The Changing Character of War Paperback – 1 Jan 2014
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About the Author
Hew Strachan is Chichele Professor of the History of War and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford; Director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War. He has been Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 1975-78, and 1979 to date (Life Fellow since 1992); Senior Lecturer, Dept of War Studies, RMA Sandhurst 1978-79; Professor of Modern History, University of Glasgow, 1992-2001, and founding Director of the Scottish Centre for War Studies. Member of the Chief of the Defence Staff's Strategic Advisory Panel 2010; Trustee Imperial War Museum 2010; Member of the Defence Academy Advisory Board; Commissioner, Commonwealth War Graves Commission; and Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh. Sibylle Scheipers is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. She is Director of Studies for the Oxford Changing Character of War programme. Previously she held a postdoctoral fellowship at Chatham House, London.
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The aim of the study was to see if there has been a true revolution in the character of warfare since the events of 9/11.
Essays by Azar Gat the author of A History of Military Thought, Hew Strachan whose books on the First World War are among the finest, Sibylle Schiepers, Bruce Hoffman and P Singer are particularly outstanding.
Three RMA's have been the subject of study in recent years:the French Revolution and Napoleon, WW1 and the onset of the Nuclear Age. Each and every one led to the belief that they had significantly changed the nature of war.These essays argue that there has been more continuity than change in the relationship between the state and war despite the number of insurgencies led by so-called nonstate actors that have emerged since 9/11.
The idea that 9/11 changed everything was strongly held by Bush and his neocon allies.It led to the disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan, both of which were based on a view that preemptive and preventive military actions were justified.
This book not only challenges the idea that there has been a significant change since 9/11 it also argues that the post September 11th attacks are not particularly new.
What would have been a useful additional essay would have been one that examined the problems faced by those who have to formulate defence strategies and attendant weapon systems in times of flux. They have a hideous problem that never gets easier.
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