2nd Edition

Strategic Studies
A Reader

ISBN 9780415661126
Published February 13, 2014 by Routledge
472 Pages

USD $79.95

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Book Description

The second edition of Strategic Studies: A Reader brings together key essays on strategic theory by some of the leading contributors to the field. This revised volume contains several new essays and updated introductions to each section.

The volume comprises hard-to-find classics in the field as well as the latest scholarship. The aim is to provide students with a wide-ranging survey of the key issues in strategic studies, and to provide an introduction to the main ideas and themes in the field. The book contains six extensive sections, each of which is prefaced by a short introductory essay:

    • The Uses of Strategic Theory
    • Interpretation of the Classics
    • Instruments of War, Intelligence and Deception
    • Nuclear Strategy
    • Irregular Warfare and Small Wars
    • Future Warfare, Future Strategy

Overall, this volume strikes a balance between theoretical works, which seek to discover generalisations about the nature of modern strategy, and case studies, which attempt to ground the study of strategy in the realities of modern war.

This new edition will be essential reading for all students of strategic studies, security studies, military history and war studies, as well as for professional military college students.

Table of Contents

General introduction  PART I: The uses of strategic theory  Introduction  1. Strategic studies and the problem of power, LAWRENCE FREEDMAN  2. What is a military lesson?, WILLIAM C. FULLER, JR.  3. Why Strategy is Difficult, COLIN S. GRAY  PART II: Interpretation of the classics  Introduction  4. Who’s Afraid of Carl von Clausewitz?: A Guide to the Perplexed, MICHAEL I. HANDEL  5. "The Art of War", SUN TZU  6. Strategy: the indirect approach, BASIL LIDDELL HART  7. Arms and Influence, THOMAS C. SCHELLING  PART III: Instruments of war: land, sea, and air power  Introduction  8. Some principles of maritime strategy, JULIAN CORBETT  9. Kosovo and the great air power debate, DANIEL L. BYMAN AND MATTHEW C. WAXMAN  10. What’s Wrong with the Intelligence Process?, ROBERT JERVIS  11. Deception and Intelligence Failure: Anglo-German Preparations for U-Boat Warfare in the 1930s, JOSEPH A. MAIOLO  PART IV: Nuclear strategy  Introduction  12. The absolute weapon, BERNARD BRODIE  13, The delicate balance of terror, ALBERT WOHLSTETTER  14. Attacking the Atom: Does Bombing Nuclear Facilities Affect Proliferation?, SARAH KREPS AND MATTHEW FUHRMANN  PART V: Irregular warfare and small wars  Introduction  15. Science of guerrilla warfare, T.E. LAWRENCE  16. Problems of strategy in China’s civil war, MAO TSE TUNG  17. Strategic Terrorism: The Framework and its Fallacies, MICHAEL SMITH AND PETER NEUMANN  18. Hybrid Warfare and Challenges, FRANK G. HOFFMAN  PART VI: Future warfare, future strategy  Introduction  19. Weapons: The Growth and Spread of the Precision-Strike Regime, THOMAS G. MAHNKEN  20. The Revolution in Military Affairs with Chinese Characteristics, JACQUELINE NEWMYER  21. Iron Cannot Fight: The Role of Technology in Current Russian Military Theory, TOR BUKKVOLL  22. From Kadesh to Kandahar: military theory and the future of war, MICHAEL EVANS  23. Cyber War Will Not Take Place, THOMAS RID  24. The lost meaning of strategy   HEW STRACHAN


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Thomas G. Mahnken is currently Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security at the US Naval War College. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is the author of Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941 (2002), (with James R. FitzSimonds) The Limits of Transformation: Officer Attitudes toward the Revolution in Military Affairs (2003), Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945 (2008), and Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941 (2012). He is editor (with Emily O. Goldman) of The Information Revolution in Military Affairs in Asia (2004) and (with Richard K. Betts) Paradoxes of Strategic Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel (Frank Cass, 2003). He is co-editor of the Journal of Strategic Studies.

Joseph A. Maiolo is Professor of International History in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK. He is author of The Royal Navy and Nazi Germany: A study in appeasement and the origins of the Second World War (1998) and Cry Havoc: How the Arms Race Drove the World to War 1931-1941 (2010); co-author of An International History of the Twentieth Century (Routledge, 2004, 2008); and co-editor (with Robert Boyce) The Origins of World War Two: The Debate Continues (2005). He is co-editor of the Journal of Strategic Studies.

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'A brilliant, and unlike most edited collections, coherent, collection of essays by masters past and present on the theory and practice of strategy. A superb primer for any and all students of the subject.'-- Eliot A. Cohen, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC

'This superb volume provides an essential primer for any student of strategic studies.' -- Theo Farrell, Kings College London, UK

'By a wide margin this is the premier Reader in the field of Strategic Studies. For research as well as teaching it is an invaluable resource.' -- Colin S. Gray, University of Reading, UK

'a fine collection of strategic thought' -- Journal of Military History

'An essential text for anyone interested in the development of strategic ideas.' -- Stephan Fruehling, Australian National University, Canberra

‘The new volume makes an excellent contribution to the study of strategy, and to the ongoing debate on the complexity of strategy and the connection between security and strategy. It is also a great and highly recommended teaching tool for advanced course on strategic studies.' -- Mohiaddin Mesbahi, Florida International University