A number of nations, conspicuously Israel and the United States, have been increasingly attracted to the use of strategic barriers to promote national defense. This book examines the historical use of strategic defences such as walls or fortifications to evaluate their effectiveness and consider their implications for modern security.
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Brent L. Sterling is an adjunct lecturer at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He has spent the past twenty years as a defense analyst, including positions at the Central Intelligence Agency and consulting firms that support the Department of Defense.
1. Introduction 2. Athens' Long Walls: Lifelines to the Sea 3. Hadrian's Wall: Rome's Foremost Frontier Fortification 4. The Ming Great Wall of China: A Dynasty's Unending Pursuit of Security 5. The Pre Carre: Fortifying France's Northeastern Frontier 6. The Maginot Line: France's Great Folly or Reasoned Response to the German Threat 7. The Bar-Lev Line: Citadels in the Sand 8. Conclusion: Lessons Learned about the Use and Abuse of Strategic Defense Selected BibliographyAbout the AuthorIndex
Sterling's analysis is consistently thorough and thought provoking. He devotes ample time to each case study, providing a balanced review of the political, economic, diplomatic, military, cultural, and other factors that influenced the decision to build strategic defenses. Journal of Homeland Security Takes a rather different and refreshing look... Finely crafted and thoroughly enjoyable... Barrier builders and their critics should all take heed. Political Science Quarterly A thoughtful and analytical approach to an often overlooked element of security... Given the uniqueness of the subject and the author's approach, I highly recommend this book for any course on general military history or defense studies and commend it to those focused on border security issues. Military Review The reader is immediately grabbed by the author's uncanny ability to place what is a historical examination of physical barriers squarely in current political debates, both empirical and theoretical... Chapter after chapter, one is transported through fascinating details, from strategic threats (real or imagined) to the leaders' perceptions and motivations (from the simplest to the most complex) to the decision-making processes (bureaucratic, military, and financial) behind the construction of physical barriers. Perspectives on Politics
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