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Strategy before Clausewitz : linking warfare and statecraft, 1400-1830
Éditeur Routledge
Année 2018
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Strategy before Clausewitz : linking warfare and statecraft, 1400-1830
1 vol. (XV-239 p.) ; 24 cm
Bibliogr. p. 208-226. Index
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Was strategy practised before the word was used? ; Christine de Pizan, the first modern strategist: good governance and conflict mediation ; Denial of change: the military revolution as seen by contemporaries ; The invention of modern maritime strategies: the Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1604 ; A national security strategy for England: Matthew Sutcliffe, the Earl of Essex and the Cádiz Expedition of 1596 ; Command of the sea: the origins of a strategic concept ; Lazarus Schwendi, Raimondo Montecuccoli and the Turkish wars: peaceful coexistence or rollback? ; Giubert: prophet of total war? ; What Clausewitz read: on the origins of some of his key ideas
"This collection of essays combines historical research with cutting-edge analysis and makes a significant contribution to the study of the history of strategic thinking. Among leading writers of strategy, there is a debate as to whether strategy in its modern definition existed before Clausewitz or even the early 20th century. The case studies featured in this book show that strategic thinking did indeed exist before the last century, even if there was no commonly agreed word for it. The volume uses a variety of approaches. Firstly, it explores case studies which assess the strategic thinking of three monarchs whose biographers have claimed to have identified strategic thinking in their warfare: Edward III of England, Philip II of Spain, and Louis XIV of France. The book then analyses a number of famous strategic thinkers and practitioners, including Christine de Pizan, Lazarus Schwendi, Matthew Sutcliffe, Raimondo Montecuccoli, and Count Guibert. This work combines in-depth historical documentary research with strategic studies analysis. The chapters illustrate that it is language and at times conceptualisation, more than social, economic and political (let alone mental or educational), limitations that differentiate us from our forbearers. This book will be of great interest to students of strategic history and theory, military history and IR in general."-- [4ème de couverture]
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