A History of Military Thought: From the Enlightenment to the Cold War

Front Cover
From the ideas of Clausewitz to contemporary doctrines of containment and cold war, this is a definitive history of modern military thought. A one-volume collection of Azar Gat's acclaimed trilogy, it traces the quest for a general theory of war from its origins in the Enlightenment. Drastically re-evaluating B.H. Liddell Hart's contribution to strategic theory, the author argues that in the wake of the trauma of the First World War, and in response to the Axis challenge, Liddell Hart developed the doctrine of containment and cold war long before the advent of nuclear weapons. He reveals Liddell Hart as a pioneer of the modern western liberal way in warfare which is still with us today.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Página 97
... the lack of ideological fervour, coupled with the Realpolitik, the restrictive social structure, and the professional armies of the ancien regime were ...
pag 198
lack of sufficient personal authority in the army itself, ... 

Contents

The Impact of ProtoScience on Military
15
Archduke Charles Jomini and
97
The German Movement Clausewitz and
139
Demolishing and Rebuilding the Theoretical
158
The Nature of War
201
Conclusion
253
Positivism Romanticism and Military Theory
292
Its WorldView
314
J F C Fuller and Future Warfare
531
The Sources of Douhetism
561
German RightWing Radicalism Strategic Adventurism
598
American Progressivism
622
Marxist Modernism
632
Conclusion
640
Introduction
645
Limited War Moderate Peace and the Strategy
664

The Sources of French
382
Naval Theory and the Military
441
Marxism Clausewitz and Military Theory 1848 to
494
Conclusion
515
The Janus Face of Fascism
521
Defence of the West 1 Containment in the 1930s
696
Defence of the West II Hot WarCold War
784
The Western Way in Warfare Past and Future
824
Index
879
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Azar Gat is a Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University.

Bibliographic information