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War and Warfare since 1945

1st Edition

By Sterling M. Pavelec


174 pages

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Beginning with an exploration into the question of what war is, War and Warfare since 1945 provides a chronological analysis of military history since the end of World War II extending through to an analysis of the limits of modern warfare in the nuclear age with the purpose of examining why war occurs and how it is carried out. Among the types of conflict considered within the book are:

  • state conflicts
  • civil wars
  • proxy wars
  • terrorism and counterterrorism
  • insurgency
  • genocide.

Both theoretical and historical, War and Warfare since 1945 also explores the definitions, ethics, morals, and effects of the use of militaries in and after war, and puts forward important questions about how wars are resolved. The wars discussed include the first Arab-Israeli War, the Chinese Civil War, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq war. The book concludes with an investigation into modern war and speculation on the changing face of warfare.

Table of Contents


Introduction: What is War?

Chapter One: The Aftermath of World War Two, 1945-1954

Chapter Two: Shaping the Global Order, 1954-1964

Chapter Three: Proxy Wars and Political Violence, 1964-1975

Chapter Four: Cold War Tension and Resolution, 1975-1990

Chapter Five: Cold War Civil Wars

Chapter Six: "The End of History" and the New World Order, 1991-2001

Chapter Seven: The World Since 9/11

Chapter Eight: The Future of War and Warfare

Epilogue: A Philosophy of War





About the Author

Dr. Sterling Michael Pavelec is currently an Associate Professor of Military History – with an airpower focus – at the U.S. Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. His previous publications include The Military-Industrial Complex and American Society (2010) and The Jet Race and the Second World War (2007).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century