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By Alessandro Dal Lago, Salvatore Palidda

This ebook is an exam of the influence of up to date wars (such because the 'War on Terror') on civil existence at an international point. modern literature on warfare is principally dedicated to contemporary adjustments within the idea and perform of struggle, specific these within which terrorists or insurgents are concerned (for instance, the 'revolution in army affairs', 'small wars', and so on). however, modern-day examine on safeguard is targeted, between different topics, at the results of the conflict on terrorism, and on civil liberties and social regulate. This quantity connects those fields of study, exhibiting how 'war' and 'security' are likely to trade pursuits and different types of motion in addition to team of workers (for example, the spreading use of non-public contractors in wars and of army specialists within the 'struggle for security') in sleek society. This exhibits how, opposite to Clausewitz's trust battle will be conceived of as a "continuation of politics through different means", the other assertion is usually precise: that politics, insofar because it issues safety, will be outlined because the 'continuation of battle through different means'. This booklet might be of a lot curiosity to scholars of serious defense stories, struggle and clash experiences, terrorism reports, sociology and IR commonly. Salvatore Palidda is Professor of Sociology within the school of schooling on the collage of Genoa. Alessandro Dal Lago is Professor of Sociology of tradition and verbal exchange on the collage of Genoa.

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This shift heralds the cancellation of political goals and tactical pertinence and, to maintaining order, the emergence of new types of weaponry suited for infantry combat and urban warfare. The seeming triumph of imperial America has led to the acephalous transnationalization of violent ‘governance’, whose promotion the US ensures through the continuous strategic modernization called RMA and, more recently, Military Transformation. The barbarization of means: from RMA to transformation Analysing the change in US arsenals from the 1990s to the 2000s, with the abandonment of unused arms systems inherited from the Cold War, it is possible to describe a barbarization of the representations of mortal combat 42 A.

19 At the height of the Roman Empire towards the end of the first century AD, the overall number of legionnaires defending the borders of a territory that ran from Scotland in the north to Persia in the south-­east was no more than 180,000 men (Wells, 1984). As the historian Procopius has taught us, the armies of Justinian, one of the most aggressive Byzantine emperors, rarely surpassed 15,000 to 20,000 men each (Bréhier, 1949). Until the time of Napoleonic armies, and in spite of an incessant series of conflicts, European armies rarely surpassed the size considered optimal of 30,000 to 40,000 men (Keegan, 1994).

It is nonetheless true that, alongside the theories about ‘grand strategies’, there has also been a concern throughout history for ‘minor wars’, border wars, anti-­insurrectional warfare and so on, at least since the time of Byzantine military thought, which found itself tackling irregular or non-­conventional combatants, such as Turks, Pechenegs and Arabs. See, in particular, the Strategikon by Emperor Maurice and Taktika by Leo VI the Wise. Ample excerpts of these treatises, which have become fashionable again in American military thought, can be found in Chaliand (1990).

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