The Evolution of Irregular War: Insurgents and Guerrillas From Akkadia to Afghanistan

TitleThe Evolution of Irregular War: Insurgents and Guerrillas From Akkadia to Afghanistan
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBoot, Max
MagazineForeign Affairs
Volume92
Frequencybimonthly
Issue Number2
Pagination100-114
Date Published2013/04
Abstract

Terrorism and guerrilla tactics are often treated as something new, a departure from old-fashioned ways of war. This article argued that nothing could be further from the truth. Throughout most of our species' long and bloody slog, warfare has primarily been carried out by bands of loosely organized, ill-disciplined, and lightly armed volunteers who disdained open battle in favor of stealthy raids and ambushes: the strategies of both tribal warriors and modern guerrillas and terrorists. In fact, conventional warfare is the relatively recent invention.

URLhttps://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2013-02-05/evolution-irregular-war
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