This book, first published in 1975, is a comprehensive examination of specialised strategic studies, and deals with the theoretical and policy aspects of the topic. It argues that military power is an intrinsic part of the international system, with strategy being the means by which military power may be used to achieve political objectives. Hence, given the destructiveness of modern weapons it is the prime aim of the strategic doctrines of the major powers not to wage war, but to use their military potential to further their interests by less catastrophic means. However, outside the Cold War superpower confrontation, strategy exhibits many of its traditional aspects. This book analyses both types of strategy variations.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Strategy and its Evolution 1. Strategic Studies and its Assumptions John Garnett 2. The Evolution of Strategic Thinking Ken Booth 3. The Role of Military Power John Garnett Part 2. Strategic Concepts 4. Deterrence Phil Williams 5. Disarmament and Arms Control Ken Booth 6. Limited War John Garnett 7. Revolutionary Warfare John Baylis 8. Crisis Management Phil Williams 9. Alliances Ken Booth Part 3. The Military Policies of the Powers 10. United States Defence Policy Phil Williams 11. Soviet Defence Policy Ken Booth 12. Chinese Defence Policy John Baylis 13. British Defence Policy John Baylis 14. French Defence Policy John Baylis
John Baylis, Ken Booth, John Garnett and Phil Williams