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The violent American century : war and terror since World War II
Éditeur Haymarket Books
Année copyright 2017
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The violent American century : war and terror since World War II
1 vol. (xiv-167 pages) ; 20 cm
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Preface ; Measuring vioIence ; Legacies of World War II ; Cold War nuclear terror ; Cold War wars ; Proxy war and surrogate terror ; New and old world orders : the 1990s ; September 11 and "a new kind of war" ; Arcs of instability ; The American century at seventy-five
"'The Violent American Century' addresses the US-led transformation in war military strategy and war making that followed 1945. World War II marked the apogee of industrialized 'total war.' Great powers savaged one another. Hostilities engulfed the globe. Mobilization extended to virtually every sector of every nation. Air war, including the terror bombing of civilians, emerged as a central strategy of the victorious Anglo-American powers. The devastation was catastrophic almost everywhere, with the notable exception of the United States, which exited the strife unscathed and unmatched in power and influence. The death toll of fighting forces plus civilians worldwide was staggering. 'The Violent American Century' addresses the US.-led transformations in war conduct and strategizing that followed 1945--beginning with brutal localized hostilities, proxy wars, and the nuclear terror of the Cold War, and ending with the asymmetrical conflicts of the present day. The military playbook now meshes brute force with a focus on non-state terrorism, counterinsurgency, clandestine operations, a vast web of overseas American military bases, and--most touted of all--a revolutionary new era of computerized 'precision' warfare. By contrast to World War II, postwar death and destruction has been comparatively small. (ed.)
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