The Sources of Military Change: Culture, Politics, Technology

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Overview

Considering only military change that has major implications for organizational strategy and structure, such as the interwar shift from a light infantry to an amphibious warfare role by the U.S. Marine Corps, these 12 essays consider case studies of cultural, political, and technological reasons why military forces have significantly restructured their operations. Among the topics considered are the spread of Western military models to Ottoman Turkey and Meiji Japan, the impact of U.S. ideas on NATO during the 1990s, the origins of the U.S. military's doctrine of a "two-front war," Russian military response to the collapse of their nation's economy, the impact of the invention of the tank on the British military, and the continuing restructuring revolving around the use of information technologies. Also included is an introductory overview of the history of military change and a concluding chapter ruminating on future trends. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555879754
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Series: Making Sense of Global Security Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 301
  • Sales rank: 1,261,741
  • Lexile: 1680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Introduction
1 The Sources of Military Change 3
2 Military Change in Historical Perspective 21
Pt. 2 Culture
3 The Spread of Western Military Models to Ottoman Turkey and Meiji Japan 41
4 World Culture and the Irish Army, 1922-1942 69
5 U.S. Ideas and Military Change in NATO, 1989-1994 91
Pt. 3 Politics
6 The U.S. Military's "Two-Front War," 1963-1988 119
7 U.S. Military Responses to Post-Cold War Missions 139
8 Reform and the Russian Military 161
Pt. 4 Technology
9 The British Army and the Tank 187
10 Creating a U.S. Military Revolution 205
11 Complexity and Theory of Networked Militaries 221
Pt. 5 Conclusion
12 Military Change in the New Millennium 265
Selected Bibliography 279
The Contributors 287
Index 289
About the Book 301
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