The aim of Exile Armies is to explore the common problems associated with military forces operating outside their homelands. Indeed, the purpose of the book is to identify those features of exile armies that will inform our current understanding of their nature and limitations in both military and political terms. The utility of this is shown by the fact that exile armies are not simply a historical phenomenon but a feature that has a continuing resonance today in many post-Cold War regional conflicts. As a subject of academic study, exile armies have not been subject to scrutiny as subjects in their own right or given comparative treatment. Although exile governments of various political persuasions have been examined by historians and social scientists, and governments in exile from the perspective of specialists in international law, their associated armies have not been given comparable examination.1 The literature on governments in exile, however, does provide a useful starting point to develop a definition and typology for exile armies.
KeywordsMilitary Force Comparable Examination Historical Phenomenon Political Sociology Irregular Warfare
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