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Author Kam, Ephraim, 1941-

Title Surprise attack : the victim's perspective / Ephraim Kam.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.

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Edition 1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed. / with a new preface.
Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 266 pages)
Physical Medium polychrome
Description text file
Note "Written under the auspices of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel-Aviv University"--Half title.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-257) and index.
Summary Ephraim Kam observes surprise attack through the eyes of its victim in order to understand the causes of the victim's failure to anticipate the coming of war. Emphasing the psychological aspect of warfare, Kam traces the behavior of the victim at various functional levels and from several points of view in order to examine the difficulties and mistakes that permit a nation to be taken by surprise. He argues that anticipation and prediction of a coming war are more complicated than any other issue of strategic estimation, involving such interdependent factors as analytical contradictions, judgemental biases, organizational obstacles, and political as well as military constraints.
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Subject Surprise (Military science)
Surprise (Military science)
Military art and science.
Military art and science.
International relations.
International relations.
Preemptive attack (Military science)
Preemptive attack (Military science)
Military history, Modern -- 20th century.
Military history, Modern.
Chronological Term 20th century
1900 - 1999
Indexed Term Military operations Strategy
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Merkaz le-meḥḳarim asṭraṭegiyim ʻal shem Yafeh.
Other Form: Print version: Kam, Ephraim, 1941- Surprise attack. 1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004 0674013549 9780674013544 (OCoLC)54883100
ISBN 9780674039292 (electronic book)
0674039297 (electronic book)
0674013549 (paperback)