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SWJED
06-29-2007, 08:09 AM
Council member Zenpundit (http://zenpundit.blogspot.com/) has a post up over at Chicago Boyz - Book Review: The Changing Face of War (http://chicagoboyz.net/archives/5047.html).


Eminent Dutch-Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_van_Creveld) has the rare distinction among historians of having been more right about the future than he has been about the past. His earlier 1990ís works, The Transformation of War (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0029331552/104-3075668-4435162?ie=UTF8&tag=smallwarsjour-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0029331552) and The Rise and Decline of The State (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/052165629X/104-3075668-4435162?ie=UTF8&tag=smallwarsjour-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=052165629X) were radical interpretations for military history and clashed somewhat with the views of Europeanist and late Medieval specialists but they pointed to the current state of global affairs with great prescience and scholarly authority.

Van Creveldís latest book, The Changing Face of War: Lessons of Combat From the Marne to Iraq (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0891419012/104-3075668-4435162?ie=UTF8&tag=smallwarsjour-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0891419012) is not an example of a historian resting on his laurels but of expanding and extrapolating upon previous ideas. In this book, Dr. van Creveld analyzes the evolution of twentieth century warfare up to itís WWII apex and subsequent decline to a 21st century nadir of shrunken conventional armies, overloaded with goldplated technology but unable to beat shadowy terrorist groups and ragtag insurgencies armed with homemade bombs...