This wide-ranging collection covers many topics of interest in the related fields of military history and strategic studies. The contributors are all distinguished scholars, whose depth of research and variety of approach combine to produce a rewarding book and a substantive contribution to knowledge. Their common theme is the exploration of the relationships between strategic planning, the conduct of war, and high politics. The volume is dedicated to Sir Michael Howard, formerly Regius Professor of History in the University of Oxford. The broad scope of the work reflects the nature of Sir Michael's scholarship over a long and distinguished career. This book is intended for scholars and students of modern British and world history; especially military historians, political historians, and specialists in strategic studies.
He has been the founding father of the serious study of both approaches to the study of war in the United Kingdom, and his influence has, through the quality of his prose and through the good sense and balance of his judgements, extended far beyond the universities. * Hew Strachan, University of Glasgow, The Historical Association 1997 * 'There is much here for the peace-lover, internationalist, and international historian to ponder.'
Sally Marks, The International History Review, XV,2: May 1993 'a neatly done job ... which is not unworthy of Michael Howard - a high enough compliment for any work on these subjects'
Times Literary Supplement `This book has much to offer, because the diversity of the essays ensures that any specialist will be a general reader of most of them. The book's considerable attraction lies in its breadth of coverage, which is intentionally eclectic. The title of this volume is ambitious but it lives up to its promise ... The whole is considerably more than the sum of its parts, and represents a fitting tribute to Sir Michael Howard, who has contributed so much to both of the
disciplines featured in this book.' Tim Benbow, Arts, Reviews, Ideas 'the editors have assembled a sequence of essays which coherently reflects the interests of the scholar to whom they are dedicated ... It is good to know that military historians still pursue their traditional goal of seeking out the skeletons in the cupboard.'
London Review of Books `Its substance ... is anything but shallow, and the majority of the contributors have written readable and persuasive essays which break new ground in their chosen subject areas.'
Brian Holden Reid, King's College, London, EHR April 1993