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The Making of Strategy : Rulers, States, and War - Williamson Murray

The Making of Strategy

Rulers, States, and War

By: Williamson Murray (Editor), Alvin Bernstein (Editor), MacGregor Knox (Editor)

Paperback Published: 4th January 2000
ISBN: 9780521566278
Number Of Pages: 704

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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.

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"This book traces the processes that resulted in military strategies in 17 cases, ranging from ancient Greece and Rome to American nuclear strategy...Each essay is self-contained, and academics searching for brief but expert analyses of strategic case studies for teaching purposes will welcome this book." Foreign Affairs "...the essays, including those on Israel and the United States in the nuclear age, are presented with remarkable verve and freshness." Brian Bond, Times Literary Supplement "The essays by some of the finest strategic analysts in the world, both historians and historically minded political scientists, are of a uniformly high quality. The Making of Strategy is an exceptional work. Anyone who wishes to understand the essence of strategy-making as a process, and the factors that influence strategy-making will profit by reading these essays." Mackubin T. Owens, Strategic Review "One of the advantages of the book is its essays on lesser-known periods for some powers...Military historians and political scientists can benefit from this work, as can students from the upper-division undergraduate level onward." R. Higham, Choice "The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War offers an important collection of essays which examines the process of strategic decision-making from the Peloponnesian Wars to the nuclear age." The International History Review

Introduction: on strategy
Athenian strategy in the Peloponnesian War
The strategy of a warrior state: Rome and the wars against Carthage, 264-201 BC
Chinese strategy from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries
The making of strategy in Habsburg Spain: Philip II's 'bid for mastery', 1556-1598
The origins of a global strategy: England to 1713 William S. Maltby
A quest for glory: the formation of strategy under Louis XIV, 1661-1715
To the edge of greatness: the United States, 1783-1865
Strategic uncertainties of a nation state: Prussia-Germany, 1871-1918
The weary titan: strategy and policy in Great Britain, 1890-1918
The strategy of the decisive weight: Italy, 1882-1992
The road to ideological war: Germany, 1918-1945
The collapse of empire: British strategy, 1919-1945
The strategy of innocence? The United States, 1920-1945
The illusion of security: France, 1919-1940
Strategy for class war: the Soviet Union, 1917-1941
The evolution of Israeli strategy: the psychology of insecurity and the quest for absolute security
Strategy in the Nuclear Age: the United States, 1945-1991
Conclusion: continuity and revolution in the making of strategy
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ISBN: 9780521566278
ISBN-10: 0521566274
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 4th January 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.14  x 3.25
Weight (kg): 0.92

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