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by Thomas Mahnken:,Joseph A. Maiolo


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By a wide margin this is the premier Reader in the field of Strategic Studies.

Ships from and sold by De-light Books. By a wide margin this is the premier Reader in the field of Strategic Studies. - Colin S. Gray, University of Reading, UK.

Thomas G. Mahnken currently serves as the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning. Joseph A. Maiolo is Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London

Thomas G. He previously served as a Professor of Strategy at the US Naval War College and a Visiting Fellow at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is author of Uncovering Ways of War: . Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941 (2002). Maiolo is Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London.

Thomas Mahnken, Joseph A. Maiolo. This new Reader brings together key essays on strategic theory by some of the leading contributors in the field. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Filling a large gap in the market, it will guide students through both the theoretical and practical aspects of Strategic Studies. Including classic essays and works of contemporary scholarship, the volume provides a wide-ranging survey of the key ideas and themes in the field of Strategic Studies. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. Mahnken, Joseph A.

This revised volume contains several new essays and updated introductions to each section. The volume comprises hard-to-find classics in the field as well as the latest scholarship. The aim is to provide students with a wide-ranging survey of the key issues in strategic studies, and to provide an introduction to the main ideas and themes in the field. Thomas G.

Strategic Studies book. A volume all about warfare

Strategic Studies book. A volume all about warfare. The STRATEGY casts light on various aspects of warfare and aims to take the reader to the bottlenecks of strategic dimensions of war and the broad possibilities of winning battles.

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Strategic Studies : A Reader. oceedings{S, title {Strategic studies : a reader}, author {Thomas G. Mahnken and Joseph A. Maiolo}, year {2008} }. General introduction PART I: The uses of strategic theory Introduction 1. Strategic studies and the problem of power, LAWRENCE FREEDMAN 2. What is a military lesson?, WILLIAM C. FULLER, JR. 3. Why Strategy is Difficult, COLIN S. GRAY PART II: Interpretation of the classics Introduction 4. Who's Afraid of Carl von Clausewitz?

This new Reader brings together key essays on strategic theory by some of the leading contributors in the field.

Filling a large gap in the market, it will guide students through both the theoretical and practical aspects of Strategic Studies. Including classic essays and works of contemporary scholarship, the volume provides a wide-ranging survey of the key ideas and themes in the field of Strategic Studies. It comprises six thematic sections, each of which has an Editors’ Introduction and suggestions for further reading:

uses of strategic theory interpretation of the classics instruments of war: land, sea, and air power nuclear strategy irregular warfare and small wars future warfare, future strategy

Striking a balance between theoretical essays and case studies, the Strategic Studies Reader will be essential reading for all students of strategic studies, international security and modern warfare, as well as for professional military students.


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OTANO
Certain authors and publishers seem to prefer the production of "readers" - collections of chapters or papers published by others, usually their friends, apparently for those same friends to assign as readings to their students. I was one of those poor students. These readers must be very profitable for all involved, but they straitjacket the field around a new orthodoxy as defined by the inner circle of the field, a handful of incestuous friends, hangers-on, and favorites, without offering anything new, while forcing us to read some stuff that is out of date and disproved by more recent scholarship. So it was with this reader. Even the title is misleading - it sounds like a book on strategic thought, but it is a mix of old philosophy and more recent epistemological pretensions, some of it about strategy, but mostly narrow historical events and high-minded hand-wringing about concepts, and none of it more recent than 2005. The selections are frustratingly parochial. Part I covers the "uses of strategic theory" but none of the three authors (Bernard Brodie, Lawrence Freedman, William Fuller) talks about the uses, instead they give short lectures on favored concepts like "power", leaving the book with no proper review of strategy. Part II covers "the classics" but again includes only 3 authors: Sun Tzu, I agree; Liddell Hart, highly controversial; Thomas Schelling, belongs in a chapter on nuclear strategy. Where is Clausewitz? Napoleon? or a long list of more deserving authors? - this selectivity illustrates the problem with readers: instead of an overview of strategy or of the classics, we get a misleading selection without any context. Part III covers "land, sea, and air power" - here we get our first review piece, by Brian Holden Reid, of Fuller and Liddell Hart - if only the reader had more reviews of this type, like "Makers of Modern Strategy". But then this reader delivers Julian Corbett on maritime strategy - apparently, one short selection from a book published in 1911, mostly about medieval sea fighting, is supposed to help us struggle with naval warfare today...The chapter on Air Power is worse - Richard Overy on deterrence theory before 1939, clearly chosen as a friend rather than on the merits of such a narrow topic, because it is followed by a chapter on the air war in Kosovo and resulting debate, which gives us much more food for thought on air strategy. Part IV is on Nuclear Strategy, with two chapters, one by an author we had heard from already in Part I, the other published slightly more recently - in 1959! So clearly we're not learning about nuclear strategy - just early Cold War prospects. Part V is on Irregular Warfare and here the editors invest space for 5 authors, with two arbitrarily selected practitioners (Lawrence of Arabia and Mao Tse Tung), without admitting that both authors practised warfare completely differently to how they wrote about it. David Galula on Counterinsurgency Warfare is excellent, but the only academic analysis in the whole reader and one that is over 40 years old. Part V contains the only chapter on terrorism, which is a surprise given the date of publication, and the chapter is a highly conservative interpretation of terrorism through classical strategic thought. By the way, this chapter is based on the most recently published article in the whole reader and it was published in 2005. Part VI covers "future warfare, future strategy" starting with Andrew Krepenevich, who is excellent, on the "revolution in military affairs", but that topic is 20 years old now. Michael Evans writes the shortest, shallowest analysis of war since the invasion of Afghanistan and illustrates the dubious criteria by which the editors were selecting. Colin S. Gray has the only thought-provoking chapter in Part VI and he muses on strategy in a way that belonged in the introduction to this reader. Hew Strachan has his own musings on strategy that too belonged in an introduction to the concept of strategy. For some reason, Adam Roberts is given 22 pages to pontificate about the meaning of history, terrorism, strategy, and life, when some of the other chapters were cut down to 3 pages, but his potentially comprehensive view is seen from 2004 and is a rambling collection of observations and opinions cobbled together from three separate speeches/editorials. Most of the authors seem to be associated with the War Studies Department at Kings College London and the readings betray an Anglo-centrism that will irritate foreign readers; also the selection betrays strategic conservatism and backward thinking, which are the last things we need in a post-9/11 world. In the end, the experience is like eating a bag of dog biscuits in the dark before you find the odd small candy.
Bremar
Could have used more Clausewitz, and more air/sea/PGM and less insurgency/terrorism. Still, a good selection.
Strategic Studies: A Reader download epub
Humanities
Author: Thomas Mahnken:,Joseph A. Maiolo
ISBN: 0415772222
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 5, 2008)
Pages: 464 pages