The Evolution of Strategic Thought

Classic Adelphi Papers

Edited by The International Institute for Strategic Studies

© 2008 – Routledge

698 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780415459617
pub: 2008-04-01
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About the Book

The Adelphi Papers monograph series is the International Institute for Strategic Studies' principal contribution to policy-relevant, original academic research. Collected on the occasion of the Institute's 50th anniversary, the twelve Adelphi Papers in this volume represent some of the finest examples of writing on strategic issues. They offer insights into the changing security landscape of the past half-century and glimpses of some of the most significant security events and trends of our times, from the Cold War nuclear arms race, through the oil crisis of 1973, to the contemporary challenge of asymmetric war in Iraq and Afghanistan.


'The Evolution of Strategic Thought is an excellent collection. It is recommended for all those with an interest in the development of Western strategic thought over the last half century.' - Comparative Strategy, Oct 2010, 29, p385

Table of Contents

Introduction Patrick M. Cronin 1. Evolution of NATO Alastair Buchan (Adelphi Paper 1, 1961) 2. Controlled Response and Strategic Warfare T.C. Schelling (Adelphi Paper 19, 1965) 3. The Control of Proliferation: Three Views Solly Zuckerman, Alva Myrdal and Lester B. Pearson (Adelphi Paper 29, 1966) 4. Israel and the Arab World: The Crisis of 1967 Michael Howard and Robert Hunter (Adelphi Paper 41, 1967) 5. The Asian Balance of Power: A Comparison with European Precedents Coral Bell (Adelphi Paper 44, 1968) 6. Change and Security in Europe Pierre Hassner (Adelphi Paper 49, 1968) 7. Urban Guerrilla Warfare Robert Moss (Adelphi Paper 79, 1971) 8. Oil and Influence: The Oil Weapon Examined Hanns Maull (Adelphi Paper 117, 1975) 9. The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: More May Be Better Kenneth N. Waltz (Adelphi Paper 171, 1981) 10. Intervention and Regional Security Neil Macfarlane (Adelphi Paper 196, 1985) 11. Humanitarian Action in War Adam Roberts (Adelphi Paper 305, 1996) 12. The Transformation of Strategic Affairs Lawrence Freedman (Adelphi Paper 379, 2006)

About the Series

Adelphi series

The Adelphi series is The International Institute for Strategic Studies' flagship contribution to policy-relevant, original academic research.

Eight books are published each year. They provide rigorous analysis of contemporary strategic and defence topics that is useful to politicians and diplomats, as well as academic researchers, foreign-affairs analysts, defence commentators and journalists.

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Subject Categories

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