Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age

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Peter Paret, Gordon A. Craig, Felix Gilbert
Princeton University Press, Oct 1, 2010 - History - 952 pages

The essays in this volume analyze war, its strategic characterisitics and its political and social functions, over the past five centuries. The diversity of its themes and the broad perspectives applied to them make the book a work of general history as much as a history of the theory and practice of war from the Renaissance to the present. Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age takes the first part of its title from an earlier collection of essays, published by Princeton University Press in 1943, which became a classic of historical scholarship. Three essays are repinted from the earlier book; four others have been extensively revised. The rest--twenty-two essays--are new.

The subjects addressed range from major theorists and political and military leaders to impersonal forces. Machiavelli, Clausewitz, and Marx and Engels are discussed, as are Napoleon, Churchill, and Mao. Other essays trace the interaction of theory and experience over generations--the evolution of American strategy, for instance, or the emergence of revolutionary war in the modern world. Still others analyze the strategy of particular conflicts--the First and Second World Wars--or the relationship between technology, policy, and war in the nuclear age. Whatever its theme, each essay places the specifics of military thought and action in their political, social, and economic environment. Together the contributors have produced a book that reinterprets and illuminates war, one of the most powerful forces in history and one that cannot be controlled in the future without an understanding of its past.

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The Origins of Modern War
The Expansion of War
From the Industrial Revolution to the First World War
From the First to the Secon World War
Since 1945
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Peter Paret is Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History at Stanford University. He is the author of Clausewitz and the State: The Man, His Theories, and His Times (Princeton Paperback) and editor and translator, with Michael Howard of Clausewitz's On War (Princeton). Gordon A. Craig is J. E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Stanford University. Felix Gilbert is Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

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