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Strategy and Politics

1st Edition

By Colin S. Gray


178 pages

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This book examines the subject of strategy and its relationship with politics.

Despite the fact that strategy is always the product of political process, the relationship between the two concepts and their ancillary activities has scarcely been touched by scholars. This book corrects that serious deficiency, and explains the high relevance of political factors for matters of general defence. Each chapter aims to show how and why strategy and politics interact and how this interaction has had significant consequences historically. Neither strategy nor politics can make sense if considered alone. Strategy requires direction that can only be provided by political process, while politics cannot be implemented without strategy.

In summary, this volume will explain:

  • what strategy is (and is not)
  • why strategy is essential
  • what strategy does and how it does it
  • how strategy is made and executed

Written by a leading scholar and former practitioner, this book will be essential reading for all students of military strategy, strategic studies, security studies and war and conflict studies.


'The text deserves a place in university, military academy, and war college libraries. …Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.'--L. S. Hulett, Knox College, CHOICE

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Argument 1. Politics, Power, and Security 2. Peace and War: Politics at Home and Abroad 3. War and Warfare 4. Theory for Practice 5. Making Strategy 6. History and Geography 7. Culture and Circumstance 8. Civil-Military Relations 9. Politics and Defence Planning 10. Morality and its Ethics in Politics and Strategy 11. Strategic Future

About the Author

Colin S. Gray is Professor Emeritus of Strategic Studies at the University of Reading, UK. He has published twnety-eight books and innumerable journal articles. Recent books include Strategy and Defence Planning (2014), Airpower for Strategic Effect (2012), War, Peace and International Relations, 2nd edn (2011) and The Strategy Bridge (2010).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security