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The Aftermath of Defeat: Societies, Armed Forces, and the Challenge of Recovery
The Aftermath of Defeat: Societies, Armed Forces, and the Challenge of Recovery
Edited by George J. Andreopoulos and Harold E. Selesky
Yale University Press, 1994, 195 pp
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This slender volume explores a fascinating theme, focusing primarily on European case studies (although the Chinese after 1979 receive a chapter, as do both Israelis and Arabs after 1967 and 1973 in an essay by Amos Perlmutter). The essays do not always address similar issues, nor are the cases always comparable -- for example, the common ground between the Royal Navy's recovery after the early phase of the American Revolutionary War, and de Gaulle and the recovery of the French army after Indochina and Algeria, is difficult to see. Nonetheless the editors have picked the right authors to do the work, and some of the essays (Brian Sullivan's on the Italian army after Caporetto, for example) are brilliant. One only wishes that the editors would have extracted more common discourse from the impressive array of talent that they assembled.