eBook The Britannica Guide to War: The Science of War, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615307508
  • ISBN-13: 9781615307500
  • DDC: 355.409
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 192 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012
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Overview

War, while often gruesome and devastating, can also be viewed as a science or art, involving the translation of theory into practice. Even as weapons grow in sophistication over time, war has always involved careful calculations and balancing the interests of the involved party with effective combat techniques against an enemy. This absorbing volume examines the evolution of the strategies, tactics, and logistics employed in various wars and conflicts, from ancient times to the present-day.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: Strategy.
2: Fundamentals of Strategy.
3: Caesar Conquers Gaul—and Wins Rome.
4: Historical Development.
5: Strategy in Antiquity.
6: Medieval Strategy.
7: Strategy in the Early Modern Period.
8: The French Revolution and the Emergence of Modern Strategies.
9: Lincoln's Anaconda Plan.
10: Strategy in the Age of Total War.
11: The Battle of the Atlantic.
12: Strategy in the Age of Nuclear Weapons.
13: Arms Control.
14: Strategy and Wars of National Liberation.
15: Strategy and Terrorism.
16: Tactics.
17: Fundamentals of Tactics.
18: Victory through Force and Guile.
19: The Need for Flexibility.
20: The Importance of Terrain.
21: Historical Development.
22: Tribal and Ancient Tactics.
23: Battle of Gaugamela.
24: Medieval Tactics in the West.
25: Longbowmen at Agincourt.
26: The Advent of Firearms.
27: Tactics from Waterloo to the Bulge.
28: Tanks at Cambrai.
29: From Conventional War to Terrorism.
30: Logistics.
31: Fundamentals of Logistics.
32: Components of Logistics.
33: Special Features of Naval Logistics.
34: Power versus Movement.
35: Hannibal Crosses the Alps.
36: Historical Development.
37: Logistic Systems Before 1850.
38: Logistics in the Industrial Era.
39: Mulberry.
40: Logistics in the Nuclear Age.
41: Diego Garcia.
42: Guerrilla Warfare.
43: History.
44: Early History.
45: Origins of Modern Guerrilla Warfare.
46: The Cold War Period.
47: General Giap.
48: The Post-Cold War Period.
49: Principles.
50: Purpose and Motivation.
51: Popular Support.
52: Leaders and Recruits.
53: Organization and Unity of Command.
54: Arms.
55: Sanctuary and Support.
56: Terror.
57: Strategy and Tactics.
58: Lawrence of Arabia.
59: Counterguerrilla Warfare.
60: Topics in 21st-Century Warfare.
61: The Limits of High Technology: Afghanistan, 2001–02.
62: New Weapons.
63: Logistic Challenges.
64: Remote Command and Information Overload.
65: War and the Media: Iraq, 2003.
66: “Embedded” versus “Unilateral” Journalists.
67: Managing Media Access.
68: Winners and Losers.
69: POWs and the War on Terrorism: Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004.
70: Abu Ghraib Prison.
71: Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp.
72: POWs and the Geneva Conventions.
73: Legal Uncertainty.
74: Political Uncertainty.
75: Piracy on the High Seas: Indian Ocean, 2005.
76: Piracy Ancient and Modern.
77: Piracy for Gain or Terror.
78: Defense.
79: Piracy in the Malacca Strait.
80: Outsourcing War: Iraq, 2006.
81: The Evolution of PMFs.
82: Effects on the Military.
83: Legal Issues.
84: Advances in Battlefield Medicine: Iraq and Afghanistan, 2007.
85: Battlefield First Aid.
86: Evacuation for Treatment and Surgery.
87: Extended Care and Rehabilitation.
88: Child Soldiers: Africa and Asia, 2009.
89: The Recruitment of Children.
90: The Reintegration of Child Soldiers.
91: UAVs: Middle East and South Asia, 2009.
92: A Growing Technology.
93: A Mixed Record.
94: Future Uses in War and Peace.
95: War on Computers and Networks: Cyberspace, 2010.
96: Attacks in Cyberspace.
97: Cybercrime, Cyberespionage, or Cyberwar?.
98: Cyberattack and Cyberdefense.
99: Stuxnet.
100: Conclusion.
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Index.