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Strategy : a history

Author: Lawrence Freedman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives.
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Genre/Form: History
Geschiedenis (vorm)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Freedman
ISBN: 9780199325153 0199325154
OCLC Number: 840803630
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2012 W. J. M. Mackenzie Prize awarded by the Political Studies Association.
Description: xvi, 751 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: Origins --
Origins 1: Evolution --
Origins 2: The Bible --
Origins 3: The Greeks --
Sun Tzu and Machiavelli --
Satan's strategy --
Part II: Strategies of force --
The new science of strategy --
Clausewitz --
The false science --
Annihilation or exhaustion --
Brain and brawn --
The indirect approach --
Nuclear games --
The rationality of irrationality --
Guerrilla warfare --
Observation and orientation --
The revolution in military affairs --
The myth of the master strategist --
Part III: Strategy from below --
Marx and a strategy for the working class --
Herzen and Bakunin --
Revisionists and vanguards --
Bureaucrats, democrats, and elites --
Formulas, myths, and propaganda --
The power of nonviolence --
Existential strategy --
Black power and white anger --
Frames, paradigms, discourses, and narratives --
Race, religion, and elections --
Part IV: Strategy from above --
The rise of the management class --
The business of business --
Management strategy --
Business as war --
The rise of economics --
Red queens and blue oceans --
The sociological challenge --
Deliberate or emergent --
Part V: Theories of strategy --
The limits of rational choice --
Beyond rational choice --
Stories and scripts.
Responsibility: Lawrence Freedman.

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Immensely learned and wide-ranging, beautifully written and full of insight ... a fine book. * Michael Williams, University of Hertfordshire * So erudite, so wide-ranging, and so knowledgeable ... Read more...

 
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