Understanding Modern Warfare Paperback – 18 Sep 2008
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'Such a clear and readable exposition of the multifaceted aspects of warfare is long overdue. It is invaluable, not only as an aid to comprehending warfare as it is conducted now, and why, but also how we arrived here, and where we might be going. Anyone connected with the business of defence and war fighting, be they: scholar, warrior, commentator, or politician, would profit by reading and absorbing what the authors have to say.' Major General Julian Thompson CB OBE
'An accessible, yet sophisticated introduction to the theory and practice of modern warfare. Warfare has since the end of the Cold War been undergoing sustained, rapid non-linear change. Yet Understanding Modern Warfare successfully captures and explains the character and the complexity of warfare in the twenty-first century. Readers, whether undergraduate or graduate students, civilian or military, will welcome the clarity of the text and its richness, and will be rewarded by a thorough grounding in a difficult subject.' Terry Terriff, Arthur Child Foundation Chair of Strategic Studies, University of Calgary
'The authors have provided an impressive and useful study of modern war which places their subject firmly within a coherent framework of strategy and the realities of modern military operations. In every respect this is a major contribution to the libraries of both the amateur as well as the professional student of modern warfare.' Williamson Murray, Institute for Defense Analysis
Using relevant examples from recent history, this book provides a complete introduction to the issues, ideas, concepts, context and vocabulary necessary to develop an understanding of the theory and conduct of warfare in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. An invaluable text for military professionals and students of military history.See all Product Description
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I would recommend the book thoroughly as a core text for anyone studying modern warfare. It is perfect revision material for any student taking a war studies course and got me through my War, Armed Forces and Society module at University.
It is smartly organized into the following chapters
- Land Warfare
- Sea Warfare
- War in the Air and Space
- Irregular warfare
- Weapons of Mass Destruction.
All chapters have the same plan roughly: historical analysis of conflicts for the aforementioned chapters, principles and future developments.
The ideas and concepts are really interesting. A negative note for me is the chapter about Irregular warfare as the view is too "Westernized" meaning if you believe everything you hear or see in your national medias in the West, you will love this chapter. If you have a bit of critical thinking, I would advise to be less focused on it from the moment the author starts to speak about modern insurgencies.
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