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Author: Ian F. Beckett
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Title: Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies: Guerrillas and their Opponents since 1750 (Warfare and History)
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Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 24, 2001)
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Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies: Guerrillas and their Opponents since 1750 (Warfare and History) by Ian F. Beckett



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Ian Beckett's Modern Insurgencies and is part of the "Warfare and History" series published by Routledge Press. I have read two other books from this series: Rhoads Murphey's Ottoman Warfare and John Thornton's Warfare in Atlantic Africa. Without expounding on the details of their insurgencies, he briefly mentions Abd el-Kader’s (1832-1847) guerrilla war against France, and Shamil’s (1834-1859) resistance to the Russians, which were both insurgencies that emerged independently of the Ottoman empire’s conventional army. In the case of Abd el-Kader, tribes were united along religious lines – a partisan approach that is no different from the modern insurgencies of Ansar al-Sharia, Al-Dawla al-Islamiyya, and al-Shabab to name a few.

Ian F. W. Beckett is Professor of Modern History at the University of Luton and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His many publications include The Amateur Military Tradition (1991) and Encyclopedia of Guerilla Warfare(1999). The chapters are well organized and flow well through history from approximately the 1750's to roughly 2000.

Modern Insurgencies and explores how unconventional warfare tactics have opposed past and present governments all over the world, from eighteenth-century guerrilla warfare to the urban terrorism of today. Insurgency remains one of the most prevalent forms of conflict and presents a crucial challenge to the international community, governments and the military  . Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present By Smith, Jordan The Christian Science Monitor, January 28, 2013.

Modern Chinese Warfare, 1795–1989. Modern Insurgencies and : Guerrillas and their Opponents since 1750. Mughal Warfare: Imperial Frontiers and Highroads to Empire 1500–1700 Jos Gommans. Naval Warfare, 1815–1914 Lawrence Sondhaus. Ottoman Warfare, 1500–1700 Rhoads Murphey. The Peloponnesian War: A Military Study. Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan Karl F. Friday. Seapower and Naval Warfare, 1650–1830. The Soviet Military Experience Roger R. Reese.

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Insurgency and terrorism, Ian Beckett informs us, have since 1945 become "the most prevalent forms of conflict," so that it is all the more surprising that both they and the methods used to counter them have attracted so little attention from historians. As a contribution to the remedying of this deficiency he has contributed a quite masterly survey introduction to the excellent Warfare and History series published by Routledge. This is compounded by the fact that he does not emphasise the importance of politics enough and the extent of their bearing on the origins, conduct and outcome of insurgencies and. The Irish War of Independence is a good example. Beckett argues that the reason for the success of the IRA campaign was "the lack of political direction on the British side. This treats politics like an ingredient when it can be better regarded as the recipe. This new series of single-authored books on war, warfare and society marks a major new publishing initiative in military history for undergraduate students. Covering the whole span of history, the series seeks to encourage works on the impact of war and the preparations for war on social, economic and political developments. The books will eschew the 'battles and generals' approach, and seek to place militarism in context. Learn mor. ubject Categories. Military & Naval History. World/International History. BISAC Subject Codes/Headings: HIS000000

Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies explores how unconventional warfare tactics have opposed past and present governments all over the world, from eighteenth-century guerrilla warfare to the urban terrorism of today. Insurgency remains one of the most prevalent forms of conflict and presents a crucial challenge to the international community, governments and the military.In addition to examining the tactics of guerrilla leaders such as Lawrence, Mao, Guevara and Marighela, Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies also analyses the counter-insurgency theories of Gallieni, Callwell, Thompson and Kitson. It explores such conflicts as:* the American War of Independence* Napoleon's campaign in Spain* the wars of decolonisation* the superpowers in Vietnam and Afghanistan* conflicts in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Colombia.
Reviews: 4
LeXXXuS
The author writes an very interesting book, sometimes it races along and at other times it becomes tedious. The author also offers many quotes and what appears to be tons of background, supportive and historical evidence to support his claims; Yet the author gives absolutely no footnotes or endnotes that one might validate or verify his sources. I was able to correctly identify many of his sources, but an over reliance on one's memory is not a useful academic tool. If one is seeking a credible research source, I can not honestly recommend this book, strictly on the basis that an indiviudal can not substantiate primary and or secondary sources as the author has used them.

The author does offer a substantial recommended reading list at the end of each chapter, but does not provide the standard alphabetically listed bibliography. Its tedious to search the reading list because of the way he has structured it.
The chapters are well organized and flow well through history from approximately the 1750's to roughly 2000. Although the book would benefit the novice as a "starter" in terms of the amount of historical information that the author provides; the scholar or researcher will not be able to validate or verify the veracity of the Authors quotes, examples or dates.
All in All I would rate this book 3 stars for its readability. I would rate it 4 stars for its contribution to the debate on modern insurgency/counter-insurgency and I will rate it at zero stars for its usefulness to research, simply because it has no endnotes or footnotes. In comparison with other books I would suggest that Robert B Asprey's updated Volume I, War in the Shadow's, long considered the academic baseline on the guerrilla in history is far superior.
Dugor
To be able to predict the future of gerilla warfare you bust know the past. Becket present the major insuregery headlines in details
TheSuspect
Mr. Beckett's coverage of the development of insurgency movements from the time of Napolean to recent years is a daunting goal. He covered a great deal of material and seemed to cover a lot of material in not nearly enough detail for the sake of mentioning every guerrilla movement imaginable while covering only a few in detail. In fairness, I believe his intent was to track major shifts in insurgency philosophies or counter-insurgency doctrines. But one could hardly help getting the feeling of being dragged on a guided tour where the tour guide would let you linger only at the sights he wants you to see while mentioning the others only in passing quickly by. It is a noble task but could have been shorter by avoiding the side stories or longer by providing more details on the ones mentioned. It seems too much for 250 pages to hold. Still, overall, it was a good read and gives plenty of direction for those wishing to discover some hidden corner of insurgency others might have left unnoticed. Read Mr. Beckett's Modern Insurgencies to get your bearings then head out in one of the many directions he points for a specialty that suits your interests.
Lightseeker
Beckett's volume is a veritable goldmine of counterinsurgency arcana. Unfortunately, its flaws are apparent, and other reviewers have pointed to them already: Lack of footnotes and a seriously fragmentary narrative hamper the overall usefulness of this treatment. So, f you want to know your Lansdale from your Abrams, go elsewhere. If it's of interest to know that the SAS' torture practices were honed in Aden, and then imported to Northern Ireland, then this is a book you'll want to have on your shelf. Treat it like a pocket encyclopedia -- skip the table of contents and dig in via the index.