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The evolution of strategy : thinking war from antiquity to the present

Author: Beatrice Heuser
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 new 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Beatrice Heuser
ISBN: 9780521199681 0521199689 9780521155243 052115524X
OCLC Number: 639166426
Description: xiii, 578 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: What is strategy? --
Warfare and mindsets from antiquity to the Middle Ages --
Warfare and mindsets in early modern Europe --
Themes in early thinking about strategy --
The age and mindset of the Napoleonic paradigm --
The Napoleonic paradigm transformed: from total mobilisation to total war --
Challenges to the Napoleonic paradigm versus the culmination of total war --
Long-term trends and early maritime strategy --
The age of steam to the First World War --
The World Wars and their lessons for maritime strategists --
Maritime strategy in the nuclear age --
War in the third dimension --
Four schools of air power --
Nuclear strategy --
From partisan war to people's war --
Counterinsurgency --
Wars without victories, victories without peace --
No end of history: the dialectic continues --
Epilogue: strategy-making versus bureaucratic politics.
Responsibility: Beatrice Heuser.
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