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Charles E. Callwell and the British Way in Warfare


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  • Date Published: August 2022
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108703185

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  • Daniel Whittingham presents the first full-length study of one of Britain's most important military thinkers, Major-General Sir Charles E. Callwell (1859–1928). It tells the story of his life, which included service in military intelligence, the South African War, and on the General Staff before and during the First World War. It also presents the first comprehensive analysis of his writing: from his well-known books Small Wars (1896) and Military Operations and Maritime Preponderance (1905), to a host of other books and articles that are presented here for the first time. Through a study of Callwell's life and works, this book offers a new perspective on the nature and study of military history, the character of British strategy, and on the army to which he belonged.

    • The first comprehensive biography of one of Britain's great military thinkers, Charles E. Callwell
    • Provides a new perspective on the 'British way in warfare' and British military thought
    • Considers both Callwell's famous works, such as Small Wars and Military Operations and Maritime Preponderance, and his lesser-known works which have not been cited before
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… an excellent read for anyone interested in how the man shaped British military thought.' A. A. Nofi, The NYMAS Review

    'Whittingham has produced a well-researched, lucid, and valuable account which will be of interest to a wide variety of readers interested in military affairs and strategic thought more broadly.' David Morgan-Owen, War in History Book Reviews

    'Whittingham has produced a book that does full justice to Callwell as a military theorist and, in the process, has made a major contribution to the historiography of the British army.' Ian F. W. Beckett, IJMH review of Whittingham

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108703185
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Charles E. Callwell and British strategy
    2. Callwell's early career
    3. 'An art by itself': Charles E. Callwell and small wars
    4. 'Another page in the history of tactics': Charles E. Callwell and the South African war
    5. Khaki-clad maritime theorist: Charles E. Callwell and amphibious warfare
    6. 'I did my best to throw cold water on the scheme as a whole': Charles E. Callwell and the Dardanelles
    7. Not 'one of that band of dug-outs who became dug-ins': Charles E. Callwell, the war and retirement, 1914–28
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Daniel Whittingham, University of Birmingham
    Daniel Whittingham is Lecturer in the History of Warfare and Conflict at the University of Birmingham. He is a Councillor of the Army Records Society and International Secretary of the British Commission for Military History.

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