The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War / Edition 1

The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War / Edition 1

5.0 1
by Williamson Murray
     
 

Most writing about strategy - the balancing of ends and means by rulers and states in conflict with their adversaries - has focused on individual strategic theorists or great military leaders. That approach has its uses, but it normally ignores the messy process through which rulers and states have actually framed strategy. Understanding how that process has worked or… See more details below

Overview

Most writing about strategy - the balancing of ends and means by rulers and states in conflict with their adversaries - has focused on individual strategic theorists or great military leaders. That approach has its uses, but it normally ignores the messy process through which rulers and states have actually framed strategy. Understanding how that process has worked or failed to work in the past is nevertheless of vital practical importance to strategists, and of the greatest interest to students of strategy and statecraft. The Making of Strategy is about the strategic process. It consists of seventeen case studies that range from fifth-century B.C. Athens and Ming China to Hitler's Germany, Israel, and the post-1945 United States. The studies analyze, within a common interpretive framework, precisely how rulers and states have made strategy. The introduction emphasizes the constants in the rapidly shifting world of the strategist. The conclusion tries to understand the forces that have driven the transformation of strategy since 400 B.C. and seem likely to continue to transform it in the future.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521566278
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
952,539
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.42(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
List of illustrations and tables
1Introduction: On strategy1
2Athenian strategy in the Peloponnesian War24
3The strategy of a warrior-state: Rome and the wars against Carthage, 264-201 B.C.56
4Chinese strategy from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries85
5The making of strategy in Habsburg Spain: Philip II's "bid for mastery," 1556-1598115
6The origins of a global strategy: England from 1558 to 1713151
7A quest for glory: The formation of strategy under Louis XIV, 1661-1715178
8To the edge of greatness: The United States, 1783-1865205
9Strategic uncertainties of a nation-state: Prussia-Germany, 1871-1918242
10The weary titan: Strategy and policy in Great Britain, 1890-1918278
11The strategy of the decisive weight: Italy, 1882-1922307
12The road to ideological war: Germany, 1918-1945352
13The collapse of empire: British strategy, 1919-1945393
14The strategy of innocence? The United States, 1920-1945428
15The illusion of security: France, 1919-1940466
16Strategy for class war: The Soviet Union, 1917-1941498
17The evolution of Israeli strategy: The psychology of insecurity and the quest for absolute security534
18Strategy in the nuclear age: The United States, 1945-1991579
19Conclusion: Continuity and revolution in the making of strategy614
Index647

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >