1st Edition

Supreme Leadership in Modern War Civil-Military Relations During Competition and War

Edited By James Lacey, Williamson Murray Copyright 2024
    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited volume focuses on civil-military relations before and during great power conflicts, and comprises historical case studies of modern supreme leadership.

    It aims to provide a guide for the future by shining a light on what worked and what failed in the civil-military relationships that steered great powers during the last era of rapid global change. While future civil-military relationships will have to adapt to the current global environment, the past remains, as always, a prelude. Thus, crucial concepts that underpin all such relationships are eternal and are waiting to be drawn out by historians trained to examine and present them to those who can put them to immediate good use. This volume demonstrates the relevance of history in every chapter, as readers will see parallels to today’s problems throughout every case study. The world is entering an age of great challenges, many of which require nations – particularly the most powerful – to establish civil-military relationships capable of navigating dangerous currents without a repeat of the calamities reminiscent of the last century. Each chapter focuses on a particular civil-military relationship as it developed before and during a great war. The editors have gathered leading experts on each of these periods to produce a concise but thorough essay on each relationship's intricacies.

    This book will be of much interest to students of military and strategic studies, military history and international relations, as well as professional miliary colleges and policymakers.

    1. Introduction

    James Lacey

    2. Lincoln, Grant, and the Secrets of Their Success

    Brooks D. Simpson

    3. Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee

    Steven E. Woodworth

    4. Clemenceau and Foch: How Not to Share an Armrest

    Michael S. Neiberg

    5. Lloyd George, Haig and the Supreme Command, 1917–1918

    John Gooch

    6. Imperial Germany’s Supreme Command during the First World War

    Holger Afflerbach

     7. Stalin and the Stavka: Formulating Soviet Strategy During the Great Patriotic War

    Alexander Hill

     8. The German High Command

    Williamson Murray

     9. Roosevelt and Marshall: The Road to Overlord

    James Lacey

     10. Couldn’t Winston Trust His Generals?

    Richard Toye

     11. Truman and MacArthur: Rendezvous with History

    Richard B. Frank

     12. Mao and His Generals: The War to Resist America and Aid Korea

    Christopher D. Yung

     Conclusion: The Complexities of High Command

    Williamson Murray


    James Lacey is Horner Chair of War Studies and a Professor of Strategic Studies at the Marine Corps University, Quantico, USA. He is author/editor of over a dozen books.

    The late Williamson Murray was Professor Emeritus of History at Ohio State University, USA, and author/editor of over twenty books.