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The Making of Strategy

The Making of Strategy
Rulers, States, and War

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Williamson Murray, Mark Grimsley, Donald Kagan, Alvin H. Bernstein, Arthur Waldron, Geoffrey Parker, William S. Maltby, John A. Lynn, Peter Maslowski, Holger H. Herwig, John Gooch, Brian R. Sullivan, Wilhelm Deist, Williamson Murray, Eliot A. Cohen, Robert A. Doughty, Earl F. Ziemke, Michael I. Handel, Colin S. Gray, MacGregor Knox
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  • Date Published: July 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521566278

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  • Most writing about strategy has focused on individual strategic theorists or great military leaders. This book focuses instead on the messy processes by which rulers and states have framed strategy in the past - a subject of vital practical importance to strategists, and of great interest to students of strategy and statecraft. It consists of 17 case studies that range from fifth-century Athens and Ming China to Hitler's Germany, Israel, and the post-1945 United States. The studies analyse, within a common interpretive framework, precisely how rulers and states have made strategy. The introduction emphasises the constants in the rapidly shifting world of the strategist; the concluding essay tries to understand the forces that have driven the transformation of strategy since 400 BC and seem likely to continue to transform it in the future.

    • A wide-ranging study of strategy-making from Classical Greece to the present day
    • Offers an important analysis of the use of military power in the pursuit of national interests
    • Will be of interest to political and military historians
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    • Date Published: July 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521566278
    • length: 704 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 149 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.925kg
    • contains: 24 maps 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: on strategy Williamson Murray and Mark Grimsley
    1. Athenian strategy in the Peloponnesian War Donald Kagan
    2. The strategy of a warrior state: Rome and the wars against Carthage, 264–201 BC Alvin H. Bernstein
    3. Chinese strategy from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries Arthur Waldron
    4. The making of strategy in Habsburg Spain: Philip II's 'bid for mastery', 1556–1598 Geoffrey Parker
    5. The origins of a global strategy: England to 1713 William S. Maltby
    6. A quest for glory: the formation of strategy under Louis XIV, 1661–1715 John A. Lynn
    7. To the edge of greatness: the United States, 1783–1865 Peter Maslowski
    8. Strategic uncertainties of a nation state: Prussia-Germany, 1871–1918 Holger H. Herwig
    9. The weary titan: strategy and policy in Great Britain, 1890–1918 John Gooch
    10. The strategy of the decisive weight: Italy, 1882–1992 Brian R. Sullivan
    11. The road to ideological war: Germany, 1918–1945 Wilhelm Deist
    12. The collapse of empire: British strategy, 1919–1945 Williamson Murray
    13. The strategy of innocence? The United States, 1920–1945 Eliot A. Cohen
    14. The illusion of security: France, 1919–1940 Robert A. Doughty
    15. Strategy for class war: the Soviet Union, 1917–1941 Earl F. Ziemke
    16. The evolution of Israeli strategy: the psychology of insecurity and the quest for absolute security Michael I. Handel
    17. Strategy in the Nuclear Age: the United States, 1945–1991 Colin S. Gray
    Conclusion: continuity and revolution in the making of strategy MacGregor Knox.

  • Editors

    Williamson Murray, Ohio State University

    Alvin Bernstein, University of Rochester, New York

    MacGregor Knox, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Contributors

    Williamson Murray, Mark Grimsley, Donald Kagan, Alvin H. Bernstein, Arthur Waldron, Geoffrey Parker, William S. Maltby, John A. Lynn, Peter Maslowski, Holger H. Herwig, John Gooch, Brian R. Sullivan, Wilhelm Deist, Williamson Murray, Eliot A. Cohen, Robert A. Doughty, Earl F. Ziemke, Michael I. Handel, Colin S. Gray, MacGregor Knox

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