War, which can be broadly defined as armed conflict between groups of persons, has been a perennial feature of the human condition. Yet, despite its ubiquity and importance, the true nature of war is complex. Though the “total wars” of the 19th and 20th centuries have prompted many to think of war solely in terms of pitched battles between massive, technologically sophisticated armies, many scholars of warfare contend that such a style of war making is actually only a relatively ...

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