The shock and awe doctrine is a military strategy based on the use of overwhelming force, dominant maneuvers, and staggering displays of power to control an adversary's perception of the battlefield and quickly destroy its will to fight. Though the doctrine recognizes the need to minimize civilian casualties, it relies on the disruption of water supplies, food production, and other aspects of infrastructure. What historic military campaigns can be said to have operated under similar principles?
Back in the day
The Texas Revolution was a war fought between Mexico and the Tejas, or Texas, portion of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. Much of the Mexican population, including the American settlers in Texas, revolted after President Santa Anna abolished the Constitution of 1824, which had established Mexico as a federal republic, and proclaimed a new anti-federalist constitution in its place. What famous battle during the Texas Revolution resulted in the deaths of James Bowie and Davy Crockett?
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Gandhi is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century for his success in securing India's independence from British rule through non-violent civil disobedience. After India won its independence, Gandhi focused on promoting Hindu-Muslim peace and unity, but he was assassinated in 1948 by a Hindu fanatic. His methods have inspired notable civil rights leaders throughout the world, including Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela. Why is Gandhi often called Mahatma?