Land Warfare

Antoine Lecerf

in The Oxford Handbook of War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199562930
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Land Warfare

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Land warfare is a permanent feature of human experience and probably embodies the ultimate form of state activity. For nearly two thousand years, organized societies have defined themselves based on values derived from their territorial awareness, making the terrestrial environment the focus of confrontations. The strategic significance of land warfare has constituted a key factor in the history of conflicts for two reasons. The first is that the use of land forces is an unequivocal action demonstrating the determination of a society or state to achieve a decisive political objective. The second is that land forces are the only ones capable of capturing, occupying, and holding a position, in an essentially complex environment, by maintaining a presence on the ground for as long as necessary.

Keywords: land warfare; conflict; land forces; political objective; state activity; terrestrial environment

Article.  6478 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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