9781574886108

War : Ends and Means

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  • ISBN13:

    9781574886108

  • ISBN10:

    157488610X

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-07-01
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
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Summary

This book explores the causes, operations, endings, and justifications of war. In the process, it demolishes many currently fashionable illusions, such as that peace is always preferable to war, that wars occur because of accidents or misunderstandings, and that technology changes the nature of war. Abundant historical and contemporary examples show, the authors contend, that all wars are deliberate political choices, that military operations follow timeless principles, and that, as Aristotle taught, the natural aim of war is victory. This new edition of the book that Eugene Rostow called 'a gem,' Michael Howard called 'shrewd and trenchant,' and Library Journalcalled 'persuasive' devotes substantial attention to the wars of the post'Cold War period, including 'the war on terrorism.'

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction 1(22)
PART I How Wars Start
The Meaning of War and Peace
23(10)
The Causes of War
33(26)
PART II How Wars Are Fought
The Fog of Wars
59(16)
The Political Conditions of Battle
75(20)
The Material Conditions of Battle
95(18)
Winning the Battle: Land, Sea, and Air
113(18)
Military Operations in the Nuclear Age
131(20)
Political Warfare
151(22)
Indirect Warfare and Terror
173(22)
Intelligence
195(30)
Just War
225(26)
PART III How Wars End
Making Peace
251(30)
PART IV Wars of Our Time
Our Small Wars
281(18)
The Gulf War of 1990--91
299(20)
Terror and Iraq
319(28)
Notes 347(14)
Bibliography 361(6)
Index 367(14)
About the Author 381

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