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History of Military Thought From the Enlightenment to the Cold War

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ISBN-10: 0199247625

ISBN-13: 9780199247622

Edition: 2001

Authors: Azar Gat

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From the ideas of Clausewitz to contemporary doctrines of containment and cold war, this is a definitive history of modern military thought. A one-volume collection of Azar Gat's acclaimed trilogy, it traces the quest for a general theory of war from its origins in the Enlightenment. Beginning with a provocative critique of Clausewitz's classic work On War, the author unravels the endemic difficulties in Clausewitz's work that have baffled scholars for so long, clearly explaining the development of his ideas against the background of the Napoleonic revolution in war and the Romantic critique of the Enlightenment. He continues the story through the strategic ideas of the Prussian-German military school during the nineteenth century, the factors that shaped the 'cult of the offensive' in the French Army before the First World War, and the competing doctrines which dominated naval warfare during the ages of sail and steam. In the final part of the trilogy, he shows how theories of mechanized war emerged throughout the industrial world in the first decades of the twentieth century and explains why their leading exponents were associated with fascism. Drastically re-evaluating B.H. Liddell Hart's contribution to strategic theory, the author argues that in the wake of the trauma of the First World War, and in response to the Axis challenge, Liddell Hart developed the doctrine of containment and cold war long before the advent of nuclear weapons. He reveals Liddell Hart as a pioneer of the modern western liberal way in warfare which is still with us today.
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Book details

List price: $110.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 904
Size: 5.43" wide x 8.50" long x 1.81" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

From the Enlightenment to Clausewitz
Machiavelli and the Classical Notion of the Lessons of History in the Study of War
The Military School of the Enlightenment
Montecuccoli: The Impact of Proto-Science on Military Theory
The Quest for a General Theory of War: The Military Thinkers of the French Enlightenment
From Military Education to a Science of Operations: The Military Thinkers of the German Aufklarung
The Napoleonic Age: Archduke Charles, Jomini, and the Revolution in War
The German Movement, Clausewitz, and the Origins of the German Military School
The Reaction against the Enlightenment: New Perspectives on Military Theory
Clausewitz: Demolishing and Rebuilding the Theoretical Ideal
Clausewitz: The Nature of War
Conclusion
Clausewitz's Final Notes Revisited
The Nineteenth Century
Positivism, Romanticism, and Military Theory 1815-1870
The German Military School: Its World-View and Conception of War 1815-1914
The Cult of the Offensive: The Sources of French Military Doctrine 1871-1914
From Sail to Steam: Naval Theory and the Military Parallel 1882-1914
Marxism, Clausewitz, and Military Theory 1848 to the Nuclear Age
Conclusion
Fascist and Liberal Visions of War
Fascist Modernism and Visionaries of Machine Warfare
Introduction: The 'Janus Face' of Fascism
J. F. C. Fuller and Future Warfare
The Sources of Douhetism
German Right-Wing Radicalism, Strategic Adventurism, and Mechanized Warfare
Comparisons and Contrasts (I): American Progressivism and Technological Modernism
Comparisons and Contrasts (II): Marxist Modernism and the Doctrine of 'Deep Battle'
Conclusion
Liddell Hart, Modern, and 'Post-Modern' Strategy
Introduction
Background: The First World War in Western Consciousness
Theory: Limited War, Moderate Peace, and the Strategy of Indirect Approach
Policy: Defence of the West (I): Containment in the 1930s
Policy: Defence of the West (II): Hot War - Cold War
Conclusion: 'The Western Way in Warfare', Past and Future
Select Bibliography
Index