Decolonization and Conflict

  • Filename: decolonization-and-conflict.
  • ISBN: 9781474250399
  • Release Date: 2017-06-15
  • Number of pages: 296
  • Author: Martin Thomas
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Insurgency-based irregular warfare typifies armed conflict in the post-Cold War age. For some years now, western and other governments have struggled to contend with ideologically driven guerrilla movements, religiously inspired militias, and systematic targeting of civilian populations. Numerous conflicts of this type are rooted in experiences of empire breakdown. Yet few multi-empire studies of decolonisation's violence exist. Decolonization and Conflict brings together expertise on a variety of different cases to offer new perspectives on the colonial conflicts that engulfed Europe's empires after 1945. The contributors analyse multiple forms of colonial counter-insurgency from the military engagement of anti-colonial movements to the forced removal of civilian populations and the application of new doctrines of psychological warfare. Contributors to the collection also show how insurgencies, their propaganda and methods of action were inherently transnational and inter-connected. The resulting study is a vital contribution to our understanding of contested decolonization. It emphasises the global connections at work and reveals the contemporary resonances of both anti-colonial insurgencies and the means devised to counter them. It is essential reading for students and scholars of empire, decolonization, and asymmetric warfare.

The Kaoboys of R AW

  • Filename: the-kaoboys-of-r-aw.
  • ISBN: 097961743X
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 294
  • Author: B. Raman
  • Publisher: Lancer Publishers

This book deals largely with those aspects of the working of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), of which the author had personal knowledge while serving in the organization for 26 years. The book traverses through India's contemporary history--most importantly the 1971 war; insurgency in the Northeast, Punjab, and Kashmir; the Emergency; the war in Afghanistan; and the intelligence imperatives and dispensation under Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Rajiv Gandhi, V.P. Singh, Chandra Shekhar, and Narasimha Rao. Written with the purpose that a knowledge of the role played by R&AW in those events would possibly enable a better understanding of its strengths and weaknesses, it painstakingly avoids over-statements, exaggerations and spins.

India s Naval Strategy and Asian Security

  • Filename: india-s-naval-strategy-and-asian-security.
  • ISBN: 9781317361336
  • Release Date: 2015-11-19
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Anit Mukherjee
  • Publisher: Routledge

This book examines India’s naval strategy within the context of Asian regional security. Amidst the intensifying geopolitical contestation in the waters of Asia, this book investigates the growing strategic salience of the Indian Navy. Delhi’s expanding economic and military strength has generated a widespread debate on India’s prospects for shaping the balance of power in Asia. This volume provides much needed texture to the abstract debate on India’s rise by focusing on the changing nature of India’s maritime orientation, the recent evolution of its naval strategy, and its emerging defence diplomacy. In tracing the drift of the Navy from the margins of Delhi’s national security consciousness to a central position, analysing the tension between its maritime possibilities and the continentalist mind set, and in examining the gap between the growing external demands for its security contributions and internal ambivalence, this volume offers rare insights into India’s strategic direction at a critical moment in the nation’s evolution. By examining the internal and external dimensions of the Indian naval future, both of which are in dynamic flux, the essays here help a deeper understanding of India’s changing international possibilities and its impact on Asian and global security. This book will be of much interest to students of naval strategy, Asian politics, security studies and IR, in general.

Assignment Jaffna

  • Filename: assignment-jaffna.
  • ISBN: 8172120117
  • Release Date: 1992
  • Number of pages: 165
  • Author: S. C. Sardeshpande
  • Publisher: Lancer Publishers

Contents: Arrival-People-The Militants-Progerss Of Operations-Comparison In Nagaland And Mizoram-Extension Of Operations-Some Tactical Actions-Our Performance-Epilogue

Himalayan Blunder

  • Filename: himalayan-blunder.
  • ISBN: 8181581458
  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Number of pages: 506
  • Author: J. P. Dalvi
  • Publisher:

The Indian military setback against the Chinese attack in 1962 was high time for an honest soul-searching. Quite a few books written by Army officers have tried to tell their version of the untold story. Brig. Dalvi's account of the Sino-Indian War is by far the most remarkable and authentic. He was present in the theatre of war throughout, commanded a brigade and was held captive by the Chinese for seven months. In discussing the day-to-day events from 8 September to 20 October 1962 the author graphically tells the truth which only an actual participant could experience and know. The background of the war is drawn from his first-hand information as a high-ranking commander.

The People and the Books 18 Classics of Jewish Literature

  • Filename: the-people-and-the-books-18-classics-of-jewish-literature.
  • ISBN: 9780393608311
  • Release Date: 2016-10-04
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Adam Kirsch
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

An essential exploration of a rich literary tradition from the Bible to modern times, by a “rare literary authority” (New York Times Book Review) and “one of our keenest critics” (Washington Post). Jews have long embraced their identity as “the people of the book.” But outside of the Bible, much of the Jewish literary tradition remains little known to nonspecialist readers. The People and the Books shows how central questions and themes of our history and culture are reflected in the Jewish literary canon: the nature of God, the right way to understand the Bible, the relationship of the Jews to their Promised Land, and the challenges of living as a minority in Diaspora. Adam Kirsch explores eighteen classic texts, including the biblical books of Deuteronomy and Esther, the philosophy of Maimonides, the autobiography of the medieval businesswoman Glückel of Hameln, and the Zionist manifestoes of Theodor Herzl. From the Jews of Roman Egypt to the mystical devotees of Hasidism in Eastern Europe, The People and the Books brings the treasures of Jewish literature to life and offers new ways to think about their enduring power and influence.

Fighting to the End

  • Filename: fighting-to-the-end.
  • ISBN: 9780199892709
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 347
  • Author: C. Christine Fair
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Pakistan's army has dominated the state for most of its 66 years. It has locked the country in an enduring rivalry with India to revise the maps in Kashmir and to resist India's slow but inevitable rise. To prosecute these dangerous policies, the army employs non-state actors under the security of its ever-expanding nuclear umbrella. The Pakistan army started three wars with India over Kashmir in 1947, 1965, and 1999 and failed to win any of them. It has sustained a proxy war in Kashmir since 1989 using Islamist militants, some of whom have now turned their guns against the Pakistani state. The Pakistan army has supported non-Islamist insurgencies throughout India as well as a country-wide Islamist terror campaign that have brought the two countries to the brink of war on several occasions. Despite Pakistan's efforts to coerce India, it has only achieved modest successes. Even though India vivisected Pakistan in 1971, Pakistan continues to see itself as India's equal and demands the world do the same. The tools that the army prefers to use, non-state actors under a nuclear umbrella, has brought international opprobrium upon the country and the army. In recent years, erstwhile proxies have turned their gun on the Pakistani state itself and its peoples. Why does the army persist in pursuing these revisionist policies that have come to imperil the very viability of the state itself, from which the army feeds? This volume argues that the answer lies, at least partially, in the strategic culture of the army. From the army's distorted view of history, the army is victorious as long as can resist India's purported hegemony and the territorial status quo. To acquiesce is defeat. Because the army is unlikely to abandon these preferences, the world must prepare for an ever more dangerous future Pakistan.


  • Filename: endgame.
  • ISBN: 0895260662
  • Release Date: 2004-03-19
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Thomas McInerney
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing

The military advisors to Fox News discuss the role of high tech weapons in the War on Terror, debunking misconceptions about the potency of these weapons while outlining the strategy that must be followed in order to achieve victory.

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