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Strategy and History : Essays on Theory and Practice - Colin S. Gray

Strategy and History

Essays on Theory and Practice

Hardcover Published: 6th April 2006
ISBN: 9780415386340
Number Of Pages: 234

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Strategy and History comprises a selection of Professor Gray's key contributions to strategic debate over the past thirty years.

These essays have been selected both because they had significant messages for contemporary controversies, and because they have some continuing relevance for today and the future. Each essay in this book is really about strategy in the modern world, and reflects the many dimensions of this complex subject.

This book covers a wide range of subjects and historical events, but there are key issues covered throughout:


  • being strategic

  • the consequences of actions

  • a respect for Clausewitz's theory of war

  • historical dependency

  • the importance of geography

  • being critical of enthusiasm for technology over human factors

  • the primacy of politics.

This important publication provides an invaluable insight into the development of strategic studies over the past 30 years from one of the world's leading theorists and practitioners of the subject. The book will be of great interest to all students and analysts of strategy and international studies.

Prefacep. xi
Provenance of the essaysp. xiii
Introduction: holding the strategy bridgep. 1
Strategy, strategic studies, and historyp. 15
Across the nuclear divide - strategic studies, past and present [1977]p. 17
New directions for strategic studies? How can theory help practice? [1992]p. 34
History for strategists: British sea power as a relevant past [1994]p. 54
Why strategy is difficult [1999]p. 74
From Principles of Warfare to Principles of War: a Clausewitzian solution [2005]p. 81
Strategic issuesp. 89
Nuclear strategy: the case for a theory of victory [1979]p. 91
The Revolution in Military Affairs [1998]p. 113
Arms control does not control arms [1993]p. 120
Geography, culture, and ethicsp. 135
Geography and grand strategy [1991]p. 137
Strategic culture as context: the first generation of theory strikes back [1999]p. 151
Force, order, and justice: the ethics of realism in statecraft [1993]p. 170
War and the futurep. 183
What is war? A view from strategic studies [2005]p. 185
Notesp. 190
Suggested readingp. 226
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780415386340
ISBN-10: 0415386349
Series: Strategy And History Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 6th April 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1

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