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Great Powers, Small Wars is a well-researched, quantitative book that attempts to identify basic characteristics and variables between great powers and adversaries of lesser power to determine why the stronger power is defeated in war.”—Ken Miller, Military Review

“It should be on the shelf of every scholar of military or political science, because it provides not only a useful analytical tool, but also a solid theoretical foundation to its use.”—Peter A. Kiss, War in History

“It places the effort to understand the phenomenon of asymmetrical conflict on a sounder foundation and should be accessible to the larger community of experts interested in the issue.”—R. Craig Nation, US Army War College

“There are good traditional histories and there are major quantitatively oriented data bases that feed theory construction, but no study has effectively combined the two. In this respect, the author has written a pioneering work.”—Bruce W. Menning, Command and General Staff College

Chapter List

Preface: Asymmetric Conflicts—An Equation with Many Unknowns

Acknowledgments

1. Origin and Development of the Asymmetric Conflict Concept

2. Identifying the Asymmetry Factor in Armed Conflicts

3. The Dissolution of the British Empire and Asymmetric Conflicts in Dependencies

4. The US War in Iraq, 2003–2011

Conclusion: Analyzing Asymmetric Conflicts Using the Model

Appendix: List of Armed Conflicts from the COSIMO Database Used in the Study

Notes

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