Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2082: Changing Character of Warfare

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Barkawi, T. Globalization and War (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).

Basham, V. War, Identity, and the Liberal State: Everyday Experiences of the Geopolitical in the Armed Forces (London: Routledge, 2013).

Beckett, I. Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies: Guerrillas and their Opponents since 1750 (Routledge, 2001).

Buzan, B, Waever, O & de Wilde, J, Security: A New Framework for Analysis (Lynne Rienner, 1998).

Caforio, G. Handbook of the Sociology of the Military (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2006).

Cordell, K. & Wolff, S. Ethnic conflict: causes, consequences, and responses (Cambridge: Polity, 2009/2010).

Farrell, T. The Norms of War: Cultural Beliefs and Modern Conflict (Lynne Rienner, 2005).

Farrell, T. and Terriff, T. The Sources of Military Change: Culture, Politics, Technology (Lynne Rienner, 2002).

Gray, C.S. Modern strategy (Oxford University Press, 1999).

Kaldor, M. New Wars and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era (Polity, 2006).

Kinsey, C. and Patterson, M.H. Contractors and War: The Transformation of United States' Expeditionary Operations (Stanford University Press, 2012).

Lebow, R.N. Why Nations Fight: Past and Future Motives for War (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Porter, P. Military Orientalism: Eastern War through Western Eyes (Hurst, 2009).

Rabi, U. International intervention in local conflicts: crisis management and conflict resolution since the Cold War (London: Tauris, 2010.)

Rossdale, C. Resisting militarism: direct action and the politics of subversion (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019)

Shaw, M. The New Western Way of War: Risk-Transfer War and its Crisis in Iraq (Polity, 2005).

Smith, R. The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World (Allen Lane, 2005).

Strachan, H. and Schiepers, S. (eds.), The Changing Character of War (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Townshend, C. (ed.), The Oxford History of Modern War (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Von Clausewitz, C. On War. Edited and translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret. (Princeton University Press, 1976).

Whittaker, D. J. (ed.), The Terrorism Reader 3rd edition (London: Routledge 2007).