IFS Info no. 1/2004
Is There a Western Way of Warfare?
What is the importance of cultural background to warfare? Christopher Coker analyses the assertion that there is a typical western way of warfare, and that this way of thinking makes the west superior. Coker asks whether strategy rather is a matter of necessity than of cultural background, as amongst others Victor Davis Hanson and John Keegans proclaim.
Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. He is the author of several books including Humane Warfare (2001) and Waging War without Warriors (2002). He is also the author of the Adelphi Paper (IISS) «Globalisation and Insecurity in the C2lst» and the recent Whitehall Paper «Empires in Conflict». His forthcoming book to be published by Blackwells is The Future of War.