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Rethinking Categorical Distinction in Warfare

Title: Rethinking Categorical Distinction in Warfare.

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Name(s): Hall, Jonathan P., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2017-05-01
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis will prove that no conflict is purely “conventional.” In the same fashion, unconventional methods often referred to by practitioners and academics alike will be shown to be non-mutually exclusive in nature regarding the tactics used. The objective is to counter extant arguments that conflicts may be labelled as traditional or non-traditional. Rather, armed conflict is currently, has always been, and will always be carried out between blurred lines of categorical distinction. Three arguments are proposed at the beginning of the project. The first argument is that “unconventional warfare,” as it is generally referred to, has more often than not been the norm throughout the history of conflict. The second argument is that “conventional warfare,” in contrast to unconventional warfare, does not actually exist in isolation. The third, and final, argument is that proposed typologies of unconventional warfare are not mutually exclusive in categorical distinction. A qualitative approach was utilized. To prove the argument, agreed upon “doctrines” pertaining to each typology of war were examined in order to compare and contrast each archetype. In addition, instances of the tactics used were extrapolated from several wars as case studies to provide real-world examples of how tactics from each respective “type” of war often overlap, proving their non-exclusivity.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493690123 (IID)
Keywords: International relations, War studies, Security
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Hall, J. P. (2017). Rethinking Categorical Distinction in Warfare. Retrieved from