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The origins of small wars: from special operations to ideological insurgencies

Heuser, B., Deruelle, B., Fonck, B., Satterfield, G., Kleinmann, S., Forrest, A., Esdaile, C., Lawrence, M. and Rink, M. (2015) The origins of small wars: from special operations to ideological insurgencies. Small Wars and Insurgencies, 25 (4). Taylor and Francis, pp162.

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This edited volume explores the origins of the term small wars and traces it to special operations. In the 17th century, such "guerrilla/petite guerre" special operations grew out of training and winter operations of the regular forces as practiced in the 16th century. In the 18th century, they fused with a tradition going back to Antiquity, of employing special ethnic groups (such as the Hungarian Hussars) for special operations. Side by side with these special operations, however, there was the even older genealogy of uprisings and insurgencies, which since the Spanish Guerrilla of 1808-1812 has been associated with this term. All three traditions have influenced each other.

Item Type:Book
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:40169
Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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