetrical" armed forces. Much of this commentary has lacked context or sophistication. It has been bounded by norms and theories more than the messiness of reality. Fed by the impact of the 9/11 attacks, it has privileged somewars and certain trends over others. Most obviously it has been historically unaware. But it has also failed to consider many of the other dimensions which help us to define what war is - legal, ethical, religious, and social. The Changing Character of War, the fruit of a five-year interdisciplinary programme at Oxford of the same name, draws together all these themes, in order to distinguish between what is really changing about war and what only seems to be changing. Self-evidently, as the product of its own times, thecharacter of each war is always changing. But if war's character is in flux, its underlying nature contains its own internal consistency. Each war is an adversarial business, capable of generating its own dynamic, and therefore of spiralling in directions that are never totally predictable. War isboth utilitarian, the tool of policy, and dysfunctional. This book brings together scholars with world-wide reputations, drawn from a clutch of different disciplines, but united by a common intellectual goal: that of understanding a problem of extraordinary importance for our times. This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.

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Hew Strachan is Chichele Professor of the History of War and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War. He has been Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 1975-78, and 1979 to date (Life Fellow since 1992), Senior Lecturer, Dept of War Studies, RMA Sandhurst 1978-79...
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Title:The Changing Character of WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:October 9, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Hew Strachan and Sibylle Scheipers: Introduction: The Changing Character of WarPART I: The Need for a Historical Perspective: What has Changed?1. Azar Gat: The Changing Character of War2. David Parrott: Had a Distinct Template for a 'Western Way of War' Been Established Before 1800?3. Michael Broers: Changes in War: The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars4. Gil-li Vardi: The Change from Within5. Gerard J. DeGroot: 'Killing is Easy': The Atomic Bomb and the Temptation of Terror6. Mats Berdal: The 'New Wars' Thesis Revisited7. Audrey Kurth Cronin: What is Really Changing? Change and Continuity in Global TerrorismPART II: The Purpose of War: Why go to War?8. David J.B. Trim: Humanitarian intervention9. Thomas Hippler: Democracy and War in the Strategic Thought of Giulio Douhet10. Alia Brahimi: Religion in the War on Terror11. Stathis N. Kalyvas: The Changing Character of Civil Wars, 1800-200912. William Reno: Crime versus WarPART III: The Changing Identities of Combatants: Who Fights?13. Pascal Vennesson: War Without the People14. Sarah Percy: The Changing Character of Private Force15. Bruce Hoffman: Who Fights?-A Comparative Demographic Depiction of Terrorists and Insurgents in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries16. Kimberly Marten: Warlords17. Anne Deighton: The European Union, Multilateralism, and the Use of Force18. Peter W. Singer: Robots at War: The New BattlefieldPART IV: The Changing Identities of Non-combatants19. Adam Roberts: The Civilian in Modern War20. Uwe Steinhoff: Killing Civilians21. Sibylle Scheipers: The Status and Protections of Prisoners of War and Detainees22. Guy S. Goodwin-Gill: The Challenge of the Child SoldierPART V: The Ideas Which Enable us to Understand War23. Antulio J Echevarria II: American Strategic Culture: Problems and Prospects24. David Rodin: Morality and Law in War25. Henry Shue: Target-selection Norms, Torture Norms, and Growing US Permissiveness26. Patricia Owens: he Return of Realism? War and Changing Concepts of the Political27. Hew Strachan: Strategy in the Twenty-first CenturyTarak Barkawi and Shane Brighton: Conclusion: Absent War Studies? War, Knowledge, and Critique