Van Creveld is an Israeli military historian and theorist, and is considered an expert on military history and strategy.
His website contains a collection of articles going back to 2014, including some by guest writers.
Van Creveld was born in the Netherlands in the city of Rotterdam to a Jewish family. His parents, Leon and Margaret, were staunch Zionists who had managed to evade the Nazis during World War II. One of Creveld’s uncles and several cousins were killed in the Holocaust.
Van Creveld notes that many of the wars fought after 1945 were low-intensity conflicts (LICs) which powerful states ended up losing. The book argues that we are seeing a decline of the nation-state, without a comparable decline in organized violence. Moreover, in his view, armies consistently train and equip to fight a conventional war, rather than the LICs they are likely to face. Consequently, it is imperative that nation states change the training of their armed forces and rethink their weapon procurement programs.
The book’s significance is attested to by the fact that until the middle of 2008, it was included on the list of required reading for United States Army officers