The Strategy Makers: Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - History - 232 pages
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Today's military strategists and tacticians may be familiar with the writings and teachings of Carl von Clausewitz, but The Strategy Makers: Thoughts on War and Society, 1650-1850 reintroduces readers to the lives and writings of those whose contributions to the study of war and society are just as important. Beginning in the 16th century with Bernardino de Mendóza of Spain, this milestone work examines the writings of 16 of the greatest--and largely unacknowledged--military minds of the modern era, concluding in 19th-century Prussia with Rühle von Lilienstern, Clausewitz's contemporary.

In probing the ideas of these men, the author shows how thoughts about military technology, tactics, and strategy changed during the course of these three centuries. What results is a comprehensive and fascinating lesson in how early-modern military experts thought about the relationship between war and society. Their thinking influenced the waging of war during their own age and has continued to shape the conduct of war down to the present day.

 

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Contents

Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz 1 Introduction Themes and Context of Literature on Strategy
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Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz 2 Raimond de Beccarie de Pavie Seigneur de Fourquevaux 1548
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Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz 3 François de SaillansBertrand de Loque 1589
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Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz 4 Matthew Sutcliffe 1593
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Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz 5 Don Bernardino de Mendoza 1595
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Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz 6 Paul Hay du Chastelet 1668
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Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz 7 Santa Cruz de Marcenado and Zanthier 1724301775
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Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz 8 Count de Guibert 1772
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Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz 9 August Rühle von Lilienstern 1816
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Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz Notes
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Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz Selected Bibliography
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Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz Index
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Beatrice Heuser is chair of International Relations at the University of Reading. She is the author of many books including Reading Clausewitz (2002), The Bomb: Nuclear Weapons in Their Historical, Strategic and Ethical Context (1999), Nuclear Mentalities? Strategies and Belief Systems in Britain, France and the FRG (1998), and NATO, Britain, France and the FRG: Nuclear Strategies and Forces for Europe, 1949-2000 (1997).

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