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  • Paperback: 952 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (30 Oct. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198200978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198200970
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 5.4 x 23.4 cm
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'Professor Paret's volume has equalled - if not surpassed - the standards set by the first edition...a major work of collaborative scholarship. Reading it is an intellectually in invigorating experience.' History

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Carl Von Clausewitz defined strategy as the use of combat, or the threat of combat, for the purpose of the war in which it takes place. This formulation, which a modern historian has characterized as both revolutionary and defiantly simplistic, can be amended or expanded without difficulty. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Edited by Peter Paret, co-author of the definitive translation of Carl von Clausewitz's "On War", Makers of Modern Strategy is a tour de force of strategic military thinking throughout history. Encompassing many of the great strategic thinkers of history, the book progresses in a series of well-written articles taking an historical thinker or idea as its subject. Contributors include many prestigious and respected individuals in the fields of academia and policy-making. Michael Howard, Condoleezza Rice and Lawrence Freedman are only three big names among many adding their thoughts and knowledge to this highly informative and comprehensive work. Definitely an essential read for anyone seriously interested in the history of military thought.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 43 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 16 Jun. 2016
By Lee Crosby - Published on Amazon.com
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Great read for military history and strategy.
48 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Newer is Not Necessarily Better 18 July 2000
By Kevin F. Kiley - Published on Amazon.com
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This second version of the book is disappointing. I would have thought that it being edited by an historian as good as Peter Paret would have improved on the original, which was edited by Robert Earle. However, it is weaker both in scholarship and accuracy, especially John Shy's essay on Jomini. Old myths are resurrected about the Swiss renegade whose own works are generally historically inaccurate.

Many of the older, more professional, historians, who are unfortunately no longer with us were much more careful in their research and writing, hunting down sources that newer historians either refuse to look for or refuse to use. they also were more blunt, calling a spade a spade, and weren't worried about offending people or in 'revisionist' (read inaccurate) history. Political correctness was unknown to these stalwarts.

Books of this type are highly useful. If you are looking for this particular volume, get the first version edited by Earle, even if you have to go looking in second hand book stores or on the internet in used book services. I did, and it is well worth the effort.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Resource 25 Jan. 2013
By J. D. - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book as it was required for USMC Command and Staff Course, but it is a good resource for anyone who wants a selection of articles and pieces from a wide range of time periods who has an interest in military strategy. The book is divided into eras and within each era there are a number of articles. As a result, it is fairly easy to find what you want without a huge hassle. It doesn't go into extreme detail on any one topic or era, but is a great resource for a general overview and enough of an understanding that you feel pretty good about the topic.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makers of Modern Strategy 22 Sept. 2005
By Elijah Chingosho - Published on Amazon.com
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"Makers of Modern Strategy" is a scholarly collection of high quality papers on strategy since Machiavelli to the present nuclear age. The beauty of the book is that one can focus on the era that one is interested in. There is no need to read the book cover to cover as the various essays are stand alone although they are presented sequentially and related papers are adjacent to each other. I have read and re-read some of the papers. The book is about strategy and the realities of war. The essays are clearly balanced and not biased. The phenomenon of war was clearly explained from the studies of past wars. It is clear that war has been a fundamental reality of social and political existence from an early stage of political organisation to the present times. The tragic aspects of war and the intellectual and emotional disturbances it creates could be discerned from the essays.

The book is divided into the following five parts:

Part One: The Origins of Modern War.

Part Two: The Expansion of war

Part Three: From the Industrial Revolution to the First World War.

Part Four: From the First to the Second World War.

Part Five: Since 1945.

The eminent contributors include Peter Paret, Felix Gilbert, John Shy, Gordon A. Craig, Maurice Matloff, Condoleezza Rice, Lawrence Freadman, Michael Carver and D. Clayton James. Their essays showed the role of force in the relations between states. It is now very clear to me that war has always been a compound of many elements ranging from politics to technology, to human emotions under extreme stress. Strategy is one of the critical elements of war.

The various essays trace the ideas and actions of past generations, as they used war to achieve their national goals, an analysis of military thought and policy in the recent past and present

My favourite part is Part Two. Here three great historical figures are highlighted namely Napoleon, Jomini and Clausewitz. I can now see the genius of Napoleon as one of the greatest soldiers in history in its proper strategic context. I think history need to rescue Jomini from the obscurity he is now relegated since it is largely him who has clearly related the greatness of Napoleon and the attempt to reduce war to some sort of science.

Makers of Modern Strategy add immense value to any study of warfare and strategy. I recommend it to Army Staff Colleges and those studying military history at postgraduate level.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still, this is a good book..... 11 Aug. 2000
By JM Showalter - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I agree with the reviewer preceeding me that this might not be as strong of a book as was the masterpiece which preceeded it (by Earle), it is still a strong book and does (generally) what it sets out to do: to provide an accounting of major developments in military thought (i.e. western military thought) from the Renassance to the modern age.
As a text or as a reference, this is still a powerful and useful book. Each of the chapters discusses a major figure's thought in a fashion that can be dealt with easily in a sitting: for those people who don't want to sit and sort through Jomini (though everyone reading this should sit down with Clausewitz! ) or Douhet, to see their rights and wrongs....
I like this book. I bought my copy for $8.00 in NYC and have had it with me through a number of moves since....
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