Current military historiography has a tendency to portray the military effectiveness of non-western, post-colonial states in broad generalized stereotypes. This monograph examines the militaries of Nigeria, Argentina, Egypt and India in times of crisis to challenge these assumptions. The book shows that despite having broad similarities, each of these states had unique characteristics that impacted their military effectiveness in different ways. These key variables included the military institutions' maturity and skill sets, the availability and management of human and material resources, and the quality of both civil and military leadership.
Pradeep P. Barua, Ph.D. (1995) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He is the author of Gentlemen of the Raj: The Indian Army Officer Corps 1817-1949 (Praeger, 2003) and The State at War in South Asia (University of Nebraska Press, 2005).
Acknowledgements... vii Introduction... 1 1. The Nigerian Civil War... 9 2. The Argentine War for the Malvinas Islands... 25 3. Egypt and the Ramadan War... 57 4. India's 1971 War for Bangladesh... 95 Conclusion... 141 Bibliography... 163 Index... 171