Military Strategy: The Politics and Technique of War

Bloomsbury Publishing
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Military strategy is concerned with the translation of armed force into intended political effects. As such, it constitutes one of the most important activities of the past two centuries; and yet during this period it has not always been practised very effectively.

In this book, John Stone seeks to explain why this has been the case by examining various instances of strategic practice drawn from the period between the eighteenth century and the present day. He contends that, to be truly effective, strategy must faithfully reflect the political context in which it is formulated. Where strategy has failed, it is frequently because its practitioners have paid undue attention to military-technical matters at the expense of politics.
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Bloomsbury Publishing
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Feb 14, 2013
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216
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ISBN
9781441180056
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English
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History / Military / General
Political Science / International Relations / General
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