The Strategy Makers
Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz
Search the Internet for Rühle von Lilienstern and you will find several entries—few if any in English. Yet, this great Prussian strategist and others who are now equally obscure represent the military genius of Europe over a critical 200-year period. Their writings influenced the rise and fall of Spain, France, the Hapsburg Empire, England, Austria-Hungary, and Prussia.
||6 1/8x9 1/4
||Military History/Military Strategy
This book reintroduces readers to the lives and writings of the greatest military minds of the modern era, writers whose ideas and teachings continue to shape the conduct of war in the 21st century.
The word "strategy" only came into usage in West European languages after the work of a Byzantine emperor was translated around the time of the French Revolution. Nevertheless, there was writing on strategy – relating political aims to the use of the military – also in Western Europe, well before this. This book surveys and analyzes the existing literature. It presents commented excerpts of the work of the Elizabethan writer Matthew Sutcliffe (who wrote the first modern comprehensive strategic concept) and translations into English of excerpts from the writing of the Machiavelli-admirer the Seigneur de Fourquevaux (1548) and his French compatriot Bertrand de Loque, who also went by the name of François de Saillans (1589); the Spanish diplomats and military officers Don Bernardino de Mendoza (1595) and the Third Marques of Santa Cruz de Marcenado (1724-1730); the Frenchmen Paul Hay du Chastelet (1668) and Count Guibert (1770); and the Prussian contemporary of Clausewitz, Rühle von Lilienstern (1816).
Key concepts such as preventive war, the fight for the hearts and minds of the population to combat insurgents, the "democratic peace theory," and debates such as the preference for defense or the offensive, the desirability of battle, the purpose and function of war, the advantages of conscript or professional soldiers, can thus be shown to go back far longer than generally assumed and appear in a new light.
- Brings the greatest military minds of the modern era together in one volume
- Includes many highly influential strategists and tacticians whose names are nonetheless seldom recognized and whose ideas are seldom acknowledged
- Includes either the first or new English translations of seminal works on military theory
- Series Description
Praeger Security International
As the world gets "smaller" through technology and globalization, the security risks we face grow and multiply.
International security in the 21st century is not a topic that can be adequately addressed in nightly news soundbites or online articles intended to be relevant for 24 hours or less. Comprehending these complex issues requires insight from foreign policy specialists, diplomats, military officials, peace scholars, historians, and security experts—participants and observers on all sides of each conflict. This series provides the tools for understanding security issues in our uncertain, unstable world.
Covering global hot spots from Iran to Venezuela and subjects ranging from terrorism and cyber warfare to food security, books in the Praeger Security International series give readers access to carefully considered and highly informed viewpoints on the critical security issues that threaten to destabilize our world. With titles authored by diplomats, academic researchers, journalists, military leaders and combatants, legal experts, psychologists, and other knowledgeable specialists, these books offer in-depth analysis and international perspectives that are unavailable in the mass media. These titles represent an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and policymakers as well as for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the complex issues that affect our lives and future.
- Provides reliable, comprehensive information on all matters relating to security that is ideal for students, teachers, researchers, and professionals
- Offers insightful commentaries written by a diverse group of scholars and experts who provide interdisciplinary treatments of newsworthy events and important historical occurrences
- Author Info
"In this thoughtful, clear and interesting work, Reading University's Professor of International Relations, Beatrice Heuser, offers a significant introduction to Western European thinking on war and the military."
"What Michael Howard and Peter Paret did for Clausewitz, Beatrice Heuser has now done for eight strategists who thought and wrote about warfare from the Middle Ages to Napoleon's day. If their contributions are not as great as those of Machiavelli and Clausewitz, they still have much to teach us today—and Beatrice Heuser has done the world of strategists great service by making their teachings so accessible."
"Prof. Heuser knows the history of military thought as well as anybody does. In this fascinating book, she sheds light on a period that is too often ignored. Highly recommended."
"We would do well to read this book as we seek the strategic path through the manifest insecurities of our age; others have been here before us and could show us the way."