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The pursuit of victory : from Napoleon to Saddam Hussein

Author: Brian Bond
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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"In Western Europe and North America the idea that war can deliberately be used as an 'instrument of policy' has become unfashionable, not least because of the carnage of two World Wars and the Americans' humiliating experience in Vietnam. But wars are still fought. Those who start wars clearly believe they are worthwhile. Why? In this original and provocative study, Brian Bond discusses the successes and failures  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bond, Brian.
Pursuit of victory.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)605034321
Named Person: Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Napoleon, Emperor of the French
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Bond
ISBN: 0198204973 9780198204978
OCLC Number: 32347494
Description: vi, 240 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Frederick the Great and the era of limited war --
Napoleon and the decisive battle --
The Napoeonic legacy : the influence of Jomini and Clausewitz --
Moltke and the Wars of German Unification --
The quest for victory in the Schlieffen era, 1890-1914 --
The pursuit of victory in the First World War and the aftermath --
The pursuit of victory in the Second World War --
The pursuit of victory in the nuclear age.
Responsibility: Brian Bond.
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This provocative study examines the successes and failures of military campaigns involved in the pursuit of victory over the last two centuries, and attempts to discover why wars are still being  Read more...

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