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From: Jonathan D. Beard <email@example.com> Subject: Re: better offense does not lead to shorter wars Date: March 30, 2010 5:27:56 PM EDT To: Scott Hendrix <firstname.lastname@example.org> It is generally assumed that military technology that is offensive rather than defensive in nature leads to shorter wars. Yet, a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that this assumption is not correct. Marco Nilsson, the author of the dissertation, says that “While this may be seen in some wars where the attacker is clearly superior, it is not true on average. This means that the improved military technology has not resulted in any advantages for the attacking force, at least not in terms of war duration.” Here is the complete press release, and the URL at the end will lead you to an abstract and PDF of the thesis. http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=71870&CultureCode=en I think Nilsson is to be commended for looking at four conflicts--the Winter War 1939, the Continuation War 1941-1943, the Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988 and the war between India and Pakistan 1965--that have not, especially the last two, been studied to death already. Jonathan Beard email@example.com ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----