The Other Face of Battle

The Other Face of Battle
Author : Wayne E. Lee
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 272
Release : 2021-06-03
ISBN 10 : 9780190920647
ISBN 13 : 0190920645
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Other Face of Battle Book Description:

Taking its title from The Face of Battle, John Keegan's canonical book on the nature of warfare, The Other Face of Battle illuminates the American experience of fighting in irregular and intercultural wars over the centuries. Sometimes known as forgotten wars, in part because they lacked triumphant clarity, they are the focus of the book. David Preston, David Silbey, and Anthony Carlson focus on, respectively, the Battle of Monongahela (1755), the Battle of Manila (1898), and the Battle of Makuan, Afghanistan (2020)--conflicts in which American soldiers were forced to engage in irregular warfare, confronting an enemy entirely alien to them. This enemy rejected the Western conventions of warfare and defined success and failure--victory and defeat--in entirely different ways. Symmetry of any kind is lost. Here was not ennobling engagement but atrocity, unanticipated insurgencies, and strategic stalemate. War is always hell. These wars, however, profoundly undermined any sense of purpose or proportion. Nightmarish and existentially bewildering, they nonetheless characterize how Americans have experienced combat and what its effects have been. They are therefore worth comparing for what they hold in common as well as what they reveal about our attitude toward war itself. The Other Face of Battle reminds us that irregular or asymmetrical warfare is now not the exception but the rule. Understanding its roots seems more crucial than ever.


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