A History of Military Thought
From the Enlightenment to the Cold War
By (author) Azar Gat
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History of Military Thought by Azar Gat
Book DescriptionFrom the ideas of Clausewitz to contemporary doctrines of containment and cold war, this is a definitive history of modern military thought. A one-volume collection of Azar Gat's acclaimed trilogy, it traces the quest for a general theory of war from its origins in the Enlightenment. Beginning with a provocative critique of Clausewitz's classic work On War, the author unravels the endemic difficulties in Clausewitz's work that have baffled scholars for so long, clearly explaining the development of his ideas against the background of the Napoleonic revolution in war and the Romantic critique of the Enlightenment. He continues the story through the strategic ideas of the Prussian-German military school during the nineteenth century, the factors that shaped the 'cult of the offensive' in the French Army before the First World War, and the competing doctrines which dominated naval warfare during the ages of sail and steam. In the final part of the trilogy, he shows how theories of mechanized war emerged throughout the industrial world in the first decades of the twentieth century and explains why their leading exponents were associated with fascism. Drastically re-evaluating B.H. Liddell Hart's contribution to strategic theory, the author argues that in the wake of the trauma of the First World War, and in response to the Axis challenge, Liddell Hart developed the doctrine of containment and cold war long before the advent of nuclear weapons. He reveals Liddell Hart as a pioneer of the modern western liberal way in warfare which is still with us today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199247622
(217mm x 139mm x 46mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Fascist and Liberal Visions of War, Hardback (September 1998)
In this ground-breaking study, Professor Azar Gat reveals the fascist background behind the ideas of the leading theorists of mechanized war in the first decade of the twentieth century. He then drastically re-evaluates B. H. Liddell Hart's strategic ideas, presenting him as the pioneer of the modern western liberal way in warfare.
Development of Military Thought, Hardback (October 1992)» View all books by Azar Gat
This study of military thought during the 19th century focuses on the wider conceptions of war, strategy and military theory which dominated the West in this period. Gat's analysis uncovers the intellectual assumptions and picture of the past which underlay military policy and practice.
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