- Series: Columbia/Hurst
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (September 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231702949
- ISBN-13: 978-0231702942
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,686,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conceptualising Modern War (Columbia/Hurst) Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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War, Clausewitz's chameleon, constantly changes its colors or outward manifestation while retaining its essence. We are witnessing a color shift, as this volume shows brilliantly, though it is more subtle and complex than commonly alleged. With trenchant critiques of key concepts like 'asymmetry' and 'generations of warfare,' this carefully researched collection weeds out much of the nonsense and half-digested ideas found elsewhere. The well-judged summary critiques of recently fashionable concepts, such as Effects-Based Operations, Network-Centric Warfare, and Transformation, should be set texts for students. An outstanding and timely evaluation of strategy debates since the end of the Cold War.(Beatrice Heuser, University of Reading, author of The Evolution of Strategy: Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present and The Strategy Makers: Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz)
I recommend this book to professional and student alike. The essays give excellent descriptions and explanations of the terms used to categorize our recent military endeavors, and in the process the concepts behind the choice of categories are exposed, revealing much about our approach to warfare.(General Sir Rupert Smith, KCB DSO OBE QGM, author of The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it as a must read to practitioners, policy makers and academics. The analysis is extremely persuasive, and the authors have provided a commendable product. The volume fits neatly into the current literature filling an important niche, and will not be rapidly overcome by events. It could become a classic.(Andrew Dorman, King's College, University of London)
About the Author
Karl Erik Haug is associate professor of history at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy in Trondheim. He specializes in Norwegian foreign policy, military history, and international relations.Ole Jørgen Maaø is associate professor of history at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy in Trondheim. He served nearly twenty years as an officer with the Norwegian Air Force before becoming a full-time scholar in 2006.
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