Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age / Edition 1

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Overview

The essays in this volume analyze war, its strategic characterisitics and its political and social functions, over the past five centuries. The diversity of its themes and the broad perspectives applied to them make the book a work of general history as much as a history of the theory and practice of war from the Renaissance to the present. Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age takes the first part of its title from an earlier collection of essays, published by Princeton University Press in 1943, which became a classic of historical scholarship. Three essays are repinted from the earlier book; four others have been extensively revised. The rest--twenty-two essays--are new.

The subjects addressed range from major theorists and political and military leaders to impersonal forces. Machiavelli, Clausewitz, and Marx and Engels are discussed, as are Napoleon, Churchill, and Mao. Other essays trace the interaction of theory and experience over generations--the evolution of American strategy, for instance, or the emergence of revolutionary war in the modern world. Still others analyze the strategy of particular conflicts--the First and Second World Wars--or the relationship between technology, policy, and war in the nuclear age. Whatever its theme, each essay places the specifics of military thought and action in their political, social, and economic environment. Together the contributors have produced a book that reinterprets and illuminates war, one of the most powerful forces in history and one that cannot be controlled in the future without an understanding of its past.

This is an historical survey of strategic thinking through the centuries from the advice that Machiavelli gave on the nature of war and politics.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
[The essays] are authoritative and convincing. Taken together, they demonstrate the complexity of strategy and the importance of it being closely integrated with politics.
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"[The essays] are authoritative and convincing. Taken together, they demonstrate the complexity of strategy and the importance of it being closely integrated with politics."--New York Times Book Review
The New York Times Book Review
[The essays] are authoritative and convincing. Taken together, they demonstrate the complexity of strategy and the importance of it being closely integrated with politics.
Library Journal
Makers of Modern Strategy , first pub lished in 1943, deserved and demanded updating. The 28 essays in the new vol ume7 more than in the original range from excellent to outstanding. They reflect the skills of a cross-section of leading military historians. But re viving a classic is a difficult task. Some original contributions were discarded, some rewritten, some left virtually in tact. Old and new frequently coexist awkwardly, as when Hajo Holbom and Gunther Rothenberg compete for 19th- century Germany. The editors' reluc tance to impose a common format add ed to an intellectual diffusion most visible in a split between biographic and thematic approaches. As a result, this revision cannot equal its predecessor's status as a standard text. As an antholo gy, however, the work is brilliantly suc cessfuland that is no mean achieve ment. Recommended for all students of military history. Dennis Showalter, History Dept., Colorado Coll., Colora do Springs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691027647
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1986
  • Series: Princeton Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 950
  • Sales rank: 157,035
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.79 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Required for ILE

    This book is also required for ILE. The basic reason is that the tests are based on some obscure trivia out of this reading. The ILE instruction/evaluation becomes unfocused and of little value.

    Interesting book and worth reading even if not required for ARMY ILE.

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