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Doctrines of Limited War

Clark Ian

in Waging War

Published in print April 1988 | ISBN: 9780198273257
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273257.003.0004
Doctrines of Limited War

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This chapter discusses the doctrine of limited war. It describes how wars can be limited in a number of distinct ways. Wars can be limited in terms of the objectives that are sought, the geographic scope of the conflict, the weapons employed, and the targets against which hostilities are directed. The chapter also analyses various forms and motivations employed in the development of theories of limited war. It furthermore compares just and limited war and examines the area of overlap between the two.

Keywords: limited war; wars; geographic scope; weapons; hostilities; motivations; just war

Chapter.  9205 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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