The Past as Prologue: The Importance of History to the Military Profession

The Past as Prologue: The Importance of History to the Military Profession

by Williamson Murray
     
 

ISBN-10: 052185377X

ISBN-13: 9780521853774

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Exploring the usefulness of the study of history for contemporary military strategists, this volume illustrates the great importance of military history while simultaneously revealing the challenges of applying the past to the present. Essays from authors of diverse backgrounds--British and American, Civilian and Military--present an overwhelming argument for the…  See more details below

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Exploring the usefulness of the study of history for contemporary military strategists, this volume illustrates the great importance of military history while simultaneously revealing the challenges of applying the past to the present. Essays from authors of diverse backgrounds--British and American, Civilian and Military--present an overwhelming argument for the necessity of the study of the past by today's military leaders in spite of these challenges. Part I examines the relationship between history and the military profession. Part II explores specific historical cases that reveal the repetitiveness of certain military problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521853774
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

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Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Military history and the history of war12
Pt. IThe influence of history on the military profession
3The relevance of history to the military profession : a British view23
4The relevance of history to the military profession : an American marine's view34
5Awkward partners : military history and American military education55
6Thoughts on military history and the profession of arms78
Pt. IIThe past as illuminator of the future
7Thucydides as educator95
8Clausewitz, history, and the future strategic world111
9History and the nature of strategy133
10Military transformation in long periods of peace : the Victorian Royal Navy150
11Military history and the pathology of lessons learned : the Russo-Japanese war, a case study170
12Obstacles to innovation and readiness : the British Army's experience, 1918-1939195
13What history suggests about terrorism and its future217
14History and future of civil-military relations : bridging the gaps247

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