The Oxford Handbook of War

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2014-03-16
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The Oxford Handbook of War is the definitive analysis of war in the twenty-first century. With over forty senior authors from academia, government and the armed forces world-wide the Handbook explores the history, theory, ethics and practice of war. The Handbook first considers the fundamental causes of war, before reflecting on the moral and legal aspects of war. Theories on the practice of war lead into an analysis of the strategic conduct of war and non Western ways of war. The heart of the Handbook is a compelling analysis of the military conduct of war which is juxtaposed with consideration of technology, economy, industry, and war. In conclusion the volume looks to the future of this apparently perennial feature of human interaction.

Author Biography

Julian Lindley-French, Eisenhower Professor of Defence Strategy; Associate Fellow, Netherlands Defence Academy; Royal Institute for International Affairs,Yves Boyer, Ecole Polytechnique, Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique, Paris, Deputy Director

Julian Lindley-French is a member of the Atlantic Council of the United States as well as Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and Senior Associate Fellow of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He is Head of the Commander's Initiative Group (CIG) for NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) in which he is leading efforts to operationalise the Comprehensive Approach, as well as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group in Washington. He was formerly a Course Director at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and European Co-Chair of the US-European Working Group on Stabilisation and Reconstruction Missions for CSIS and Project Leader for the Atlantic Council's Stratcon 2010 project on the NATO Strategic Concept. He is Eisenhower Professor of Defence Strategy at the Netherlands Defence Academy, and Special Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Leiden.

Dr Yves Boyer is Professor at Ecole polytechnique, the most prestigious French Grande Ecole, teaching "Geopolitics and Strategy". The Deputy Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) in Paris, he is a former senior researcher at the French Institute for International Affairs (IFRI), at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS-London) and a Woodrow Wilson Scholar (Washington D.C.). He is also the vice-president of the board of the Comite d'Etude de Defense Nationale (Paris), a member of the editorial boards of the Annuaire Francais de Relations Internationales, the Revue de Geoeconomie (Paris) and Questions Internationales (Paris).

Table of Contents

Foreword, Sir Michael Howard
Introduction, Julian Lindley-French and Yves Boyer
Part I: The Fundamental Causes of War
1. Defining War, Sir Lawrence Freedman
2. Strategy and War, Hew Strachan
3. How History Shapes War, George-Henri Soutou
4. The Collision of Modern and Post-Modern War, Christopher Coker
5. Alliances and War, Yves Boyer
6. Brazil, India, and China: Emerging Powers and Warfare, Alfredo Valladao
Part II: The Moral and Legal Aspects of War
7. Morality and War, Paul Schulte
8. The Evolving Legal Aspects of War, Serge Sur
Part III: Theories on the Practice of War
9. The History of Grand Strategy and the Conduct of Micro-Wars, Colonel Benoit Durieux
10. The Strategic Object of War, Ambassador Alyson Bailes
11. Nuclear Deterrence and War, Olivier Debouzy
12. Unconventional Forms of War, Christian Malis
13. Terrorism and War, Ambassador Robert E. Hunter
Part IV: The Strategic Conduct of War
14. Strategic Leadership and War, Julian Lindley-French
15. Intelligence and War, Sir Paul Lever
16. The Pol/Mil Interface and War: The French at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century, General d'Armees, Jean-Louis Georgelin
17. Managing War, William Hopkinson
Part V: Non-Western Ways of War
18. The Russian Way of War: In Crisis?, Isabelle Facon
19. The Twenty-First Century War: Chinese Perspectives, General Peng Guang Qian
20. The Japanese Way of War, Vice-Admiral Fumio Ota
Part VI: The Military Conduct of War
21. Military Coalitions in War, Lt Gen Andrew Graham
22. Military Leadership in a Changing World, General Peter van Uhm and Ben Schoenmaker
23. The Art of Command in the Twenty-First Century: Reflections on Three Commands, General Sir David Richards
24. Hybrid Conflict and the Changing Nature of Actors, Rob de Wijk
25. Conducting Joint Operations, Lt General Sir Richard Shirreff
26. Counterinsurgency and War, Colonel Gian P. Gentile
27. The Role of Logistics in War, Matthew Uttley and Christopher Kinsey
28. Land Warfare, General de Corps d'Armee Antoine Lecerf
29. Maritime Warfare and the Importance of Sea Control, Admiral Lord West
30. Air Warfare, Air Commodore Frans Osinga
31. Teaching War, Colonel Ton de Munnik
Part VII: Technology, Economy, Industry and War
32. The Limits of Technology in War, Colonel Michel Goya
33. Space: A New Theatre of War?, Xavier Pasco
34. Affording War: The British Case, Chris Donnelly, Commander Simon Atkinson, and Julian Lindley-French
35. Industry and War, Heinz Schulte
36. Procurement and War, Nick Witney
37. The Defense Industry in the Contemporary Global Security Environment, Ambassador Robert G. Bell
Part VIII: Civil-Military Co-operation and War
38. The Changing Relationship Between Society and Armed Forces, Paul Cornish
39. Clear, Hold, and Build: Operationalising the Comprehensive Approach, Julian Lindley-French, Paul Cornish, and Andrew Rathmell
40. Building a Multilateral Civilian Surge, Hans Binnendijk and Jacqueline Carpenter
41. Demography and Warfare, Radha Kumar
42. Communicating War: The Gamekeeper's Perspective, Jamie Shea
43. Communicating War: The Poacher, Caroline Wyatt
44. Does War have a Future?, Michael Clarke
Conclusion: The Fatal Fatalism of War?, Julian Lindley-French and Yves Boyer

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