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How democracies lose small wars

state, society, and the failures of France in Algeria, Israel in Lebanon, and the United States in Vietnam

by Gil Merom

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Published by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, UK, New York .
Written in English

    Places:
  • France,
  • United States.,
  • Israel.,
  • France.
    • Subjects:
    • Low intensity conflicts (Military science) -- France,
    • Low intensity conflicts (Military science) -- United States.,
    • Low intensity conflicts (Military science) -- Israel.,
    • Military doctrine -- France.,
    • Military doctrine -- United States.,
    • Military doctrine -- Israel.,
    • Counterinsurgency.

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-276) and index.

      StatementGil Merom.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsU241 .M47 2003
      The Physical Object
      Paginationxiii, 295 p. ;
      Number of Pages295
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL3566097M
      ISBN 100521804035, 0521008778
      LC Control Number2002041490

      Small wars, waged by a population on its own territory, can be sustained for a long time. States, on the other hand, waging a counterinsurgency campaign are more restrained. Without tactical results, they lose strategic power. Thus, for offensive and defensive forces in small wars. In one table they show that wars involving democracies are not significantly shorter or longer than those fought by non-democracies. But I know of no theory arguing that wars involving democracies should be shorter. Small and Singer do, however, have a table of battle deaths for democratic and non-democratic participants ().

      “For Dave Dilegge and Bill Nagle, founders and editors of Small Wars Journal. They gave the counterguerrilla underground a home, at a time when misguided leaders banned even the word ‘insurgency,’ though busily losing to one. Scholars, warriors, and agitators, Dave and Bill laid the foundation for battlefield success: our generation owes.   Why Large Nations Lose Small Wars. Terrorism has never been about absolute body counts. It has always been about creating shock and awe to accentuate the helplessness of the state.

      Book Reviews. Capsule Reviews More Small Wars Although the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are far from the costliest the United States has ever fought in terms of either blood or treasure, they have exacted a much greater toll than the relatively bloodless wars Americans had gotten used to fighting in the s. As of this writing, 2, That just for all the large or small wars since , not one has involved democracies against each other; that in a world where contiguous nations often use violence to settle their differences or at least have armed borders between, democracies like the United States and Canada should have long, completely unarmed borders; and that in Europe.


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An alternate explanation for why democracies lose such wars is that military political elites, having papered together a thin pretext for intervention, are unable to maintain such rationales against the steady wave of casualties, the hatred for the intervener for their efforts, and the lack of any defined endpoint, but you won't hear that in Merom's by: In this book, Gil Merom argues that modern democracies fail in insurgency wars because they are unable to find a winning balance between expedient and moral tolerance to the costs of war.

Small wars, he argues, are lost at home when a critical minority mass shifts the center of gravity from the battlefield to the market place of by:   Gil Merom argues that modern democracies fail in insurgency wars because they are unable to find a winning balance between expedient and moral tolerance for the costs of war.

Small wars are lost at home when a critical minority shifts the balancing element from the battlefield to the marketplace of ideas/5. Gil Merom argues that modern democracies fail in insurgency wars because they are unable to find a winning balance between expedient and moral tolerance for the costs of war.

Small wars are lost at home when a critical minority shifts the balancing element from the battlefield to the marketplace of : $ How Democracies Lose Small Wars: State, Society, and the Failures of France in Algeria, Israel in Lebanon, and the United States in Vietnam Gil Merom Small wars are lost at home when a critical minority shifts the balancing element from the battlefield to the marketplace of ideas.

The reason that states in democratic polities lose small wars is that the How democracies lose small wars book resistance of the other side is sufficient to require either a commitment of resources larger than society is willing to sustain or the use of methods, such as torture and attacks on civilian targets, that society is unwilling to accept.

In fact, several scholars have recently argued that democratic states are especially prone to losing small wars because weak adversaries can exploit the casualty sensitivity or humanitarian sensibilities of democratic publics (Byman and Waxman ; Merom ).

Author: Ivan Arreguín-Toft. According to both books, small wars are distinguished not by their size but by their asymmetry; they pit guerrilla insurgents against a democracy's regular forces. Most of Merom's account consists of case studies of two failed campaigns: French efforts to hold on to Algeria in the s and s and the Israeli incursion into Lebanon in Author: Lawrence D.

Freedman. In this book, Merom argues that modern democracies fail in insurgency wars because they are unable to find a winning balance. Small wars are lost at home when a critical minority mass shifts the center of gravity from the battlefield to the market place of ideas.5/5(2).

How democracies lose small wars: state, society, and the failures of France in Algeria, Israel in Lebanon, and the United States in Vietnam, Gil Merom.

(pbk.), Toronto Public Library. How Democracies Lose Small Wars: State, Society, and the Failures of France in Algeria, Israel in Lebanon, and the United States in Vietnam (Book) Autores: Richard N. Cooper Localización: Foreign Affairs, ISSNVol.

83, Nº. 2,pág. Fighting Small Wars: Insurgents and Oppressors Much of what is known about military aspects of armed struggle against foreign domination comes from the study of guerrilla warfare. Communities and nations choose to fight a guerrilla war against oppressors because it proves to be “frugal” and because it makes their own forces less vulnerable.

Book Review How Democracies Lose Small Wars. By Gil Merom. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, c xiii+ pp. ISBN – Why.

In this book, Gil Merom argues that modern democracies fail in insurgency wars because they are unable to find a winning balance between expedient and moral tolerance to the costs of war. Small wars, he argues, are lost at home when a critical minority mass shifts the center of gravity from the battlefield to the market place of ideas.

Merom analyzes the role of brutality in. Democracies and Small Wars (Besa Studies in International Security) 1st Edition by Efraim Inbar (Editor) ISBN ISBN Why is ISBN important. ISBN. This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book.

Format: Paperback. By Richard Norton and Gil Merom, Published on 04/05/ Recommended Citation. Norton, Richard and Merom, Gil () "How Democracies Lose Small Wars: State, Society, and the Failures of France in Algeria, Israel in Lebanon, and the United States in Vietnam," Naval War College Review: Vol.

58 Cited by: Small wars go by many names: new wars, asymmetric wars, insurgencies, low intensity conflict, complex emergencies, and so on. Although statistically most wars are “small,” they have been.

relatively neglected compared to major conflicts, particularly when democracies are participants. Important contributions from both sides of the debate over the relationship between democracy and military victory. In recent years, a new wave of scholarship has argued that democracies have unique advantages that enable them to compete vigorously in international politics.

Challenging long-held beliefs—some of which go back to Thucydides' account of the clash between democratic Athens and. Why Big Nations Lose Small Wars: The Politics of Asymmetric Conflict Article (PDF Available) in World Politics 27(02) January with 6, Reads How we measure 'reads'.

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I don’t think “Losing Small Wars” provides all the answers to why the British (and this is a book about the British) failed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But it asks questions that may help minimise the prospect of another failed campaign in the Middle East/5(89)."In How Democracies Lose Small Wars, Gil Merom argues that modern democracies fail in wars of insurgency because they are unable to find a winning balance between expedient and moral tolerance of .How Democracies Lose Small Wars: State, Society, and the Failures of France in Algeria, Israel in Lebanon, and the United States in Vietnam by Gil Merom starting at $ How Democracies Lose Small Wars: State, Society, and the Failures of France in Algeria, Israel in Lebanon, and the United States in Vietnam has 2 available editions to buy at Half Price Books Marketplace.