have posed the question "What is war?" with very few
ever reaching a conclusion. If a conclusion is made,
it is naturally
met with criticism.Virtually
every aspect of the term "war" has had its meaning disputed.
A few of the main discrepencies include;
whether war has to be formally declared in order to be recognized,
whether actual fighting has to occur, or whether war has to take
place between formally declared States or nations in order to
be universally recognized as war.
There have been numerous events in history where the validity
of the event has been questioned because of a lack of formal
declaration. For instance,
War, and in the
Korean War. The Korean War was actually referred to not as a war but
as a "United
Nations 'Peace Action'" even though more than two million people
were killed as a direct result of the conflict, and no resolution was
ever made between the United States and North Korea.
An example illustrating whether a war has to include
actual physical violence (a battle),
is the "War
of Bavarian Succession", nicknamed the "Kartoffelnkrieg" or "Potato
War". A declaration for war was made and fully armed militants from
wither side met
face to face,
resulted before a peaceful resolution was found.
The question on whether war must be between two (or more) formally
declared nations or States has been the subject of disagreement. Some
have brought up the question on whether National Governmental Organizations
have the right to wage war. While NGOs are not identified by the international
community as States, in the sense that they do not occupy a territory,
they do display many other characteristics of a State.
point is that war has an ever evolving face. New variables are
constantly tied in, and old ones are constantly disagreed upon, as
one man wrote, "...most
people might agree that war can be described in much the same way
as a jurists
observation about pornography: 'I
may not be able to define it, but I know it when I see it.'"
War is a term that can be ever so slightly redefined for the particular
circumstance, but that everyone will still be able
to apply and connect the same understanding and meaning to.
BRIEF OVERVIEW ON THE WAGING OF WAR
(Some major forces changing the way war was waged)
War has gone through quite an evolution
since ancient times. The waging of war has been dramatically transformed
time and time again due
to the development of war waging tactics. On the international
one of the first developments which changed the face of war
waging forvever was the
The formation of States
brought about increased organization within military forces. Before
the formation of States, whatever disputes did occur had little
power and were very inefficient due to the lack of organization.
The Romans were a prime example of a powerful army due in the most
part to an increased organization of the militia. The increased
organization was made possible because with the formation of a
State came major developments in
along with animal domestication, which allowed people to contribute
time and effort towards military training and service instead
of the chariot, led by either horses or oxen, was a major advancement
in the efficiency
was a comparable equivalent to the modern day tank. The design of
chariot was continually improved upon, along with the breeding
of larger more powerful
horses better suited for pulling a chariot on the battlefield. The
chariot was not only advantageous on the battlefield due to size, but
it also allowed for one or more people to partake on the actual fighting
while somone else took care of the job of steering.
introduction of mounted calvary transformed
the battlefield yet again. The first evidence of mounted warfare
the year 750 B.C.
and continued to be an essential component until times as recent
as W.W.II. The mounted soldier became much more efficient on the
the development of the stirrup, adding control and stability to the
invention of the stirrup was often compared with the invention of
the wheel with the respect to its importance and contribution to the
of society, for the amount of power and mobility it added to an army