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The direction of war : contemporary strategy in historical perspective

Author: Hew Strachan
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The wars since 9/11, both in Iraq and Afghanistan, have generated frustration and an increasing sense of failure in the West. Much of the blame has been attributed to poor strategy. In both the United States and the United Kingdom, public enquiries and defence think tanks have detected a lack of consistent direction, of effective communication, and of governmental coordination"--
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hew Strachan
ISBN: 9781107047853 1107047854 1107654238 9781107654235
OCLC Number: 852957790
Description: xiv, 322 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: War and strategy at the beginning of the twenty-first century --
The meaning of strategy: historical perspectives --
The case for Clausewitz: reading 'On War' today --
Making strategy work: civil-military relations in Britain and the United States --
Strategy and the limitation of war --
European armies and limited war --
The limitations of strategic culture: the case of the British way in warfare --
Maritime strategy and national policy --
Technology and strategy --
War is war: imperial legacies and current conflicts --
Strategy and the operational level of war --
Strategy and contingency --
Strategy: change and continuity.
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