1st Edition

Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies Guerrillas and their Opponents since 1750

By Ian Beckett Copyright 2002
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies explores how unconventional warfare tactics have opposed past and present governments all over the world, from eighteenth-century guerrilla warfare to the urban terrorism of today. Insurgency remains one of the most prevalent forms of conflict and presents a crucial challenge to the international community, governments and the military.
    In addition to examining the tactics of guerrilla leaders such as Lawrence, Mao, Guevara and Marighela, Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies also analyses the counter-insurgency theories of Gallieni, Callwell, Thompson and Kitson. It explores such conflicts as:
    * the American War of Independence
    * Napoleon's campaign in Spain
    * the wars of decolonisation
    * the superpowers in Vietnam and Afghanistan
    * conflicts in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Colombia.


    Ian F. W. Beckett is Professor of Modern History at the University of Luton and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His many publications include The Amateur Military Tradition (1991) and Encycolpedia of Guerrilla Warfare (1999)