Understanding Modern Warfare

Understanding Modern Warfare

by David Jordan, James D. Kiras, David J. Lonsdale, Ian Speller
     
 

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A major study of the theory and practice of warfare in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Using relevant examples from recent history, this book provides a complete introduction to the issues, ideas, concepts, context and vocabulary of modern warfare. The expert team of authors explore the conduct of war across land, sea, air and space in addition to addressing

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A major study of the theory and practice of warfare in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Using relevant examples from recent history, this book provides a complete introduction to the issues, ideas, concepts, context and vocabulary of modern warfare. The expert team of authors explore the conduct of war across land, sea, air and space in addition to addressing key issues relating to contemporary strategy, weapons of mass destruction and irregular warfare, including insurgency, terrorism and civil war. They provide an incisive and structured grounding in military theory and argue for the importance of understanding warfare within the joint (inter-service) context and as an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary phenomenon. By providing the tools required to truly understand contemporary military doctrine this accessible survey will be an invaluable resource for any student of military history or international relations as well as for military professionals.

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From the Publisher
"Civilian academics typically and gratefully know next to nothing about real combat. This is why there is a yawning gap in the strategic studies literature on the non-trivial subject of actual warfare. Strategy is conveniently abstract but prospective anticipated tactical performance in the battle spaces on land, at sea, in the air, and now in cyberspaces commonly is mercifully omitted from close scholarly, but very inexpert, attention. Understanding Modern Warfare succeeds in addressing this major deficiency, and it does so even with the inclusion of first-rate analysis provided by the vital context of strategy. This book is one of the very few 'must acquire and read' items for all students of strategic studies."
Colin S. Gray, University of Reading

"Drones, 'transformation', and lethal advancements in technology do not mean contemporary conflict is becoming easier compared to times past; far from it, modern warfare is rife with strategic, political, cultural, and ethical complexity, indeed at all levels. With an engaging thematic approach, Understanding Modern Warfare offers conceptual clarity to what is deceptively complex and too often overlooked by scholars, military professionals, and pundits - the actual conduct of war in our time."
William Thomas Allison, Georgia Southern University

"This is a terrific volume! I wish it had been available for my students when I was Commandant of the National War College. Extremely well written, clear and comprehensive, it addresses both the theory and practice of modern war, including the conflicts of this century. Usefully, each chapter stands alone [and the book includes] very helpful suggestions for further reading - destined to be the standard reference on the subject."
Michael McDevitt, Former Rear Admiral, United States Navy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107714083
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/18/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
837,546
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

David Jordan is a Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department, King's College London, at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham. His previous publications include Battle of the Bulge (2003) and The Fall of Hitler's Reich: Germany's Defeat in Europe, 1943–45 (2004).
James D. Kiras is Associate Professor at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, United States Air Force. He is the author of Special Operations and Strategy: From World War II to the War on Terrorism (2006) and was awarded The Air Education Training Command civilian 'Educator of the Year'award for 2006–7.
David J. Lonsdale is a Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Hull. His publications include The Nature of War in the Information Age: Clausewitzian Future (2004) and Alexander the Great: Lessons in Strategy (2007).
Ian Speller is a Lecturer in the Department of History at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He also lectures in defence studies at the Irish Defence Forces Military College and in maritime strategy at the UK Defence Academy and at the National Maritime College of Ireland. He is the author of The Role of Amphibious Warfare in British Defence Policy, 1945–56 (2001) and the editor of The Royal Navy and Maritime Power in the Twentieth Century (2005).
Christopher Tuck is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department, King's College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham. He co-authored, with Ian Speller, Amphibious Warfare: The Theory and Practice of Amphibious Warfare in the Twentieth Century (2001).
C. Dale Walton is a Lecturer in International Relations and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading. Among his publications are The Myth of Inevitable US Defeat in Vietnam (2002) and Geopolitics and the Great Powers in the Twenty-First Century (2007).

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