Great Powers, Small Wars: Asymmetric Conflict since 1945
In a sophisticated combination of quantitative research and two in-depth case studies, Larisa Deriglazova surveys armed conflicts post–World War II in which one power is much stronger than the other. She then focuses on the experiences of British decolonization after World War II and the United States in the 2003 Iraq war. Great Powers, Small Wars employs several large databases to identify basic characteristics and variables of wars between enemies of disproportionate power. Case studies examine the economics, domestic politics, and international factors that ultimately shaped military events more than military capacity and strategy.
Larisa Deriglazova is professor of history in the Department of World Politics at Tomsk State University. She was a scholar in the Wilson Center’s Kennan-Fulbright Scholarship program in 2009.