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Description - The Past as Prologue by Williamson Murray

In today's military of rapid technological and strategic change, obtaining a complete understanding of the present, let alone the past, is a formidable challenge. Yet the very high rate of change today makes study of the past more important than ever before. The Past as Prologue, first published in 2006, explores the usefulness of the study of history for contemporary military strategists. It illustrates the great importance of military history while simultaneously revealing the challenges of applying the past to the present. Essays from authors of diverse backgrounds - British and American, civilian and military - come together to present an overwhelming argument for the necessity of the study of the past by today's military leaders in spite of these challenges. The essays of Part I examine the relationship between history and the military profession. Those in Part II explore specific historical cases that show the repetitiveness of certain military problems.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521853774
ISBN-10: 052185377X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 298
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Williamson Murray

Williamson Murray is Professor Emeritus of European Military History at Ohio State University and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Defense Analysis. He is the author of a number of books including The Changes in the European Balance of Power, 1938-1939, The Path to Ruin; Luftwaffe; German Military Effectiveness; The Air War in the Persian Gulf; Air War, 1914-1945; The Iraq War: A Military History, with Major General Robert Scales, Jr.; and A War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World War, with Allan R. Millet. He also co-edited numerous collections, including Military Innovations in the Interwar Period (1996) with Allan R. Millet, and The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050 (2001), with MacGregor Knox. Richard Hart Sinnreich works as an independent consultant in areas ranging from Army wargaming to defense transformation. His recent writings include The Changing Face of Battlefield Reporting, ARMY, November, 1994; To Stand & Fight, ARMY, July, 1997; In Search of Victory, ARMY, February 1999; Whither the Legions, Strategic Review, Summer, 1999; Conceptual Foundations of a Transformed U.S, Army with Huba Wass de Czege, The Institute For Land Warfare, March 2002; Red Team Insights From Army Wargaming, DART, September 2002; Joint Warfighting in the 21st Century (with Williamson Murray), IDA (2002); and A Strategy By Accident: U.S. Pacific Policy in the Cold War. He writes a regular column for the Lawton Constitution and occasional columns for ARMY and The Washington Post.