1st Edition

Understanding Land Warfare

ISBN 9780415507547
Published May 7, 2014 by Routledge
290 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Understanding Land Warfare provides a thorough grounding in the vocabulary, concepts, issues and debates associated with modern land warfare.

The book is a thematic, debate-driven analysis of what makes land warfare unique; how it interacts with the other environments; the key concepts that shape how it is executed; the trade-offs associated with its prosecution; and the controversies that continue to surround its focus and development.

Understanding Land Warfare contains several key themes:

  • the difficulty of conducting land warfare
  • the interplay between change and continuity
  • the growing importance of co-operation
  • the variety of ways in which land warfare is fought; the competing theoretical debates; the tensions and trade-offs.

This book will be essential reading for military personnel studying on cadet, intermediate and staff courses. In addition, it will also be of use to undergraduate and postgraduate students of military history, war studies and strategic studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: The Development of Land Warfare  1. Land Warfare in Theory 2. The Development of Modern Land Warfare 3. Modern Tactics 4. Modern Operational Art and the Operational Level of War 5. Land Warfare: Context and Variation  Part II: What is Victory? 6. Counterinsurgency Operations 7. Peace and Stability Operations 8. Peace and Stability Operations: Challenges and Debates  Part III: Future Land Warfare 9. The Future of Warfare on Land 10. The Paradigm Army   Conclusion  Select Bibliography


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Christopher Tuck is a Lecturer with the Department of Defence Studies, King’s College, London, based at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Prior to this, he was a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.