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(p. 230) 13. Conventional Power and Contemporary Warfare 

(p. 230) 13. Conventional Power and Contemporary Warfare
(p. 230) 13. Conventional Power and Contemporary Warfare

John Ferris

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date: 08 July 2020

This chapter examines how — and the extent to which — conventional military power influences the contemporary world, whether by fighting wars or by backing policy in peace. It first reviews the history of how power affects warfare before discussing the emergence of new world orders in 1945, 1989, and 2001, noting that since 1945, the power of conventional force has been limited by weapons of mass destruction and guerrilla warfare. It then considers how conventional forces function in areas ranging from distant strike to urban warfare, and compares their role to that of other forms of force such as WMDs and terrorism. It also analyses the conventional strength of states in the world, along with trends in its development and distribution.

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