Alexander the Great: Lessons in Strategy

By David J. Lonsdale

© 2007 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

This book offers a strategic analysis of one of the most outstanding military careers in history, identifying the most pertinent strategic lessons from the campaigns of Alexander the Great.

David Lonsdale argues that since the core principles of strategy are eternal, the study and analysis of historical examples have value to the modern theorist and practitioner. Furthermore, as strategy is so complex and challenging, the remarkable career of Alexander provides the ideal opportunity to understand best practice in strategy, as he achieved outstanding and continuous success across the spectrum of warfare, in a variety of circumstances and environments. This book presents the thirteen most pertinent lessons that can be learned from his campaigns, dividing them into three categories: grand strategy, military operations, and use of force. Each of these categories provides lessons pertinent to the modern strategic environment. Ultimately, however, the book argues that the dominant factor in his success was Alexander himself, and that it was his own characteristics as a strategist that allowed him to overcome the complexities of strategy and achieve his expansive goals.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Art of Strategy 2. Ancient Greek Warfare 3. Lessons in Strategy 1:Grand Strategy 4. Lessons in Strategy 2:Military Operations 5. Lessons in Strategy 3:Use of Force. Conclusion: Lessons in Strategy. References

About the Author

David J. Lonsdale is Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Hull.

About the Series

Strategy and History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HIS002010
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General