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A History of Military Thought: From the Enlightenment to the Cold War / Edition 1
     

A History of Military Thought: From the Enlightenment to the Cold War / Edition 1

by Azar Gat, Asar Gat
 

ISBN-10: 0199247625

ISBN-13: 9780199247622

Pub. Date: 01/17/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press

From the ideas of Clausewitz to contemporary doctrines of containment and cold war, this is a definitive history of modern military thought. A one-volume collection of Azar Gat's acclaimed trilogy, it traces the quest for a general theory of war from its origins in the Enlightenment. Drastically re-evaluating B.H. Liddell Hart's contribution to strategic theory,

Overview

From the ideas of Clausewitz to contemporary doctrines of containment and cold war, this is a definitive history of modern military thought. A one-volume collection of Azar Gat's acclaimed trilogy, it traces the quest for a general theory of war from its origins in the Enlightenment. Drastically re-evaluating B.H. Liddell Hart's contribution to strategic theory, the author argues that in the wake of the trauma of the First World War, and in response to the Axis challenge, Liddell Hart developed the doctrine of containment and cold war long before the advent of nuclear weapons. He reveals Liddell Hart as a pioneer of the modern western liberal way in warfare which is still with us today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199247622
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/17/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
906
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part One: The Military School of the Enlightenment
1. Montecuccoli: The Impact of Proto-Science on Military Theory
2. The Military Thinkers of the French Enlightenment: The Quest for a General Theory of War
3. The Military Thinkers of the German 'Aufklarung'
4. Through the Napoleonic Age
Part Two: The German Movement, Clausewitz, and the Origins of the German Military School
5. The Reaction Against the Enlightenment: New Perspectives on Military Theory
6. Clausewitz: Demolishing and Rebuilding the Theoretical Ideal
7. Clausewitz: The Nature of War
8. Conclusion
9. Clausewitz's Final Notes Revisited
Part Three: The Development of Military Thought
10. Positivism, Romanticism, and Military Theory 1815-1870
11. The German Military School: Its World-View and Conception of War 1815-1914
12. The Cult of the Offensive: The Sources of French Military Doctrine 1871-1914
13. From Sail to Steam: Naval Theory and the Military Parallel 1882-1914
14. Marxism, Clausewitz, and Military Theory 1848 to the Nuclear Age
Part Four: Fascist Modernism and Visionaries of Machine Warfare
15. Introduction: The 'Janus Face' of Fascism
16. J. F. C. Fuller: Positivism, Evolution, Fascism, and Future Warfare
17. Futurism, Proto-Fascist Italian Culture, and the Sources of Douhetism
18. German Right-Wing Radicalism, Strategic Adventurism, and Mechanized Warfare
19. Comparisons and Contrasts (I): American Populism, Progressivism, and Mid-West Technological Modernism
20. Comparisons and Contrasts (II): Marxism, Modernism, and the Doctrine of 'Deep Battle'
21. Part Five:Lideel Hart, Modern, and Post-Modern Strategy Introduction
22. Background: The First World War in Western Consciousness
23. Theory: The Lmited War, Moderate Peace, and the Strategy of Indirect Approach
24. Policy: Defence of the West (I): Containment in the 1930s
25. Policy: Defence of the West II: Hot War-Cold War
26. Conclusion: 'The Western Way in Warfare', Past and Future
Bibliography
Index

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