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

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Moving beyond the limited focus of the individual strategic theorist or the great military leader, The Making of Strategy concentrates instead on the processes by which rulers and states have formed strategy. Seventeen case studies—from the fifth century B.C. to the present—analyze through a common framework how strategists have sought to implement a coherent course of action against their adversaries. This fascinating book considers the impact of such complexities as the geographic, political, economic and technical forces that have driven the transformation of strategy since the beginning of civilization and seem likely to alter the making of strategy in the future.

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"This book traces the processes that resulted in military strategies in 17 cases, ranging from ancient Greece and Rome to American nuclear strategy....Each essay is self-contained, and academics searching for brief but expert analyses of strategic case studies for teaching purposes will welcome this book." Foreign Affairs

"...the essays, including those on Israel and the United States in the nuclear age, are presented with remarkable verve and freshness." Brian Bond, Times Literary Supplement

"The essays by some of the finest strategic analysts in the world, both historians and historically minded political scientists, are of a uniformly high quality. The Making of Strategy is an exceptional work. Anyone who wishes to understand the essence of strategy-making as a process, and the factors that influence strategy-making will profit by reading these essays." Mackubin T. Owens, Strategic Review

"One of the advantages of the book is its essays on lesser-known periods for some powers....Military historians and political scientists can benefit from this work, as can students from the upper-division undergraduate level onward." R. Higham, Choice

"The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War offers an important collection of essays which examines the process of strategic decision-making from the Peloponnesian Wars to the nuclear age." The International History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521566278
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 1,016,918
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: on strategy Williamson Murray and Mark Grimsley; 1. Athenian strategy in the Peloponnesian War Donald Kagan; 2. The strategy of a warrior state: Rome and the wars against Carthage, 264–201 BC Alvin H. Bernstein; 3. Chinese strategy from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries Arthur Waldron; 4. The making of strategy in Habsburg Spain: Philip II's 'bid for mastery', 1556–1598 Geoffrey Parker; 5. The origins of a global strategy: England to 1713 William S. Maltby; 6. A quest for glory: the formation of strategy under Louis XIV, 1661–1715 John A. Lynn; 7. To the edge of greatness: the United States, 1783–1865 Peter Maslowski; 8. Strategic uncertainties of a nation state: Prussia-Germany, 1871–1918 Holger H. Herwig; 9. The weary titan: strategy and policy in Great Britain, 1890–1918 John Gooch; 10. The strategy of the decisive weight: Italy, 1882–1992 Brian R. Sullivan; 11. The road to ideological war: Germany, 1918–1945 Wilhelm Deist; 12. The collapse of empire: British strategy, 1919–1945 Williamson Murray; 13. The strategy of innocence? The United States, 1920–1945 Eliot A. Cohen; 14. The illusion of security: France, 1919–1940 Robert A. Doughty; 15. Strategy for class war: the Soviet Union, 1917–1941 Earl F. Ziemke; 16. The evolution of Israeli strategy: the psychology of insecurity and the quest for absolute security Michael I. Handel; 17. Strategy in the Nuclear Age: the United States, 1945–1991 Colin S. Gray; Conclusion: continuity and revolution in the making of strategy MacGregor Knox.

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