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Invisible armies : an epic history of guerrilla warfare from ancient times to the present

Author: Max Boot
Publisher: New York : Liveright Pub. Corp., ©2013.
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A complete global history of guerrilla uprisings through the ages.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Max Boot
ISBN: 9780871404244 0871404249 9780871406880 0871406888
OCLC Number: 783162792
Description: xxix, 750 pages, [14] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Baghdad patrol, April 9, 2007 --
I. Barbarians at the gate : the origins of guerrilla warfare. Ambush at Beth-Horon : Romans vs. Jews, AD 66 --
Classical conflicts : the Peloponnesian War, Alexander the Great in Central Asia, the Maccabees, and the Bar Kokhba Revolt, 426 BC-AD --
Uncivilized warfare : tribal wars of mass destruction --
Akkad and the origins Of insurgency : Mesopotamia, 2334-2005 BC --
Catch me if you can : Persians vs. Scythians, 512 BC --
"Create a desert" : the origins of counterinsurgency in Assyria and Rome, 1100 BC-AD 212 --
Rome's downfall : the Barbarian invasions, AD 370-476 --
An Eastern way of war? Ancient Chinese warfare beyond Sun Tzu --
Nomads and mandarins : Xiongnu vs. Han, 200 BC-AD 48 --
The guerrilla paradox : why the weak beat the strong --
The tartan rebellions : Scotland vs. England, 1296-1746 --
War by the book : the counterinsurgents' advantage --
II. Liberty or death : the rise of the liberal revolutionaries. Irregulars in the age of reason : hussars, pandours, and rangers, 1648-1775 --
The American hornets : the revolution against Britain, 1775-1783 --
War to the knife : the Peninsular War, 1808-1814 --
Black Spartacus : the Haitian War of Independence, 1791-1804 --
Greeks and their lovers : the Greek War of Independence, 1821-1832 --
Hero of two worlds : Giuseppe Garibaldi and the struggle for Italian unification, 1833-1872 --
Revolutionary consequences : the liberal achievement --
III. The spreading oil ssot : the wars of empire. The wars that weren't : why did so few guerrillas resist the European advance? --
The skulking way of war : the "forest wars" in eastern North America, 1622-1842 --
The winning of the West : braves vs. Bluecoats, 1848-1890 --
The winning of the East : the holy war against Russia in Chechnya and Dagestan, 1829-1859 --
Dark defiles : the First Anglo-Afghan War, 1838-1842 --
Northwest Frontier : Britain and the Pashtuns, 1897-1947 --
Mission civilisatrice : Lyautey in Morocco, 1912-1925 --
Commandos : Britain's near-defeat in South Africa, 1899-1902 --
High noon for empire : why imperialism carried the seeds of its own destruction --
IV. The bomb throwers : the first age of international terrorism. Suicide knifers : the Assassins, AD 1090-1256 --
John Brown's body : the terrorist who helped start the Civil War, 1856-1859 --
The destruction of Reconstruction : Ku Kluxers and the war against civil rights, 1866-1876 --
Propaganda by the deed : Anarchists, ca, 1880-ca. 1939 --
Hunting the Tsar : the Nihilists on the trail of Alexander II, 1879-1881 --
'An uncontrollable explosion" : socialist revolutionaries in Russia, 1902-1917 --
Shinners and Peelers : the Irish War of Independence, 1919-1921 --
The terrorist mind : sinners or saints? --
V. The sideshows : guerrillas and commandos in the World Wars. The Thirty Years' War : blood Brothers and Brownshirts, 1914-1945 --
The evolution of an archaeologist : "Lawrence of Arabia," 1916-1935 --
The regular irregulars : the birth of the special Forces in World War II --
Wingate's wars : a "wayward genius" in Palestine, Abyssinia, and Burma, 1936-1944 --
Resistance and collaboration : Yugoslavia, 1941-1945, and the limits of scorched-earth counterinsurgency --
Assessing the "supersoldiers" : did commandos make a difference? --
VI. The end of empire : the wars of "national liberation". The world after the war : the slipping European grip --
The rise of the red emperor : Mao Zedong's long march to power, 1921-1949 --
Adieu at Dien Bien Phu : the Indochina War, 1945-1954 --
"Convince or coerce" : the Algerian War of Independence, 1954-1962 --
A man and a plan : Briggs, Templer, and the Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960 --
"A distinctly British approach"? Why the British succeeded, at least sometimes --
VII. Radical chic : the romance of the leftist revolutionaries. Two sides of the coin : the guerrilla mystique in the 1960's-1970's --
The quiet American : Edward Lansdale and the Huk Rebellion, 1945-1954 --
Creating South Vietnam : Lansdale and Diem, 1954-1956 --
The other war : the limitations of firepower in Vietnam, 1960-1973 --
M-26-7 : Castro's improbable comeback, 1952-1959 --
Foco or loco? Che's quixotic quest, 1965-1967 --
The children of '68, and '48 : the raid on Entebbe and the terrorism of the 1970's --
Arafat's odyssey : what terrorism did and did not achieve for the Palestinians --
Left out, or rebels without a cause : the end of the (Marxist) affair in the 1980's --
VIII. God's killers : the rise of radical Islam. Fifty days that shook the world : Tehran, Mecca, Islamabad, and Kabul, November 4-December 24, 1979 --
Russia's Vietnam : the Red Army vs. the Mujahideen, 1980-1989 --
The A team : the "party of God" in Lebanon, 1982-2006 --
The terrorist Internationale : Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, 1988-2011 --
Carnage In Mesopotamia : Al Qaeda in Iraq since 2003 --
Counterinsurgency rediscovered : David Petraeus and the Surge, 2007-2008 --
Down and out? The failures and successes of the global Islamist insurgency --
Epilogue: Meeting in Marjah, October 23, 2011 --
Implications : twelve articles, or the lessons of five thousand years --
Appendix: The Invisible Armies database.
Responsibility: Max Boot.
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