Outline of war

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to war:

War – organised and often prolonged armed conflict that is carried out by states and/or non-state actors – is characterised by extreme violence, social disruption, and economic destruction.[1][2] War should be understood as an actual, intentional and widespread armed conflict between political communities, and therefore is defined as a form of political violence or intervention.[1][3]

An absence of war is usually called peace.

Types of war

Types of warfare

Warfare by objective

Warfare by strategic doctrine

Warfare by terrain

Warfare by equipment or weapon type

Warfare by era

Warfare by stages


History of war

Locations of ongoing conflicts worldwide, Update: June 2016
  Major wars, 10,000+ deaths in current or past year
  Wars, 1,000–9,999 deaths in current or past year
  Minor conflicts, 100–999 deaths in current or past year
  Skirmishes and clashes, fewer than 100 deaths.
Main article: History of war

Warfare by era

See: Warfare by era, above


Wars by death toll

Wars by date

Wars by region

See also: Category:Lists of wars by region

Wars by type of conflict

See also: Category:Warfare by type


Weapons of war

Further information: Lists of weapons

Military theory

Military organization

Main article: Military organization

Operational level of war

Military operations
Main article: Military operation
Types of military operations

Types of military operations, by scope:

Military strategy

Main article: Military strategy

Grand strategy

Main article: Grand strategy

Military tactics

Main article: Military tactics

Politics of war

Philosophy of war

Philosophy of war – examines war beyond the typical questions of weaponry and strategy, inquiring into such things as the meaning and etiology of war, the relationship between war and human nature, and the ethics of war.

Laws of war

Prisoners of war

Effects of war

Effects of war

War and culture

War organizations

War museums

War publications

War films

Persons influential in war

In ancient times

During the Middle Ages

During the Mongol Invasions

During the Hundred Years' War

At the Siege of Malta

During the American Revolution

During the Napoleonic Wars

During the Taiping Rebellion

During World War I

During World War II

See also



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  1. 1 2 "American Heritage Dictionary: War". Thefreedictionary.com. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
  2. "Merriam Webster's Dictionary: War". Merriam-Webster. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
  3. "Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy".
  4. 1 2 3 4 Lind, William S.; Nightingale, Keith; Schmitt, John F.; Sutton, Joseph W.; Wilson, Gary I. (1989). The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation.
  5. Sharp, Gene, "Beyond just war and pacifism: nonviolent struggle toward justice, freedom and peace" Ecumenical Review, April, 1996.
  6. Staff of the Catholic Peace Fellowship (2007). "The Life and Witness of Ben Salmon". Sign of Peace. 6.1 (Spring 2007).
  7. "'Just War Theory'" vs. American Self-Defence, by Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein
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