Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age Book
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Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age


  • Author : Peter Paret
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 1986
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 941
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691027647

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Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age Excerpt :

American military scholars discuss the evolution of modern war strategy, paying special attention to its nonmilitary phases in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age Book
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Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age


  • Author : Peter Paret
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-10-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 952
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400835461

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Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age Excerpt :

The essays in this volume analyze war, its strategic characterisitics and its political and social functions, over the past five centuries. The diversity of its themes and the broad perspectives applied to them make the book a work of general history as much as a history of the theory and practice of war from the Renaissance to the present. Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age takes the first part of its title from an earlier collection of essays, published by Princeton University Press in 1943, which became a classic of historical scholarship. Three essays are repinted from the earlier book; four others have been extensively revised. The rest--twenty-two essays--are new. The subjects addressed range from major theorists and political and military leaders to impersonal forces. Machiavelli, Clausewitz, and Marx and Engels are discussed, as are Napoleon, Churchill, and Mao. Other essays trace the interaction of theory and experience over generations--the evolution of American strategy, for instance, or the emergence of revolutionary war in the modern world. Still others analyze the strategy of particular conflicts--the First and Second World Wars--or the relationship between technology, policy, and war in the nuclear age. Whatever its theme, each essay places the specifics of military thought and action in their political, social, and economic environment. Together the contributors have produced a book that reinterprets and illuminates war, one of the most powerful forces in history and one that cannot be controlled in the future without an understanding of its past.

Makers of Modern Strategy Book

Makers of Modern Strategy


  • Author : Hans Rothfels
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1943
  • Genre: Military art and science
  • Pages : 553
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105035283444

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Understanding War Book

Understanding War


  • Author : Peter Paret
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-07-21
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691216034

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Understanding War Excerpt :

These essays provide an authoritative introduction to Carl von Clausewitz and enlarge the history of war by joining it to the history of ideas and institutions and linking it with intellectual biography.

Makers of Ancient Strategy Book

Makers of Ancient Strategy


  • Author : Victor Davis Hanson
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-09-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691156361

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Makers of Ancient Strategy Excerpt :

In this prequel to the now-classic Makers of Modern Strategy, Victor Davis Hanson, a leading scholar of ancient military history, gathers prominent thinkers to explore key facets of warfare, strategy, and foreign policy in the Greco-Roman world. From the Persian Wars to the final defense of the Roman Empire, Makers of Ancient Strategy demonstrates that the military thinking and policies of the ancient Greeks and Romans remain surprisingly relevant for understanding conflict in the modern world. The book reveals that much of the organized violence witnessed today--such as counterterrorism, urban fighting, insurgencies, preemptive war, and ethnic cleansing--has ample precedent in the classical era. The book examines the preemption and unilateralism used to instill democracy during Epaminondas's great invasion of the Peloponnesus in 369 BC, as well as the counterinsurgency and terrorism that characterized Rome's battles with insurgents such as Spartacus, Mithridates, and the Cilician pirates. The collection looks at the urban warfare that became increasingly common as more battles were fought within city walls, and follows the careful tactical strategies of statesmen as diverse as Pericles, Demosthenes, Alexander, Pyrrhus, Caesar, and Augustus. Makers of Ancient Strategy shows how Greco-Roman history sheds light on wars of every age. In addition to the editor, the contributors are David L. Berkey, Adrian Goldsworthy, Peter J. Heather, Tom Holland, Donald Kagan, John W. I. Lee, Susan Mattern, Barry Strauss, and Ian Worthington.

The Evolution of Strategy Book
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The Evolution of Strategy


  • Author : Beatrice Heuser
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-10-14
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781139492560

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The Evolution of Strategy Excerpt :

Is there a 'Western way of war' which pursues battles of annihilation and single-minded military victory? Is warfare on a path to ever greater destructive force? This magisterial account answers these questions by tracing the history of Western thinking about strategy - the employment of military force as a political instrument - from antiquity to the present day. Assessing sources from Vegetius to contemporary America, and with a particular focus on strategy since the Napoleonic Wars, Beatrice Heuser explores the evolution of strategic thought, the social institutions, norms and patterns of behaviour within which it operates, the policies that guide it and the cultures that influence it. Ranging across technology and warfare, total warfare and small wars as well as land, sea, air and nuclear warfare, she demonstrates that warfare and strategic thinking have fluctuated wildly in their aims, intensity, limitations and excesses over the past two millennia.

Clausewitz in the Twenty First Century Book

Clausewitz in the Twenty First Century


  • Author : Andreas Herberg-Rothe
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 2007-09-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 319
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199232024

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Clausewitz in the Twenty First Century Excerpt :

The volume considers Clausewitz's timeless On War against the background of actual armed conflict. With scholars from a range of disciplines and countries, it throws new light on a classic text and contemporary issues.

Clausewitz and the State Book

Clausewitz and the State


  • Author : Peter Paret
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-06-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 467
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691186566

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Clausewitz and the State Excerpt :

Originally published in 1976, Clausewitz and the State presents a comprehensive analysis of one of the significant thinkers of modern Europe. Peter Paret combines social and military history and psychological interpretation with a study of Clausewitz's military theories and of his unduly neglected historical and political writing. This timely new edition includes a preface which allows Paret to recount the past thirty years of discussion on Clausewitz and respond to critics. A companion volume to Clausewitz's On War, this book is indispensable to anyone interested in Clausewitz and his theories, and their proper historical context.

The Cambridge History of Warfare Book

The Cambridge History of Warfare


  • Author : Geoffrey Parker
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-05-31
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 552
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107181595

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The Cambridge History of Warfare Excerpt :

The new edition of The Cambridge History of Warfare, written and updated by a team of eight distinguished military historians, examines how war was waged by Western powers across a sweeping timeframe beginning with classical Greece and Rome, moving through the Middle Ages and the early modern period, down to the wars of the twenty-first century in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. The book stresses five essential aspects of the Western way of war: a combination of technology, discipline, and an aggressive military tradition with an extraordinary capacity to respond rapidly to challenges and to use capital rather than manpower to win. Although the focus remains on the West, and on the role of violence in its rise, each chapter also examines the military effectiveness of its adversaries and the regions in which the West's military edge has been - and continues to be - challenged.

Constant Battles Book

Constant Battles


  • Author : Steven A. LeBlanc
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2013-07-23
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466850194

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Constant Battles Excerpt :

With armed conflict in the Persian Gulf now upon us, Harvard archaeologist Steven LeBlanc takes a long-term view of the nature and roots of war, presenting a controversial thesis: The notion of the "noble savage" living in peace with one another and in harmony with nature is a fantasy. In Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage, LeBlanc contends that warfare and violent conflict have existed throughout human history, and that humans have never lived in ecological balance with nature. The start of the second major U.S. military action in the Persian Gulf, combined with regular headlines about spiraling environmental destruction, would tempt anyone to conclude that humankind is fast approaching a catastrophic end. But as LeBlanc brilliantly argues, the archaeological record shows that the warfare and ecological destruction we find today fit into patterns of human behavior that have gone on for millions of years. Constant Battles surveys human history in terms of social organization-from hunter gatherers, to tribal agriculturalists, to more complex societies. LeBlanc takes the reader on his own digs around the world -- from New Guinea to the Southwestern U.S. to Turkey -- to show how he has come to discover warfare everywhere at every time. His own fieldwork combined with his archaeological, ethnographic, and historical research, presents a riveting account of how, throughout human history, people always have outgrown the carrying capacity of their environment, which has led to war. Ultimately, though, LeBlanc's point of view is reassuring and optimistic. As he explains the roots of warfare in human history, he also demonstrates that warfare today has far less impact than it did in the past. He also argues that, as awareness of these patterns and the advantages of modern technology increase, so does our ability to avoid war in the future.

The Direction of War Book

The Direction of War


  • Author : Hew Strachan
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-12-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107047853

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The Direction of War Excerpt :

A major contribution to our understanding of contemporary warfare and strategy by one of the world's leading military historians.

Bernard Brodie and the Foundations of American Nuclear Strategy Book

Bernard Brodie and the Foundations of American Nuclear Strategy


  • Author : Barry Howard Steiner
  • Publisher : Modern War Studies (Hardcover)
  • Release Date : 1991
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 367
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015019488876

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Bernard Brodie and the Foundations of American Nuclear Strategy Excerpt :

Steiner analyzes how and why Brodie's understanding of weapons of unparalleled explosive force led him to posit the need for revolutionary strategic thinking in broadminded analytic method and in the focus upon cities as nuclear targets. He shows the tremendous effect Brodie's work had on the intellectual climate in which policy is determined, particularly in his frequent combatting of conventional wisdom.

Military Innovation in the Interwar Period Book
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Military Innovation in the Interwar Period


  • Author : Williamson R. Murray
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 1998-08-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 428
  • ISBN 10 : 0521637600

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Military Innovation in the Interwar Period Excerpt :

In 1914, the armies and navies that faced each other were alike, right down to the strengths of their companies and battalions and the designs of their battleships and cruisers. Differences were of degree rather than essence. During the interwar period, however, the armed forces grew increasingly asymmetrical, developing different approaches to the same problems. This study of major military innovations in the 1920s and 1930s explores differences in exploitation by the seven major military powers. The comparative essays investigate how and why innovation occurred or did not occur, and explain much of the strategic and operative performance of the Axis and Allies in World War II. The essays focus on several instances of how military services developed new technology and weapons and incorporated them into their doctrine, organization and styles of operations.

Masters of War Book

Masters of War


  • Author : Michael I. Handel
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2005-12-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 510
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135776534

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Masters of War Excerpt :

This is the first comprehensive study based on a detailed textual analysis of the classical works on war by Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, Mao Tse-tung, and to a lesser extent, Jomini and Machiavelli. Brushing stereotypes aside, the author takes a fresh look at what these strategic thinkers actually said—not what they are widely believed to have said. He finds that despite their apparent differences in terms of time, place, cultural background, and level of material/technological development, all had much more in common than previously supposed. In fact, the central conclusion of this book is that the logic of waging war and of strategic thinking is as universal and timeless as human nature itself. This third, revised and expanded edition includes five new chapters and some new charts and diagrams.

The Causes of Wars and Other Essays Book

The Causes of Wars and Other Essays


  • Author : Michael Howard
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 1984
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN 10 : 067410417X

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The Causes of Wars and Other Essays Excerpt :

Public consciousness of the threat of nuclear war is rising steadily. Responses to the nuclear dilemma are conflicting and often confusing. Never have we been more in need of information and perspective, for if we wish to avoid war we must understand it. Michael Howard offers an analysis of our present predicament by discussing those issues that cause war and make peace. His book includes an examination of nuclear strategy today, views of the past about the conduct of international relations, ethics, modes of defense, and studies of military thinkers and leaders. The Causes of Wars illuminates the interrelationship between men and ideas, between war and other social forces, and between our present situation and its roots in the past.