The Changing Face of War: Learning from History

Synopsis

This collection of original essays, written by military professionals engaged in war studies at Royal Military College of Canada, demonstrates the value of historical study. The essays examine the past, present, and future of war to find solutions for the problems of today and tomorrow.

Part I deals with the evolution of military strategy and doctrine, from the Napoleonic Wars to today. Contributors look at the influence of great military thinkers on the armed forces of the Western world and examine how previous military leaders dealt with issues similar to those faced today. Part II examines warfare at the end of this century. Examples of the development of revolutionary warfare in Asia from Mao to Giap are used to underscore the cultural and situational influences on doctrines of revolutionary war. Part III looks at the future of conflict in the twenty-first century. Contributors investigate diverse issues, including the impact of computers on warfare, the effect of media coverage on strategy, space policy, arms control in the post-Cold War era, political systems and their relationship to the probability of war, and the prospects of stealth technology.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Lcol Richard J. Young
  • Paul Johnston
  • Lcol Kenneth M. Nesbitt
  • Lcol Ian McCulloch
  • Major Robert Poirier
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Montreal
Publication year:
  • 1998