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Insurgencies and counterinsurgencies: national styles and strategic cultures

Heuser, B. and Shamir, E., eds. (2017) Insurgencies and counterinsurgencies: national styles and strategic cultures. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp388. ISBN 9781107135048

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Abstract/Summary

This is a study of the extent to whichnational mentalities, or 'ways of war', are responsible for 'national styles' of insurgencies and counterinsurgency. Leading scholars examine the ways of war of particular insurgent movements and the standard operational procedures of states and occupation forces to suppress them. Through case studies including British, American, French, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Israeli and German COIN to the IRA and the Taliban and the ongoing war in Syria, they show how 'national styles' have evolved, influenced by transnational trends, ideas and practices, and the toolkit available. The case studies examine whether we can identify patterns, e.g. a tendency to resort to a particular set of tools, and if so, whether this is dictated by constants such as geography and climate, by the available tools, or else whether there exists a particular 'strategic culture' or 'national style'. Our findings show that 'national style' is not eternal but can undergo fundamental transformations.

Item Type:Book
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:69497
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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