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04/24/2006

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fra paolo

The "End of Battle" thesis strikes me as a variant on the "End of History" thesis. History hasn't ended, in the way Francis Fukuyama believed. If anything, the collapse of the Soviet Union clarified History, which has resumed its rough march along the course plotted by Marxist navigation.

Likewise, Battle hasn't ended, but perhaps "modern" Battle has. The world is reverting to an older model, where Battle decides the fate of kings, but the main purpose of military force is the chevauchee, demonstrating that the writ of the feudal lord does not run. A Hundred Years' War anyone?

purpleslog

I don't think that battle is going away. It is just conflict or competition between actors is expanding and getting more complex. Battle or kinetic war is just part of conflict or competition that actors employ.

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