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Examines the combat experience of Israel’s ground forces in the Al-Aqsa Intifada in order to offer a set of innovative concepts for understanding irregular warfare. The combat experience of Israel’s ground forces in the second Palestinian uprising, the Al-Aqsa Intifada (2000–2006), is given full critical attention in this engaging study. Based on extensive interviews and observations, Rethinking Contemporary Warfare explores the ongoing debate about how the armed forces of industrial democracies wage contemporary military operations. Irregular warfare presents challenges, as routine activities can suddenly turn into violent action, forcing military forces to quickly adapt under the changing circumstances of the conflict. Such “new wars” are a messy reality consisting of high and low intensity conflict, the involvement of media and human rights movements, and the martial administration of civilian populations. Exploring the broad social and organizational features of these militaries, this volume sets forth new analytical tools to understand the peculiarities of irregular warfare in the post-Cold War era. These critical concepts include loose coupling between units, organizations that mediate between ground forces and civilian environments, and the militarization of civilian environments in urban warfare.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Methodology, Analysis, and Positioning
  2. pp. 17-19
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  1. 3. Schoolbook Wars—Textbook Units
  2. pp. 21-26
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  1. 4. War on the Frontier
  2. pp. 27-37
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  1. 5. The IDF Reacts
  2. pp. 39-66
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  1. 6. Swift Trust, Speedy Organizing
  2. pp. 67-89
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  1. 7. "Tactical Bubbles," "Civilian Seductions," and "Three-Block Warfare"
  2. pp. 91-112
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  1. 8. The Sociology and Psychology of Contemporary Urban Warfare
  2. pp. 113-124
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  1. 9. Technology, Gender, and New Combat Roles
  2. pp. 125-150
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  1. 10. "Human Rights," "Precision Warfare," and Violence
  2. pp. 151-173
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  1. 11. Conclusion
  2. pp. 175-185
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  1. References
  2. pp. 187-198
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438431864
Related ISBN
9781438431857
MARC Record
OCLC
650279256
Pages
212
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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