Encyclopedia of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

A New Era of Modern Warfare

by Spencer C. Tucker, Editor


Insurgencies and counterinsurgencies have played a key role in modern warfare.

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October 2013


Pages 683
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Military History/Military Strategy

A fascinating look at the insurgencies and counterinsurgencies throughout history with a concentration on the 20th and 21st centuries.

This encyclopedia examines insurgencies—and the counterinsurgency efforts they prompt—through history, addressing military actions and the techniques and technologies employed in each conflict, significant insurgency leaders, and the leading theorists, with emphasis on the "small wars" of the 20th century and most recent decades. The clear, concise entries provide a breadth of coverage that ranges from the Maccabean Revolt in 168–143 BCE and the Peasants' Revolt in Germany in the 1500s to the American Revolutionary War and the ongoing insurgency in Syria. Readers will gain a solid understanding of how insurgency warfare and counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy has played a key role in the U.S. conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 21st century, and grasp how this important military strategy has evolved during modern times.


  • An introduction by Dr. Conrad Crane of the Army War College, a widely acknowledged expert on the topic
  • Essays on terms used to describe aspects of insurgency and counterinsurgencies
  • A chronology tracing important insurgencies and counterinsurgency efforts throughout history
  • An extensive bibliography that points students toward additional resources for further study
Author Info

Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, has been senior fellow in military history at ABC-CLIO since 2003. He is author or editor of 46 books and encyclopedias, many of which have won prestigious awards. He held the John Biggs Chair in Military History at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA, for 6 years before retiring from teaching in 2003; before that, he was professor of history at Texas Christian University for 30 years. His recently published works include The Encyclopedia of the War of 1812: A Political, Social, and Military History; American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection; and Almanac of American Military History, all published by ABC-CLIO.



"Few publishers do encyclopedias better than ABC–CLIO and no editor is more prolific than Spencer C. Tucker. . . . All his products are excellent and this is no exception. . . . All the ABC-CLIO encyclopedias are attractive volumes and are worthy acquisitions for libraries that seek such a resource."ARBA

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