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Grand Strategy and Military Alliances


Peter R. Mansoor, Williamson Murray, Dennis Showalter, Richard Hart Sinnreich, Paul Harris, Mark A. Stoler, Ingo Trauschweizer, Victor Davis Hanson, David L. Berkey, Clifford J. Rogers, Mark Grimsley, Marcus Jones, Richard Swain
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316501726

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  • Alliances have shaped grand strategy and warfare since the dawn of civilization. Indeed, it is doubtful that the United States of America would have gained its independence without its Revolutionary War alliance with France. Such alliances may prove even more important to international security in the twenty-first century. Economic and financial difficulties alone will ensure that policy makers attempt to spread the burden of securing vital interests onto other nations through alliances, both formal organizations such as NATO and informal alliances of convenience as developed to wage the Gulf War in 1991. A team of leading historians examine the problems inherent in alliance politics and relationships in the framework of grand strategy through the lens of history. Aimed at not just the military aspects of alliances, the book uncovers the myriad factors that have made such coalitions succeed or fail in the past.

    • Examines military alliances through the broad sweep of history
    • Analyzes what makes alliances succeed or fail in practice
    • Presents case studies covering more than 2,500 years of history
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    'The need for alliances and coalitions in war are a fact of life not only for second and third tier powers, but even for the USA. They are not a new feature of history, but, as this group of leading experts in their fields richly demonstrates, they have a long pedigree. This excellent historical comparative study shows up the important elements of continuity - the structurally conditioned benefits and challenges - that help us address the issue in the present and the future more wisely. Any diplomat, journalist, military leader or student of international relations would do well to take its conclusions on board.' Beatrice Heuser, University of Reading

    'The temptation to devalue alliances is always present, and perhaps it has renewed vigor in the US these days. This book is a timely and well-written reminder that alliances require patience and skills, and, above all, are indispensable to maritime powers like the United States.' Jakub Grygiel, The Johns Hopkins University

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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316501726
    • length: 411 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 12 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: grand strategy and alliances Peter R. Mansoor and Williamson Murray
    Part I. Maritime Powers and the Continental Commitment:
    2. Grand strategy, alliances, and the Anglo-American way of war Williamson Murray
    3. The Anglo-Prussian alliance and the Seven Years War Dennis Showalter
    4. Preserved by friend and foe alike: the sixth coalition against revolutionary France Richard Hart Sinnreich
    5. The Franco-British military alliance during World War I Paul Harris
    6. The grand alliance in World War II Mark A. Stoler
    7. Adapt and survive: NATO in the Cold War Ingo Trauschweizer
    Part II. The Political and Military Challenges of Coalition Warfare:
    8. The Peloponnesian War and Sparta's strategic alliances Victor Davis Hanson and David L. Berkey
    9. The Anglo-Burgundian alliance and grand strategy in the Hundred Years War Clifford J. Rogers
    10. The Franco-American alliance during the War for Independence Mark Grimsley
    11. The alliance that wasn't: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I Marcus Jones
    12. The Axis Williamson Murray
    13. The Gulf War, 1990–91: a coalition of convenience in a changing world Richard Swain
    14. Conclusion: alliances and coalitions in the twenty-first century Peter R. Mansoor

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    Peter R. Mansoor, Ohio State University
    Peter R. Mansoor is a 26-year veteran of the US Army whose service culminated as executive officer to General David Petraeus, commanding general of Multi-National Force-Iraq. He is the author of The GI Offensive in Europe: The Triumph of American Infantry Divisions, 1941–1945 (1999), awarded the Society for Military History and Army Historical Society distinguished book awards. He also authored Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq (2008), awarded the Ohioana Library Association distinguished book award, and Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War (2013), a finalist for the inaugural Guggenheim–Lehrman Prize in Military History.

    Williamson Murray, Ohio State University
    Williamson Murray is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Ohio State University and the Ambassador Anthony D. Marshall Chair of Strategic Studies at Marine Corps University, as well as a defense consultant and commentator on historical and military subjects in Washington, DC. His most recent books are Successful Strategies (edited with Richard Hart Sinnreich) and The Iran-Iraq War (written with Kevin Woods), both published by Cambridge in 2014, and War, Strategy, and Military Effectiveness and Military Adaptation in War, both published by Cambridge in 2011. He is co-editor of numerous books of military and international history, including Hybrid Warfare (with Peter Mansoor, Cambridge, 2012), The Shaping of Grand Strategy (with Richard Hart Sinnreich and James Lacey, Cambridge, 2011), The Making of Peace (with James Lacey, Cambridge, 2008), The Past as Prologue (with Richard Hart Sinnreich, Cambridge, 2006), The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300–2050 (with MacGregor Knox, Cambridge, 2001), Military Innovation in the Interwar Period (with Allan R. Millett, Cambridge, 1996), and The Making of Strategy (with Alvin Bernstein and MacGregor Knox, Cambridge, 1994).


    Peter R. Mansoor, Williamson Murray, Dennis Showalter, Richard Hart Sinnreich, Paul Harris, Mark A. Stoler, Ingo Trauschweizer, Victor Davis Hanson, David L. Berkey, Clifford J. Rogers, Mark Grimsley, Marcus Jones, Richard Swain

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