Moltke And The German Wars, 1864-1871

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"The Prussian Army invented modern war processes, and Helmuth von Moltke (1800-1891) was the first modern war planner. His accomplishment was to develop, bring to fruition and validate the war processes invented during his lifetime. In this book, Arden Bucholz examines Moltke's work and the processes he utilized in each of the three wars of German unification: against Denmark (1864), Austria (1865) and France (1870-71)." "Moltke's achievements have become a legacy for modern military strategists. The procedures he developed have been used in all of the wars of the twentieth century - the Persian Gulf War of 1991 may be its most interesting example - because they respond to the size, space, time and technology mandates of industrial mass warfare. This book describes and analyses these developments in a unique way, by using organizational, knowledge and learning theory, by looking closely at Moltke's life as a professional solider and by bringing little-known research in the field to a wider audience."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

Bucholz (State U. of New York, Brockport) examines the military strategy of the Prussian commander Helmuth von Moltke. The volume begins with a discussion of the legacy of Napoleon as a strategist and a biography of Moltke. The bulk of the text describes and analyzes the history of Moltke's campaigns, with particular attention to his ability to organize and disseminate information on a wide scale. Bucholz contends he has applied organizational, knowledge and learning theory to his study, but those interested in military history as a story will find this written in a simple narrative style. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"This is a masterful book that presents Moltke in a new perspective and argues a compelling case...."--Andrew R. Carlson, German Studies Review

"...all will benefit from this informative, thoughtful, and careful blend of analysis and narrative."-- Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333687581
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Series: European History in Perspective Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 708,556
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Arden Bucholz is Professor of History at the State University of New York, College at Brockport.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Prussia: War, Theory and Moltke 1
1 Napoleon's Legacy and the Prussian Invention 12
2 Helmuth von Moltke, 1800-57 25
3 Moltke and the Prussian System, 1857-63 50
4 The Danish War, 1864 77
5 The Austrian War, 1866 103
6 The French War, 1870-71 139
Conclusion 185
Notes 196
Bibliography 226
Index 235
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