Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age


Author: Peter Paret,Gordon A. Craig,Felix Gilbert
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400835461
Category: History
Page: 952
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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

Military Thought from Machiavelli to Hitler
Author: Edward Mead Earle,Gordon Alexander Craig,Felix Gilbert
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Military art and science
Page: 553
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Understanding War

Essays on Clausewitz and the History of Military Power
Author: Peter Paret
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691000909
Category: History
Page: 229
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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. Reflecting Peter Paret's three decades of study of Clausewitz and of the history of war, they examine Clausewitz's theoretical work in the context of his time and in relation to war as a general historical phenomenon.

Clausewitz and the State

The Man, His Theories, and His Times
Author: Peter Paret
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691186561
Category: History
Page: N.A
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War, Clausewitz and the Trinity


Author: Thomas Waldman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317000455
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 216
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Today, the ideas of Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) are employed almost ubiquitously in strategic studies, military history and defence literatures, but often in a manner which distorts their true meaning. In this book, Waldman explores Clausewitz’s central theoretical device for understanding war - the ’remarkable trinity’ of politics, chance and passion. By situating the great Prussian in historical context, he presents a conception truer to Clausewitz’s intention. Seeking to achieve this through an in-depth reinterpretation of On War and Clausewitz’s other writings, conducted through the prism of the trinity, this book draws on existing studies but argues that there is room for clarification. It presents fresh perspectives into aspects of Clausewitz's thought and emphasises elements of his theory that have often been neglected. Furthermore, it provides a solid basis from which debate on the nature of modern war can move forward.

The Direction of War

Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective
Author: Hew Strachan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107047854
Category: History
Page: 338
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A major contribution to our understanding of contemporary warfare and strategy by one of the world's leading military historians.

Masters of war

Sun tzu, Clausewitz, and Jomini
Author: Michael I. Handel
Publisher: Frank Cass & Co
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 176
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Levels of War; Krig; War; Krigskunst; Krigsførelse; Krigsledelse; Krigsføring; Strategisk niveau; Politisk strategi; Militær strategi; Krigsårsager; Sikkerhedspolitik; Forsvarspolitik; Fred;.

The Cambridge History of Warfare


Author: Geoffrey Parker
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521853590
Category: History
Page: 515
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War is a compelling subject. It is common to almost all known societies and periods of history. The Cambridge History of Warfare, first published in 2005, provides a detailed account of war in the West from antiquity to the present day, and is unique because of its controversial thesis that war in western societies has followed a unique path leading to western dominance of the globe. From the Greek victory at Marathon to the Gulf War, readable and authoritative, The Cambridge History of Warfare places in context the key events in the history of armed engagement. All aspects of war on land, sea, and in the air are covered: weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence; mercenaries and standing armies; cavalry and infantry; chivalry and Blitzkrieg; guerilla assault and nuclear arsenals. This volume, first published as The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare, includes maps and an updated bibliography.

The Making of Strategy

Rulers, States, and War
Author: Williamson Murray,Alvin Bernstein
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521566278
Category: History
Page: 680
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Moving beyond the limited focus of the individual strategic theorist or the great military leader, The Making of Strategy concentrates instead on the processes by which rulers and states have formed strategy. Seventeen case studies--from the fifth century B.C. to the present--analyze through a common framework how strategists have sought to implement a coherent course of action against their adversaries. This fascinating book considers the impact of such complexities as the geographic, political, economic and technical forces that have driven the transformation of strategy since the beginning of civilization and seem likely to alter the making of strategy in the future.

Makers of Ancient Strategy

From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome
Author: Victor Davis Hanson
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400834259
Category: History
Page: 256
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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 American Way of War

A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy
Author: Russell Frank Weigley
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253280299
Category: History
Page: 584
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"... a strong and stimulating book. It has no rival in either scope or quality. For libraries, history buffs, and armchair warriors, it is a must. For political science students, career diplomats, and officers in the armed services, its reading should be required." —History "A particularly timely account." —Kansas City Times "It reads easily but is not a popularized history... nor does the book become a history of battles.... Weigley's analyses and interpretations are searching, competent, and useful." —Perspective

The Evolution of Strategy

Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present
Author: Beatrice Heuser
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 113949256X
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
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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 His Time

Essays in the Cultural and Intellectual History of Thinking about War
Author: Peter Paret
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1782385819
Category: History
Page: 150
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Far from being a detached theorist, Carl von Clausewitz was as intensely aware of the cultural and intellectual currents of his time as he was engaged in its political and military conflicts. The society in which he lived and the people with whom he served affected the analytic method he developed in his writing and the conclusions he reached. The essays in this volume examine Clausewitz in comparison with teachers, friends, and opponents, a perspective enriched by significant documents which have been previously ignored. They deepen our knowledge of Clausewitz's life and how he enlarged his understanding of warfare from its mechanisms and the interaction of its elements to its apparently permanent place in the relation between states.

The Art of War


Author: Antoine Henri baron de Jomini
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Military art and science
Page: 410
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Studyguide for Makers of Modern Strategy from MacHiavelli to the Nuclear Age by , Peter Paret, Isbn 9780691027647


Author: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Publisher: Cram101
ISBN: 9781490284774
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Page: 168
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Never HIGHLIGHT a Book Again! Includes all testable terms, concepts, persons, places, and events. Cram101 Just the FACTS101 studyguides gives all of the outlines, highlights, and quizzes for your textbook with optional online comprehensive practice tests. Only Cram101 is Textbook Specific. Accompanies: 9780691027647. This item is printed on demand.

The 33 Strategies Of War


Author: Robert Greene
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847651429
Category: Self-Help
Page: 496
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The third in Robert Greene's bestselling series is now available in a pocket sized concise edition. Following 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction, here is a brilliant distillation of the strategies of war to help you wage triumphant battles everyday. Spanning world civilisations, and synthesising dozens of political, philosophical, and religious texts, The Concise 33 Strategies of War is a guide to the subtle social game of everyday life. Based on profound and timeless lessons, it is abundantly illustrated with examples of the genius and folly of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher and Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, as well as diplomats, captains of industry and Samurai swordsmen.

On Grand Strategy


Author: John Lewis Gaddis
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0525557296
Category: History
Page: 384
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A master class in strategic thinking, distilled from the legendary program the author has co-taught at Yale for decades For almost two decades, Yale students have competed for admission each year to the "Studies in Grand Strategy" seminar taught by John Lewis Gaddis, Paul Kennedy, and Charles Hill. Its purpose has been to prepare future leaders for responsibilities they will face, through lessons drawn from history and the classics. Now Gaddis has distilled that teaching into a succinct, sharp and potentially transformational book, surveying statecraft from the ancient Greeks to Franklin D. Roosevelt and beyond. An unforgettable guide to the art of leadership, On Grand Strategy is, in every way, its own master class.

The Art of Command

Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell
Author: Harry S. Laver,Jeffrey J. Matthews
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813174171
Category: History
Page: 364
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What essential leadership lessons do we learn by distilling the actions and ideas of great military commanders such as George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Colin Powell? The Art of Command demonstrates that great leaders become great through a commitment not only to develop vital skills but also to surmount personal shortcomings. In the second edition of this classic resource, Harry S. Laver, Jeffrey J. Matthews, and the other contributing authors identify eleven core characteristics of highly effective leaders, such as integrity, determination, vision, and charisma, and eleven significant figures in American military history who embody those qualities. Featuring new chapters on transitional leadership, innovative leadership, and authentic leadership, this insightful book offers valuable perspectives on the art of military command in American history.

The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050


Author: MacGregor Knox,Williamson Murray
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521800792
Category: History
Page: 203
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Studies the changes that have marked war in the Western World since the thirteenth century.

Masters of War

Classical Strategic Thought
Author: Michael I. Handel
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135776539
Category: History
Page: 510
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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.