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Alexander the Great : Lessons in Strategy - David J. Lonsdale

Alexander the Great

Lessons in Strategy

Hardcover Published: 6th December 2007
ISBN: 9780415358477
Number Of Pages: 192

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This book offers a strategic analysis of one of the most outstanding military careers in history, identifying the most pertinent strategic lessons from the campaigns of Alexander the Great.

David Lonsdale argues that since the core principles of strategy are eternal, the study and analysis of historical examples have value to the modern theorist and practitioner. Furthermore, as strategy is so complex and challenging, the remarkable career of Alexander provides the ideal opportunity to understand best practice in strategy, as he achieved outstanding and continuous success across the spectrum of warfare, in a variety of circumstances and environments. This book presents the thirteen most pertinent lessons that can be learned from his campaigns, dividing them into three categories: grand strategy, military operations, and use of force. Each of these categories provides lessons pertinent to the modern strategic environment. Ultimately, however, the book argues that the dominant factor in his success was Alexander himself, and that it was his own characteristics as a strategist that allowed him to overcome the complexities of strategy and achieve his expansive goals.

List of figuresp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The art of strategyp. 5
Ancient Greek warfarep. 22
Lessons in strategy 1: grand strategyp. 45
Lessons in strategy 2: military operationsp. 79
Lessons in strategy 3: use of forcep. 111
Lessons in strategy: conclusionsp. 145
Notesp. 159
Referencesp. 180
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9780415358477
ISBN-10: 0415358477
Series: Strategy and History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 6th December 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 16.82  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1