Understanding Contemporary Strategy

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This new co-authored textbook explains and describes the key intellectual debates around military strategy in the early twenty-first century. The book emphasizes the connections between military operations and broader issues of national policy, and focuses on how current issues such as terrorism, insurgency, nuclear proliferation, information technology and American superiority in conventional military power challenge — and reaffirm — assumptions about modern warfare established during the global conflicts of the twentieth century. Although the book recounts numerous historical developments, the book as a whole will follow a thematic system of organisation. Each topic is introduced simply enough for newcomers to the field, and the book will provide a survey of other recent works in the field for further study. This book's treatment of fundamental strategic concepts will also make it useful for students of military history, and for those interested in the more theoretical side of strategic studies. It will also include pedagogical features such as boxed summaries, summary points and further reading, to help students orient themselves without oversimplifying the main body of the text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415461672
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas M. Kane is Lecturer in international politics at the University of Hull. He specialises in the art of strategy, with a particular interest in its application in China. Relevant publications include Ancient China on Postmodern War (2007), Chinese Grand Strategy and Maritime Power (2005) and Military Logistics and Strategic Performance (2002).

David J. Lonsdale is Lecturer in strategic studies at the University of Hull. He specialises in strategic theory and its application to historical and contemporary settings. His recent publications include Alexander the Great: Lessons in Strategy (2007) and The Nature of War in the Information Age (2004).

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Context 1. Defining Strategy 2. The Human Dimension 3. The Ethics of War 4. Technology and Revolutions in Military Affairs 5. Intelligence 6. Grand Strategy Part 2: The Geographical Dimensions 7. Land Power 8. Sea Power 9. Air Power 10. Space Power Part 3: Contemporary Strategic Challenges 11. Nuclear Strategy 12. Terrorism 13. Insurgency and Counterinsurgency 14. Conclusion: Patterns in Grand Strategy Today

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