Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare: 1927-1962 - Vol. 1

Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare: 1927-1962 - Vol. 1

Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare: 1927-1962 - Vol. 1

Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare: 1927-1962 - Vol. 1

Excerpt

This Casebook was originally published by the US Army Special Operations Research Office in December 1962. As we developed the Assessing Resistance and Insurgent Strategies (ARIS) project and work began on the new Casebook, we determined that the studies within this volume are still important and relevant and thus this first volume should be republished. This volume covers roughly the first half of the nineteenth century through 1962; Volume II covers 1962 through 2009. Each book addresses twenty-three insurgencies. The majority of the book was reproduced exactly as it appeared originally, with some minor spelling and punctuation corrections as well as changes in formatting to allow for modern typesetting and to match the new second volume in presentation. In the original, some of the footnotes or endnotes have no corresponding reference in the text, and in some instances, a reference number exists but has no corresponding footnote; these were left as is. This volume includes the following formats: a softbound book, a hardbound book, a PDF, and an EPUB. When citing this volume in scholarly work, please refer to the PDF version available at www.soc.mil.

This volume along with the other products from the ARIS project are essential learning tools developed to enhance Special Operations personnel’s understanding of resistances and insurgencies. For more than fifty years, Special Operations has conducted missions to support resistances or insurgencies (unconventional warfare); to counter them (counterinsurgency operations); or to support a partner nation in eliminating them (foreign internal defense). These operations are collectively referred to as special warfare. Special Operations doctrine gives general principles and strategies for accomplishing these operations but in most cases describes the resistance or insurgency only in generalities. The ARIS project was designed to serve as an anatomy lesson. It provides the necessary foundational material for the special warfare practitioner to learn the elemental structure, form, and function of rebellions, thus enabling him or her to better adapt and apply the doctrine professionally. Additionally, these products inform doctrine, ensuring that it is adapted to meet modern social and technological changes.

Paul J. Tompkins Jr. USASOC Project Lead

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