Clausewitz and African War: Politics and Strategy in Liberia and Somalia / Edition 1

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Overview

This book shows that wars that have hitherto been mainly interpreted as driven by economic, resource, ethnic or clan interests (such as the conflicts in Liberia and Somalia in the early 1990s) do have an overriding political rationale, which revalidate Carl von Clausewitz's nineteenth-century understanding of war.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714657240
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Cass Military Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabelle Duyvesteyn is a lecturer at the Department of History of International Relations at the Institute of History, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Previously she held appointments at the Royal Military Academy in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Institute for International Relations. Her research interests include civil war, Africa and humanitarian intervention. Her most recent publications have been with the Swedish National Defence College, in Security Studies and several Dutch language journals.

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Table of Contents

1 Clausewitz, the nature of war and African warfare 1
2 Case study I : Liberia, 1989-97 21
3 Case study II : Somalia, 1988-95 37
4 Political actors 53
5 Political interests 75
6 Political instruments and conventional war 93
7 Politics and strategy in African wars : intervention dilemmas 107
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