Making of Strategy Rulers, States, and War

ISBN-10: 0521566274

ISBN-13: 9780521566278

Edition: 1996

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Most writing about strategy has focused on individual strategic theorists or great military leaders. This book focuses instead on the messy processes by which rulers and states have framed strategy in the past - a subject of vital practical importance to strategists, and of great interest to students of strategy and statecraft. It consists of 17 case studies that range from fifth-century Athens and Ming China to Hitler's Germany, Israel, and the post-1945 United States. The studies analyse, within a common interpretive framework, precisely how rulers and states have made strategy. The introduction emphasises the constants in the rapidly shifting world of the strategist; the concluding essay tries to understand the forces that have driven the transformation of strategy since 400 BC and seem likely to continue to transform it in the future.
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List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/31/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Williamson Murray is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analysis, Washington, D.C.

Introduction: on strategy
Athenian strategy in the Peloponnesian War
The strategy of a warrior state: Rome and the wars against Carthage, 264-201 BC
Chinese strategy from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries
The making of strategy in Habsburg Spain: Philip II's 'bid for mastery', 1556-1598
The origins of a global strategy: England to 1713 William S. Maltby
A quest for glory: the formation of strategy under Louis XIV, 1661-1715
To the edge of greatness: the United States, 1783-1865
Strategic uncertainties of a nation state: Prussia-Germany, 1871-1918
The weary titan: strategy and policy in Great Britain, 1890-1918
The strategy of the decisive weight: Italy, 1882-1992
The road to ideological war: Germany, 1918-1945
The collapse of empire: British strategy, 1919-1945
The strategy of innocence? The United States, 1920-1945
The illusion of security: France, 1919-1940
Strategy for class war: the Soviet Union, 1917-1941
The evolution of Israeli strategy: the psychology of insecurity and the quest for absolute security
Strategy in the Nuclear Age: the United States, 1945-1991
Conclusion: continuity and revolution in the making of strategy
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