This book, originally published in 1961, examines the wars from the age of absolute rulers, and the destructive impact of revolutionary and democratic government on this state of affairs. It discusses the relation between war and policy, and takes into account how the character of war in the first half of the twentieth century affected international diplomacy.
‘A tour de force in the way it embraces and weaves together the political, economic and military factors’ B. H. Liddell Hart
‘A work which sums up succinctly the learning of a life-time.’ New Statesman
1. The Limited Wars of the Absolute Kings 2. The Rebirth of Unlimited War 3. Napoleonic Warfare 4. The Theories of Clausewitz 5. The Influences of the Industrial Revolution 6. The American Civil War 1861-1865 7. Moltke, Foch and Bloch 8. The Roots of Armageddon 9. The Conduct of World War I 10. Lenin and the Russian Revolution 11. Soviet Revolutionary Warfare 12. The Twenty Years Armistice 13. The Conduct of World War II 14. The Problem of Peace. Appendices.