The Impact of Asymmetric Warfare on the Military Profession and Structure: Lessons Learned from the Ottoman Military: lessons learned from the Ottoman military

A. Kadir Varoǧlu, Mesut Uyar

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the impact of asymmetric warfare on the military profession within the context of the Ottoman period. These effects are categorized with strategic, structural, and behavioral dimensions. The Ottoman military had been a part of many unconventional/asymmetric conflicts during the Ottoman era. These experiences are showing clearly that classical officer training system is not providing necessary knowledge to command units under this type of atmosphere. The historical event analysis is used for the methodological purpose. First finding is that asymmetry of method, technology; morale, norms, and organization were observable during the Ottoman collapse period. Second, the reactions to the asymmetric threats were conventional at first sight. Third, the solutions were found by the officers individually not through systemic attempts and they were the results of lessons learned from personal faults. In this chapter, the Ottoman period and military was considered with the viewpoints of recent definitions of asymmetric warfare.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArmed Forces and Conflict Resolution
Subtitle of host publicationSociological Perspectives
EditorsGiuseppe Caforio, Gerhard Kummel, Bandana Purkayastha
PublisherThe ISIS Press İstanbul
Pages49-60
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781848551220
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameContributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development
Volume7
ISSN (Print)1572-8323

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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Varoǧlu, A. K., & Uyar, M. (2019). The Impact of Asymmetric Warfare on the Military Profession and Structure: Lessons Learned from the Ottoman Military: lessons learned from the Ottoman military. In G. Caforio, G. Kummel, & B. Purkayastha (Eds.), Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution: Sociological Perspectives (pp. 49-60). (Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development; Vol. 7). The ISIS Press İstanbul. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1572-8323(08)07004-5