Rolling the Iron Dice: Historical Analogies and Decisions to Use Military Force in Regional Contingencies

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Validity and historical analogies, 4, 6, 121–22, 192, 198, 201–2, 208.
Seealso Historical analogies
Versailles Treaty, 42, 101, 175
Viet Cong, 206
Vietnam Syndrome, 205–6.
See also Vietnam War
Vietnam War, 15;
as an analogy, 1, 5, 8–9, 137, 201, 211–13;
use of analogies in, 2, 12.
See also Master analogies
Vimy Ridge, 5
Webb, James, assistant secretary of state, 51
Werewolf, 116
West Bank, 172
West Germany, 53
Woodhouse, Christopher, 92
World War I, 1, 31–43 passim, 71, 136–37, 175–76, 211
World War II, 9, 35–36, 43, 61–62, 71, 197–98.
See also 1930’s analogy
Writers and use of historical analogies, 30–44, 193–94
Yugoslavia, 1, 118, 136, 156, 205
Zaehner, Robin, 92
Zahedi, Fazlollah, 92

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgements xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - Individual Variables and the Use of Historical Information 27
  • 2 - The Leaders 29
  • Part II - Situational Variables and the Use of Historical Information 47
  • 3 - The Toughest Decision: Korea 49
  • 4 - A Twisted Tail: The Iranian Oil Nationalization Crisis 85
  • 5 - A Madman Brandishing an Axe: Suez 113
  • 6 - Indirect Aggression: Lebanon and Jordan 151
  • 7 - Conclusion 191
  • Bibliography 217
  • Index 237
  • About the Author 248
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