Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: National Styles and Strategic Cultures

Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: National Styles and Strategic Cultures

By: Beatrice Heuser (editor), Eitan Shamir (editor)Paperback

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This book is a major new study of the extent to which national mentalities, or 'ways of war', are responsible for 'national styles' of insurgency and counterinsurgency. Leading scholars examine the ways of war of particular insurgent movements, and the standard operational procedures of states and occupation forces to suppress them. Through case studies ranging from British, American and French counterinsurgency to the IRA and the Taliban, they show how 'national styles' evolve, influenced by transnational trends, ideas and practices. They examine whether we can identify a tendency to resort to a particular pattern of fighting and, if so, whether this is dictated by constants such as geography and climate, or by the available options, or else whether there exists a particular 'strategic culture' or 'national style'. Their findings show that 'national style' is not eternal but can undergo fundamental transformations.

About Author

Beatrice Heuser occupies a Chair in International Relations at the University of Reading, and holds degrees from the Universities of London (BA, MA) and Oxford (DPhil), and a Habilitation from Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Germany. She has previously taught at universities in London, France and Germany, and briefly worked at NATO headquarters. Publications include The Evolution of Strategy (2010), Reading Clausewitz (2002), and many works on nuclear strategy, NATO, and transatlantic relations. Eitan Shamir is a Senior Research Fellow with the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA), Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He was formerly head of the National Security Doctrine Department at the Prime Minister's Office, Israel, and served in the Israel Defense Forces General Headquarters. Recent works include Transforming Command (2011), as well as many other articles in leading academic journals, and book chapters.


1. Introduction: national style and strategic culture Beatrice Heuser and Jeannie Johnson; Part I. Coin Strategies: 2. True to form? Questioning British counterinsurgency tradition Robert Egnell and David Ucko; 3. French counterinsurgency in the era of the Algerian Wars, 1830-1962 Jacques Fremeaux and Bruno Reis; 4. Russian counterinsurgency in perspective Stephen Blank; 5. Crackdown: insurgency, potential insurgency and counterinsurgency in modern China Yitzhak Shichor; 6. You go to COIN with the military you have: the United States and 250 years of irregular war David E. Johnson; 7. From fighting 'francs-tireurs' to genocide: German counterinsurgency in the Second World War Henning Pieper; 8. Israel's counterinsurgency experience Efraim Inbar and Eitan Shamir; Part II. Insurgency Strategies: 9. National liberation, Algerian style? Jacques Fremeaux; 10. Irish Republican insurgency and terrorism, 1969-2007 Jim Storr; 11. The evolution of Palestinian resistance Carmit Valensi; 12. The Taliban Rob Johnson; Part III. Interaction: 13. Guerrilla and counter-guerrilla Greece: tradition and change Spyridon Plakoudas; 14. Syria: insurrection and suppression 2011-13 Eyal Zisser; 15. Beyond national styles: towards a connected history of Cold War counterinsurgency Elie Tenenbaum; 16. Universal toolbox, national styles, or divergence of civilisations? Beatrice Heuser and Eitan Shamir; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781316501009
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 396
  • ID: 9781316501009
  • weight: 550
  • ISBN10: 1316501000

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