The Evolution of Strategy: Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present

The Evolution of Strategy Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present Is there a Western way of war which pursues battles of annihilation and single minded military victory Is warfare on a path to ever greater destructive force This magisterial new account answers these

  • Title: The Evolution of Strategy: Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present
  • Author: Beatrice Heuser
  • ISBN: 9780521199681
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Is there a Western way of war which pursues battles of annihilation and single minded military victory Is warfare on a path to ever greater destructive force This magisterial new account answers these questions by tracing the history of Western thinking about strategy the employment of military force as a political instrument from antiquity to the present day AssessingIs there a Western way of war which pursues battles of annihilation and single minded military victory Is warfare on a path to ever greater destructive force This magisterial new account answers these questions by tracing the history of Western thinking about strategy the employment of military force as a political instrument from antiquity to the present day Assessing sources from Vegetius to contemporary America, and with a particular focus on strategy since the Napoleonic Wars, Beatrice Heuser explores the evolution of strategic thought, the social institutions, norms and patterns of behaviour within which it operates, the policies that guide it and the cultures that influence it Ranging across technology and warfare, total warfare and small wars as well as land, sea, air and nuclear warfare, she demonstrates that warfare and strategic thinking have fluctuated wildly in their aims, intensity, limitations and excesses over the past two millennia.

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    1. I found this book very interesting. For a self taught strategist this book help me wrap my mind around the different definitions an dmenaings of the word strategy. too many zone in on one or the other and lose sight of context in the different meaning as they pertain tot he time they were crafted. This book help me remove a lot of confusion i have had on the topic as it discussed the different eras as strategy has evolved. i highly recommend the book.

    2. A comprehensive overview of the evolution of military-political strategies, especially since the Napoleonic age and with special chapters on sea, air, and nuclear strategy. Heuser's wide and deep scholarship shines most brilliantly when she traces lines between seemingly unconnected strands of strategic thought - like the return of the pre-Napoleonic/Clausewitzian war in our times or the tradition of air strategy in the naval thought of the 19th and early 20th century.

    3. I thought it was an excellent book on the evolution of strategy but it doesn't go into the strategy itself. I say that with the realisation that a single book covering all strategy would be impossible.

    4. I am a lay-person with a long standing interest in strategy and tactics. But in reading this book, I realized that there is much more to this topic than I had realized. While I recognized much of the 20th century terminology, the much broader explanations and debates were eye opening to me. I admit to forcing myself to plow through some segments and much of the detail and names are already lost to me. Nevertheless it gave me a much greater perspective. My husband attended the Naval War College i [...]

    5. An outstanding history. Should have bought the hardback to add to my collection on war, violence and ethics. The subtitle clarifies that this is a book about "thinking war" rather than the practice of strategy itself. Of course, one influences the other. Should be read by all those who are concerned that the United States has not "won" a war since World War II.

    6. Exceedingly academic look at strategy through the ages. Bounces around between ideas. Does not formulate a cohesive thesis. Lots of information, but would have received a C+ in my high school English class.

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