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Author Handel, Michael I.

Title Masters of war : classical strategic thought / Michael I. Handel
Edition Second revised and expanded edition
Published London ; Portland, OR. : Frank Cass, 1996


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Description xviii, 321 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Strategy: Past Theories, Modern Practice -- 2. Comparing Sun Tzu and Clausewitz -- 3. Sun Tzu, Clausewitz and the Study of War -- 4. The Definition of War: A Question of the Level of Analysis -- 5. 'Attacking the Enemy's Plans' and the Concept of the 'Center of Gravity': Eastern Psychology and Western Mechanics -- 6. The Primacy of Politics and the Military Commander -- 7. The Rational Calculus of War: Correlating Ends and Means -- 8. The First Element of the Paradoxical Trinity: The People in Arms -- 9. The Ideal and the Real: Victory Without Bloodshed and the Search for the Decisive Battle -- 10. Numerical Superiority and Victory -- 11. The Principle of Continuity and the Culminating Point of Victory: The Contradictory Nature of War -- 12. Deception, Surprise and Intelligence -- 13. The Role of the Military Leader -- 14. The Temperament of the Military Leader -- 15. The Battle Environment and the Intuition of the Military Leader -- 16. Boldness and Calculation
17. Conclusions -- App. A. Contradiction and Paradox in the Theory of War -- App. B. The Weinberger Doctrine -- App. C. Clausewitz's Ideal-Type Method Applied to Sun-Tzu The Art of War -- App. D. The Problem of the Level of Analysis and the Tacticization of Strategy -- App. E. Machiavelli and Clausewitz on the Role of the People in War -- App. F. Clausewitz and the Principle of Concentration
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-303) and index
Subject Sunzi, active 6th century B.C. Sun-tzu ping fa
Clausewitz, Carl von, 1780-1831. Vom Kriege.
Jomini, Antoine Henri, baron de, 1779-1869. Précis de l'art de la guerre
Military art and science -- History.
LC no. 95021167
ISBN 0714642053 paperback