War, Chaos, and History

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War, Chaos, and History considers the implications of the emerging field of research in chaos-complexity-non-linearity for the study of war. This study examines the special dependence of military professionals on history in their shaping of doctrines, style, and attitudes in spite of the wide gap between the portrayal of war in military history and the far greater intricacy of its reality. Special foci in the analysis include: the fragility of doctrine; the chronic confounding of plans and expectations in actual ...

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War, Chaos, and History considers the implications of the emerging field of research in chaos-complexity-non-linearity for the study of war. This study examines the special dependence of military professionals on history in their shaping of doctrines, style, and attitudes in spite of the wide gap between the portrayal of war in military history and the far greater intricacy of its reality. Special foci in the analysis include: the fragility of doctrine; the chronic confounding of plans and expectations in actual operations; the congruences of chaos and creativity theoretics; effects of war on the environment; and problems of evidence and reportage. Three cases—battle cruisers, tank destroyers, and heavy fighter aircraft—are presented to illustrate paradoxes, especially the gap between vision and realization, and the tension between the urge to control and the impulse to create chaos in war.

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Beaumont (history, Texas A&M U.) applies the concepts of chaos- complexity to military history, particularly to the chronic confounding of the well laid plans of both winners and losers, and the simultaneous and contradictory attempts of combatants to create chaos and impose order. Among the topics are the military utility of military history, the fragility of doctrine, complexity and creativity, and the environmental impacts of war. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780275949495
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1994
  • Pages: 232
  • Lexile: 1790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

ROGER BEAUMONT has taught history at Texas A&M since 1974.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Guideposts for Entry into a Strange Land - A Basic Framework and Some Terms
1 Chaos, Complexity, and Defense Analytics 1
2 On the Military Utility of Military History 15
3 The Fragility of Doctrine 34
4 Battle Cruisers, Tank Destroyers, Heavy Fighters: Doctrines Gone Astray 46
5 The Chaotic Sense of War 75
6 The Ordering Impulse 97
7 Matching Frequencies: Complexity and Creativity 113
8 Chaos Upon Chaos: The Environmental Impact of War 135
9 Considerations and Conclusions 145
Select Bibliography 183
Index 191
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