Disruptive Strategies: The Military Campaigns of Ascendant Powers and Their Rivals

Disruptive Strategies: The Military Campaigns of Ascendant Powers and Their Rivals

by David L. Berkey (Editor)

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Overview

Since ancient times, there have been military operations that attempted to produce tectonic shifts in the balance of power. In this volume, historians demonstrate how knowledge of past military operations can inform current policy discussions by analyzing conflicts between dominant states and the rising powers who seeks to contest their hegemony. What might a conflict between the United States and its main rival, China, look like in the years ahead? What factors are important for strategists to consider?

Paul A. Rahe considers the rival ambitions between Sparta and Athens. Barry Strauss explores the Punic Wars fought by Carthage and Rome. Edward N. Luttwak examines a decisive military campaign between the Byzantine empire and its nemesis, the Sasanians. Peter R. Mansoor describes the emergence of Sweden as a military might under the leadership of Gustavus Adolphus. Andrew Roberts studies the expansion of French power during Napoleon's Italian campaign. Michael R. Auslin formulates a hypothetical conflict between China and the United States in the year 2025. Each of these conflicts offers important lessons about the behaviors of ascendant powers and the responses they provoke.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817923846
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
Publication date: 01/01/2021
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 539,377
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David L. Berkey is a research fellow in classics and military history at the Hoover Institution, and an executive board member of its Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict. He was previously a professor of history at California State University, Fresno.

Table of Contents

Foreword Victor Davis Hanson vii

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction David L. Berkey 1

1 Sparta Ascendant, Athens Rising: Alliance, Ambivalence, Rivalry, and War in a Tripolar World Paul A. Rahe 13

2 The Punic Wars Barry Strauss 43

3 A Strategic Campaign: The Byzantine Emperor Herakleios Destroys Sasanian Persia Edward N. Luttwak 67

4 Gustavus Adolphus and the Rise of Sweden Peter R. Mansoor 87

5 Napoleon's Italian Campaign Andrew Roberts 117

6 The Sino-American Littoral War of 2025: A Future History Michael R. Austin 139

About the Authors 185

About the Hoover Institution's Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict 189

Index 191

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