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作者 Grygiel, Jakub J., 1972- author
書名 Return of the barbarians : confronting non-state actors from Ancient Rome to the present / Jakub J. Grygiel
出版項 Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018
©2018
國際標準書號 9781107158573 (hardback)
9781316611241 (paperback)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 近史所郭廷以圖書館  303.609 G894    在架上    30550100644044
 傅斯年圖書館西文圖書區  JC328.6 G894 2018    處理中    30530001314665
 人文社會聯圖  JC328.6 .G82 2018    在架上    30600020121209
說明 ix, 222 pages ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
附註 Includes bibliographical references and index
The nature of the premodern strategic environment -- Barbarians and the character of the competition -- The return of premodern history? -- Altering the state: Decentralization -- Three saints and the barbarian threat -- Settlements, local forces, fortifications, and altering the environment -- Conclusion: Sidewalks and two fronts
"Barbarians are back. These small, highly mobile, and stateless groups are no longer confined to the pages of history; they are a contemporary reality in groups such as the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIL. Return of the Barbarians re-examines the threat of violent non-state actors throughout history, revealing key lessons that are applicable today. From the Roman Empire and its barbarian challenge on the Danube and Rhine, Russia and the steppes to the nineteenth-century Comanches, Jakub J. Grygiel shows how these groups have presented peculiar, long-term problems that could rarely be solved with a finite war or clearly demarcated diplomacy. To succeed and survive, states were often forced to alter their own internal structure, giving greater power and responsibility to the communities most directly affected by the barbarian menace. Understanding the barbarian challenge, and strategies employed to confront it, offers new insights into the contemporary security threats facing the Western world"-- Provided by publisher
"Barbarians are back. Small groups, even individuals, administering little or no territory, with minimal resources but with a long reach, are unfortunately on the front pages of newspapers because of their destructive fury. They harass and attack states from the streets of London, Paris and Barcelona to wider areas in the Middle East and elsewhere. They are not merely tragic and bloody nuisances but strategic actors that compete with existing states, forcing them to alter their behavior, their military postures, and even their domestic lifestyles. The various Islamist groups and individuals who over the past decade have presented in different ways a persistent threat to the United States and the West, as well as to states in other regions of the world, come immediately to mind. It would be certainly wrong to ignore the religious connotations of these groups, arising from the Islamic world, but it is equally dangerous to think that the conditions that are making these murderous groups possible are rooted exclusively in Islam. Barbarians are back because there are deep trends that bestow lethality, and thus a strategic role, to groups that do not need the vast administrative apparatus, the territory, and the skilled and rule-abiding citizenry of modern states"-- Introduction
主題 Political violence -- History
Violence -- History
Non-state actors (International relations) -- History
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