1st Edition

Modern Military Geography

ISBN 9780415870955
Published October 1, 2010 by Routledge
442 Pages

USD $110.00

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Book Description

This book of contributed chapters by subject matter expertly provides an overview and analysis of salient contemporary and historical military subjects from the military geographer’s perspective. Factors of geography have had a compelling influence on battles and campaigns throughout history; however, geography and military affairs have gained heightened attention during the past two decades, and military geography is the discipline best situated to explain them.  Hence, the premise of this book and its contents are founded on the principle that geographical knowledge of space, place, people, and scale provide essential insights into contemporary security issues and promotes the idea that such insight is critical to understanding and managing significant military problems at local, regional, and global scales. 

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Military Geography 1. Military Geography in the United States: History, Scope, and Recent Developments 2. Military Science for the Non-Professional 3. An Introduction to Geography for Non-Geographers 4. Environmental Security: A Growing Force in Regional Stability 5. The Environment and Regional Security: A Framework for Analysis 6. Climate Change and Potential Regional Instability in the Arctic 7. The Legacy of Federal Military Lands in the U.S.: A Geographical Retrospective Part II: Historical and Operational Military Geography 8. Streams and Military Landscape 9. Methuen’s Northern Cape Campaign, Anglo Boer War, 1899 – 1902 10.The Battle for Attu: Physical Geographic Challenges of the Aleutian Campaign of WW II 11. Protecting the Force: Medical Geography and the Buna-Gona Campaign 12. The Geography of Amphibious Warfare 13. Bosnia & Herzegovina 1992-1995– Epitomizing Yugoslavia’s Bloody Collapse 14. Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Freedom and Military Geographic Challenges 15.Iraq and Operation Iraqi Freedom: A Military Geography Part III: Applied Military Geography 16. Military Lands as Spatial Analogs for a 21st Century Army: Natural Environments for Testing and Training 17.Aeolian Processes and Military Operations 18. Infrastructure Vulnerability in a Catastrophic CSZ Event and Implications on Disaster Response for the Oregon Coast 19. Khe Sanh, Vietnam: Examining the Long-Term Impacts of Warfare on the Physical Landscape 20.Napoleonic Know-How for Stability Operations 21. Identicide in Sarajevo: The Destruction of the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina 22. Geopolitics and the Dragon’s Advance: An Exploration of the Strategy and Reality of China’s Growing Economic and Military Power and its Effect upon Taiwan 23. Ungoverned Space and Effective Sovereignty in the Global War on Terror: Western Pakistan

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Francis A. Galgano is a former Army officer, an Associate Professor of Geography, and the Chair of the Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University

Eugene J. Palka is a Colonel and Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services at Eastern Kentucky University . He is the former Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point


"A new generation of warrior-geographers have revisited the vital topic of military geography and produced a comprehensive and insightful overview of this sub-field of geography. This book will guide the reader to a new and deeper understanding of how the geographical perspective adds analytical value across the entire spectrum of military affairs."—Francis H. Dillon, Geography, George Mason University

"I have been waiting for a book like this for years! I am pleased that there is "Military 101" for geographers AND "Geography 101" for military personnel. This fills in knowledge gaps for those needing information and will offer a review for those who already have a knowledge base (in either geography or military operations)." –L. Jean Palmer-Moloney, Chair of the Association of American Geographers' Military Geography Specialty Group