chapter  12
The mythology of fourth-generation warfare: a response to Hammes
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One of the most elemental pieces in political science education is learning to categorize. The subject of study fits into paradigms, waves, civilizations, generations, or something that gives certain distinctness to them. There are times when such categorization is essential for comparisons (across party or religious identities, for example), but when the categories weaken from the “mutually exclusive and exhaustive” criteria, they often are as likely to cloud the question under study as to elucidate it.