Nations in Arms: The Theory and Practice of Territorial by Adam Roberts

By Adam Roberts

This can be a revised and enlarged 2d variation, which covers the query of defence rules in line with the belief, now not of long-distance retaliation, yet of creating a rustic demanding to beat. It makes an attempt to stipulate an alternative choice to the heavy reliance on nuclear deterrence of a few nations this present day. It lines the origins of the assumption of territorial defence and its present half within the defence plans of many nations from China to Switzerland. the level to which such rules could be thought of "manifestly defensive"is thought of; so are the results of industrialization and of recent precision-guided guns. rather than the talk approximately defence, solid when it comes to unilateral as opposed to multilateral disarmament; or club as opposed to non-membership of NATO, this e-book means that the controversy could concentration much less on those concerns than on one that is extra primary and in addition more effective: what sort of defence coverage can states or alliances pursue, which provide them a few regulate over their future, which could command public help and that's suitable with the aim of peace?

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But a 'pure' territorial defence policy, if such a thing exists, is one in which the main emphasis is on defence in depth, and in which guerrilla-type methods play a significant part. In Yugoslavia, the term 'territorial war' is sometimes used to describe the methods of fighting, including guerrilla warfare, which might be employed within the context of a territorial defence policy. Guerrilla warfare is a form of armed combat waged by small dispersed units operating in a concealed or semi-concealed way.

Guerrilla warfare may at times be conducted in conjunction with more regular forms of warfare, or it may be followed by such forms of war. s" The above definition also applies to most of the near-synonyms "Many distinguished authorities would define 'guerrilla warfare' rather differently. Vladimir Dedijer , the Yugoslav historian, has referred to 'the political and revolutionary character of guerrilla warfare' as being among its primary characteristics. Some anti-communist writers have laid even more stress on the revolutionary element of guerrilla warfare: but there have been cases, even if they are few, of guerrilla wars being fought as much to restore an older order as to create a new one .

Since the subject often encourages political rhetoric and nationalist bombast, the terms used need to be defined, and clearly differentiated from each other. It is true that definitions often have an element of the arbitrary about them. Those offered below are not necessarily more correct than others, but they do indicate how some key terms are used in this book. The semantic confusion in this field is well illustrated by 'territorial defence' itself-a term which is sometimes used indiscriminately to refer to three completely different types of things: the totality of a certain type of defence policy; /a form of military organization; and a method of fighting.

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