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Transformation of War

Transformation of War
  • Author : Martin Van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2009-11-24
  • Total pages :254
  • ISBN : 9781439188897
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Summary : At a time when unprecedented change in international affairs is forcing governments, citizens, and armed forces everywhere to re-assess the question of whether military solutions to political problems are possible any longer, Martin van Creveld has written an audacious searching examination of the nature of war and of its radical transformation in our own time. For 200 years, military theory and strategy have been guided by the Clausewitzian assumption that war is rational - a reflection of national interest and an extension of politics by other means. However, van Creveld argues, the overwhelming pattern of conflict in the post-1945 world no longer yields fully to rational analysis. In fact, strategic planning based on such calculations is, and will continue to be, unrelated to current realities. Small-scale military eruptions around the globe have demonstrated new forms of warfare with a different cast of characters - guerilla armies, terrorists, and bandits - pursuing diverse goals by violent means with the most primitive to the most sophisticated weapons. Although these warriors and their tactics testify to the end of conventional war as we've known it, the public and the military in the developed world continue to contemplate organized violence as conflict between the super powers. At this moment, armed conflicts of the type van Creveld describes are occurring throughout the world. From Lebanon to Cambodia, from Sri Lanka and the Philippines to El Salvador, the Persian Gulf, and the strife-torn nations of Eastern Europe, violent confrontations confirm a new model of warfare in which tribal, ethnic, and religious factions do battle without high-tech weapons or state-supported armies and resources. This low-intensity conflict challenges existing distinctions between civilian and solder, individual crime and organized violence, terrorism and war. In the present global atmosphere, practices that for three centuries have been considered uncivilized, such as capturing civilians or even entire communities for ransom, have begun to reappear. Pursuing bold and provocative paths of inquiry, van Creveld posits the inadequacies of our most basic ideas as to who fights wars and why and broaches the inevitability of man's need to "play" at war. In turn brilliant and infuriating, this challenge to our thinking and planning current and future military encounters is one of the most important books on war we are likely to read in our lifetime.

Moshe Dayan

Moshe Dayan
  • Author : Martin Van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2004
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9780297846697
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Summary : Martin van Creveld's Moshe Dayan tells the story of one man and of one people, to whom he was a figurehead - a symbol of their patriotism and their determination to survive. Born in a kibbutz in 1915, Dayan joined the Hagana when he was just fourteen, thus starting early a military career that saw him serve in every war fought in the Middle East from the War of Israeli Independence in 1948 to the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Twice he led his country's forces into smashing victories. Having planned and executed the one and directed the other, with his one eye he towers over them like Nelson over the Battle of Trafalgar. Skilled in battle, skilled in diplomacy, like many powerful public figures, Moshe Dayan's private life was far from mundane. The book quotes from little-known sources, including an account written by one of his mistresses, that reveal much about his character and his life away from the battlefield. This is an honest portrayal of both the private and the public figure, which seeks to understand a man whose contribution to the state of Israel in its developing years was immeasurable.

Technology and War

Technology and War
  • Author : Martin Van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2010-05-11
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 1439143978
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Summary : In this impressive work, van Creveld considers man's use of technology over the past 4,000 years and its impact on military organization, weaponary, logistics, intelligence, communications, transportation, and command. This revised paperback edition has been updated to include an account of the range of technology in the recent Gulf War.

On Future War

On Future War
  • Author : Martin Van Creveld
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  • Release Date :1991
  • Total pages :254
  • ISBN : 9780080417967
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Summary : An examination of the nature of war and its radical transformation in our own time. The author argues that the Clausewitzian assumption that war is rational is outdated, and that strategic, logical planning is unrelated to the current realities of guerrilla armies, terrorists and bandits. He sets out to demonstrate that our most basic ideas of who fights wars, and why, are inadequate - because man has a need to play at war.

The Training of Officers

The Training of Officers
  • Author : Martin Van Creveld
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  • Release Date :1990-01-01
  • Total pages :134
  • ISBN : 9780029331521
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Summary : Looks at the history of military education, argues that modern officer training is inadequate, and suggests ways to improve the qualities of military leadership

Pussycats

Pussycats
  • Author : Martin Van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2016-06-05
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 9781533232007
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Summary : In the kingdom(s) of the West, something is rotten. Collectively, the countries of NATO are responsible for almost two thirds of global military spending. In terms of military technology, particularly electronics, communications and logistics, they have left the rest so far behind that it is no contest. Yet ever since the Korean War ended in 1953, almost every time they went abroad and fought non-Westerners they were defeated and ended up by having to withdraw. What went wrong? How did the ferocious soldiers who, between the discovery of America in 1492 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914, brought practically the entire world under their control, turn into pussycats? The present study, unique of its kind, provides the answers. Either do what has to be done, it suggests, or go under"--Back cover

The Art of War

The Art of War
  • Author : Martin Van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2000-05-25
  • Total pages :482
  • ISBN : 9781552781265
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Summary : The art of making war is among humankind's earliest professions,stretching far back before the written word, when heroic deeds inbattles were carved on stone or recited through poem or song.In thissweeping, lucid history, Martin van Creveld explores militarythought and strategy, from the earliest Chinese military thinkers to20th-century perspectives on terrorism. This incredibly comprehensivebook provides the reader with a gripping narrative of how war has beenwaged in ages past and a glimpse of what war may come to look like inthe future. Military theories from Chinese thinker Sun Tzu to experts on guerrilla warfare and the terrorism of today Strategiesof the Greeks and Romans as they worked to raise armies, disciplinethem, arm them, and provide them with the means for victory Thework of military geniuses Adam von Buelow, Antoine Henri Jomini, andKarl von Clausewitz, theorists who devised strategies still in use today Modern armoured air, naval, and nuclear warfare -- how technology has changed the face of battle

Supplying War

Supplying War
  • Author : Martin van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2004-03-15
  • Total pages :313
  • ISBN : 9780521546577
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Summary : Uses unpublished sources to examine the problems of transportation and administration and movement and supply, analyzing operations from a variety of wars and including a discussion of the role of logistics in high-tech warfare.

The Age of Airpower

The Age of Airpower
  • Author : Martin Van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2011-04-12
  • Total pages :512
  • ISBN : 1586489828
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Summary : Airpower, more than any other factor, has shaped war in the twentieth century. In this fascinating narrative history, Martin van Creveld vividly portrays the rise of the plane as a tool of war and the evolution of both technology and strategy. He documents seminal battles and turning points, and relates stories of individual daring and collective mastery of the skies. However, the end of airpower's glorious age is drawing near. The conventional wisdom to the contrary, modern precision guided munitions have not made fighter bombers more effective against many kinds of targets than their predecessors in World War II. U.S. ground troops calling for air support in Iraq in 2003 did not receive it any faster than Allied forces did in France in 1944. And from its origins on, airpower has never been very effective against terrorists, guerrillas, and insurgents. As the warfare waged by these kinds of people grow in importance, and as ballistic missiles, satellites, cruise missiles and drones increasingly take the place of quarter-billion-dollar manned combat aircraft and their multi-million-dollar pilots, airpower is losing utility almost day by day.

The Evolution of Operational Art

The Evolution of Operational Art
  • Author : John Andreas Olsen,Martin van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :273
  • ISBN : 0199599483
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Summary : Broadly defined as the grey area between strategy and tactics, operational art spans the theory and practice of planning and conducting campaigns and major operations aimed at accomplishing strategic and operational objectives in a given theatre of operations. An intermediate link between strategy and tactics has always existed, but a distinct concept that encompasses a systematic and deliberate plan of campaign for major operations is a mere two hundred years old. Based on country specific case-studies, this book describes how the concepts that underpin operational art originated, how they received practical expression in various campaigns, and how they developed over time. The point of departure is the campaigns of 'the God of War', Napoleon Bonaparte. The book then proceeds with chapters on the evolution of operational art in Prussia / Germany, the Soviet Union / Russia, the United Kingdom, United States, Israel, and China. The final chapter deals with the future of operational art in irregular warfare. Theory is critical to refining and improving existing methods of applying operational warfare, and its importance cannot be overstated; however, to be useful, theory and its accompanying vocabulary must be combined with a proper examination of historical trends and practical experience. The present volume attempts to achieve that combination. This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.

Wargames

Wargames
  • Author : Martin van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2013-04-04
  • Total pages :329
  • ISBN : 110735563X
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Summary : Where did wargames come from? Who participated in them, and why? How is their development related to changes in real-life warfare? Which aspects of war did they capture, which ones did they leave out, how, and why? What do they tell us about the conduct of war in the times and places where they were played? How useful are they in training and preparation for war? Why are some so much more popular than others, and how do men and women differ in their interest? Starting with the combat of David versus Goliath, passing through the gladiatorial games, tournaments, trials by battle, duels, and board games such as chess, all the way to the latest simulations and computer games, this unique book traces the subject in all its splendid richness. As it does so, it provides new and occasionally surprising insights into human nature.

Command in War

Command in War
  • Author : Martin Van Creveld
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  • Release Date :1987-01-01
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 0674257219
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Summary : Many books have been written about strategy, tactics, and great commanders. This is the first book to deal exclusively with the nature of command itself, and to trace its development over two thousand years from ancient Greece to Vietnam. It treats historically the whole variety of problems involved in commanding armies, including staff organization and administration, communications methods and technologies, weaponry, and logistics. And it analyzes the relationship between these problems and military strategy. In vivid descriptions of key battles and campaigns—among others, Napoleon at Jena, Moltke’s Königgrätz campaign, the Arab–Israeli war of 1973, and the Americans in Vietnam—Martin van Creveld focuses on the means of command and shows how those means worked in practice. He finds that technological advances such as the railroad, breech-loading rifles, the telegraph and later the radio, tanks, and helicopters all brought commanders not only new tactical possibilities but also new limitations. Although vast changes have occurred in military thinking and technology, the one constant has been an endless search for certainty—certainty about the state and intentions of the enemy’s forces; certainty about the manifold factors that together constitute the environment in which war is fought, from the weather and terrain to radioactivity and the presence of chemical warfare agents; and certainty about the state, intentions, and activities of one’s own forces. The book concludes that progress in command has usually been achieved less by employing more advanced technologies than by finding ways to transcend the limitations of existing ones.

Seeing into the Future

Seeing into the Future
  • Author : Martin van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2020-06-15
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 1789142679
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Summary : The ability to predict the future is essential to modern life. Planning for population growth or changes in weather patterns or forecasting demand for products and managing inventories would be impossible without it. But how have people through the ages gone about making predictions? What were their underlying assumptions, and what methods did they use? Have increased computer power and the newest algorithms improved our success in anticipating the future, or are we still only as good (or as bad) as our ancestors bent over their auguries? From the ancients watching the flight of birds to the murky activities of Google and Facebook today, Seeing into the Future provides vital insight into the past, present, and—of course—future of prediction.

Hitler in Hell

Hitler in Hell
  • Author : Martin Van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2018-04-16
  • Total pages :472
  • ISBN : 9789527065280
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Summary : After his death in the Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler finds himself in Hell. With nothing better to do than to pass the time, Hitler reflects upon his life in light of the post-World War II world. In Hell, Adolf Hitler is finally free to tell the true story of the Nazi Party, World War II, and the Final Solution.

More on War

More on War
  • Author : Martin van Creveld
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  • Release Date :2017-02-26
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 0198788177
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Summary : "War is the most important thing in the world', writes Martin van Creveld, one of the world's best-known experts on military history and strategy.The survival of every country, government, and individual is ultimately dependent on war - or the ability to wage it in self-defence. That is why, though it may come but once in a hundred years, it must be prepared for every day. When it is too late - when the bodies lie stiff and people weep overthem - those in charge have failed in their duty. Nevertheless, in spite of the centrality of war to human history and culture, there has for long been no modern attempt to provide a replacement for the classics on war and strategy, Sun Tzu's The Art of War, dating from the 5th or 6th century BC, and Carl von Clausewitz's On War, written in theaftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. What is needed is a modern, comprehensive, easy to read and understand theory of war for the 21st century that could serve as a replacement for these classic texts. The purpose of the present book is to provide just such a theory.