Modern Warfare: Lessons from Ukraine

Modern Warfare: Lessons from Ukraine

The foremost authority on modern war in the English-speaking world examines Europe’s most important conflict since the Second World War.

Kyiv, Ukraine, 13 June 2023 (Jade Koroliuk/Unsplash)
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More than any other modern war, the fight between Russia and Ukraine has been a tough testing ground for modern weapons and operational concepts.

Drawing on extensive research into the conduct of the war during its first year, Sir Lawrence Freedman assesses the contrasting strategies of the two sides. Ukraine has fought along classical lines, seeking victory through battle. Russia has adopted a more total approach, combining conventional battles with attacks on Ukraine’s socio-economic structure.

Freedman explains why the apparently superior Russian force has been unable to defeat and subjugate Ukraine.

Modern Warfare: Lessons from Ukraine is available for purchase from all good bookstores, and as an e-book.


Book cover: Modern Warfare

About the author

Sir Lawrence Freedman is Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London. Among his books are Strategy: A History (2013) and Command: The Politics of Military Operations from Korea to Ukraine (2022).

Areas of expertise: History and strategy of warfare.