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Carnage and Connectivity: Landmarks in the Decline of Conventional Military Power

David Betz


This book examines the disorienting impact on war of the burgeoning connectivity of ideas, people, and things. It argues that the Western perception of warfare has shifted from one of occasional and distant occurrences of well-defined conflicts to a stream of more connected and ill-defined wars and disasters. War in itself has not changed but warfare — “how we fight” — continues to transform. The book focuses on the technological motor of this transformation, of which the putative information age is the latest, aggressive, but not unique phase. The obsessive pursuit by an array of actors in th ... More

Keywords: War, Strategy, Power, Conflict, Security

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190264857
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264857.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Betz, author
King's College London