Masters of War Classical Strategic Thought

ISBN-10: 0714681326
ISBN-13: 9780714681320
Edition: 3rd 2001 (Revised)
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List price: $59.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/29/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 510
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

This study is based on a detailed textual analysis of the classical works on war by Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, Mao Tse-tung and, to a lesser extent, by Jomini and Machiavelli. The central conclusion is that the logic of waging war and of strategic thinking is as universal and timeless as human nature itself. This third revised and expanded edition contains five new chapters. One of these concerns Clausewitz' insights into the problem of war termination. Another is dedicated to the importance of correctly identifying the nature of war. The author has also added a chapter on Corbett's naval strategy, the relation of his work to the spirit of that of Sun Tzu, and in particular the issue of limited war and war by limited contingency.

List of Maps, Figures, and Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Strategy: Past Theories, Modern Practice
Comparing Sun Tzu and Clausewitz
The Definition of War: A Question of the Level of Analysis
Clausewitz and Mao Tse-tung on Theory and Practice in War
'Attacking the Enemy's Plans' and the Concept of 'The Center of Gravity': Eastern Psychology and Western Mechanics
The Primacy of Politics and the Military Commander
The Rational Calculus of War: Correlating Ends and Means
Clausewitz on the Role of 'Moral Forces' in War
The Supreme Act of Judgment: Understanding the 'Nature of War' and the 'Trinitarian Analysis'
The First Element of the Remarkable Trinity: The People in Arms
The Ideal and the Real: Victory without Bloodshed and the Search for the Decisive Battle
Speed, Numerical Superiority, and Victory
The Principle of Continuity and the Culminating Point of Victory: The Contradictory Nature of War
Clausewitz on War Termination
Deception, Surprise, and Intelligence
On Military Leadership
Boldness and Calculation
Corbett, Clausewitz, and Sun Tzu
Conclusions: Towards a Unified Theory of War
Contradiction and Paradox in the Theory of War
The Weinberger Doctrine
Clausewitz's Ideal-Type Method Applied to Sun-Tzu's The Art of War
Clausewitz's On War as a Gestalt or a Systemic Theory
The Problem of the Level of Analysis and the 'Tacticization of Strategy'
Clausewitz and the Principle of Concentration
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Conceptual Index to the Classical Strategists
General Reference Index

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