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Strategic Studies A Reader

ISBN-10: 0415772222
ISBN-13: 9780415772228
Edition: 2008
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Description: This Reader brings together key essays on strategic theory by some of the leading contributors in the field. Filling a large gap in the market, it guidesnbsp;students through a wide-ranging survey of the theoretical and practical aspects of  More...

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Book details

List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

This Reader brings together key essays on strategic theory by some of the leading contributors in the field. Filling a large gap in the market, it guidesnbsp;students through a wide-ranging survey of the theoretical and practical aspects of strategic studies. Providing an introduction to the key ideas and themes, it includes seven extensive sections on: the uses of strategic theory reinterpretation of the classics instruments of war: land, sea, and air power intelligence, perception and deception nuclear strategy limited war, small wars and terrorism war termination. Overall, Strategic Studies strikes a balance between theoretical works, which seek to discover generalizations about the nature of modern strategy, and case studies, which attempt to ground the study of strategy in the realities of modern war. This will be essential reading for all students of strategic studies, security and modernwarfare, as well as for professional military students.

Acknowledgments
General introduction
The uses of strategic theory
Introduction
Strategy as a science
Strategic studies and the problem of power
What is a military lesson?
Interpretation of the classics
Introduction
"The Art of War"
Strategy: the indirect approach
Arms and influence
Instruments of war: land, sea, and air power
Introduction
J.F.C. Fuller's theory of mechanized warfare
Some principles of maritime strategy
Air power and the origins of deterrence theory before 1939
Kosovo and the great air power debate
Nuclear strategy
Introduction
The absolute weapon
The delicate balance of terror
Irregular warfare and small wars
Introduction
Science of guerrilla warfare
Problems of strategy in China's civil war
Counterinsurgency warfare: theory and practice
Why big nations lose small wars: the politics of asymmetric conflict
Countering global insurgency
Strategic terrorism: the framework and its fallacies
Future warfare, future strategy
Introduction
Cavalry to computer: the pattern of military revolutions
From Kadesh to Kandahar: military theory and the future of war
Why strategy is difficult
The 'war on terror' in historical perspective
The lost meaning of strategy
Index

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