Fields of Battle: Terrain in Military History

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P. Doyle, Matthew Bennett
Springer Netherlands, Mar 31, 2002 - Science - 390 pages
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Terrain has a profound effect upon the strategy and tactics of any military engagement and has consequently played an important role in determining history. In addition, the landscapes of battle, and the geology which underlies them, has helped shape the cultural iconography of battle certainly within the 20th century. In the last few years this has become a fertile topic of scientific and historical exploration and has given rise to a number of conferences and books. The current volume stems from the international Terrain in Military History conference held in association with the Imperial War Museum, London and the Royal Engineers Museum, Chatham, at the University of Greenwich in January 2000. This conference brought together historians, geologists, military enthusiasts and terrain analysts from military, academic and amateur backgrounds with the aim of exploring the application of modem tools of landscape visualisation to understanding historical battlefields. This theme was the subject of a Leverhulme Trust grant (F/345/E) awarded to the University of Greenwich and administered by us in 1998, which aimed to use the tools of modem landscape visualisation in understanding the influence of terrain in the First World War. This volume forms part of the output from this grant and is part of our wider exploration of the role of terrain in military history. Many individuals contributed to the organisation of the original conference and to the production of this volume.

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Peter Doyle is internationally recognised for his teaching and research on marketing and business strategy. He is Professor of Marketing and Strategic Management at the University of Warwick Business School. Previously he has held positions at the London Business School, INSEAD, Bradford and Stanford Universities.
He is the author of numerous papers which have appeared in most of the world's top journals including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science and the Economic Journal. His other recent books are Marketing Management and Strategy and Innovation in Marketing.
He has acted as a consultant to many of the most famous international companies including Coca-Cola, IBM, Nestle, Cadbury-Schweppes, British Airways, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Shell, BP Amoco, AstraZeneca, Novartis, 3M, Saatchi & Saatchi and Wal-Mart. He has also advised such professional bodies as Britain's Cabinet Office, The Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Directors, the CBI, the Pacific-Asian Management Institute and the Singapore Department of Trade.
Peter Doyle has run executive programmes for senior managers thorhgout Europe, the United States, South America, Australia and the Far East. He has been voted 'Outstanding Teacher' on numerous university and corporate courses. He has a First Class Honours degree from the University of Manchester and an MBA and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. His research has twice led him to tbe awarded the President's Medal of the Operational Research Society and the Best paper Award of the American Marketing Association.

Bennett, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Greenwich, UK.

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