Contemporary Military Theory: The dynamics of war by Jan Angstrom

By Jan Angstrom

The e-book goals to supply the reader with a state of the art advent to vintage and glossy army thought.

The textual content bills for an important theories in the box by way of constructing and reading those theories, in addition to problematizing either their normative and explanatory goals. whereas concentrating on army concept, the e-book doesn't purely replicate a unmarried manner of in relation to wisdom of battle and battle, yet furthers studying by way of introducing contrasting views in addition to regularly criticizing the theories.

There is a transparent desire for an introductory textual content for the complete box of army conception that focuses whole-heartedly at the theories – no longer on their context or how they're expressed in perform in the course of struggle. This ebook covers such questions as how we should always comprehend the altering personality of struggle, the software of strength and the way the pursuit of political ends is completed via army capability. It attracts upon and illustrates army concept via a wide-ranging variety of examples from the Napoleonic Wars to the present conflict in Afghanistan.

This ebook can be of significant curiosity for college students of army concept, strategic reviews, safety reviews and defence studies.

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The parties must constantly recruit new members while maintaining the already established support. This has implications for how war is conducted in these conflicts; there is, for example, no real value in committing atrocities against the population if it is support one seeks. This does not mean that atrocities do not happen in ideological civil wars. As Stathis Kalyvas (2006) has demonstrated, selective, intentional punishment can also be used to control the population (cf. Downes 2008). While ideological civil war centers on state government, ethnic conflict centers on the relationship between the state, its borders, and its population.

G. Strachan & Scheipers 2011; Bobbitt 2008). g. Shearer 1998; Avant 2005; Mandel 2002; Singer 2004). e. it is a collective and planned phenomenon, rather than random, arbitrary acts of violence. This of course says nothing about how well planned it is, but only that war is not a blood-thirsty, random, or stupid act (cf. Cramer 2006). “Organization” rather suggests that the violence in war is characterized by calculation, moderation, and control. The idea that violence in war is organized is closely related to Clausewitz’s conception of war as an instrument.

Considering the wide modern usage of “strategy” in business, marketing, sports, and politics, however, it is clear that strategy is one of those words whose meaning and use has transcended its original domain. Indeed, some would extend the meaning of strategy to all realms of life itself (Dixit & Nalebuff 2008; Chwe 2013) or for non-violent political action (Chenoweth & Stephan 2012). In this more general sense, strategic behavior is usually understood to be shorthand for thinking rationally and coherently about means and ends in situations of choice.

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