At its most basic, strategy is simply a matter of figuring out what we need to achieve, determining the best way to use the resources at our disposal to achieve it, then executing the plan. Unfortunately, in the practical world of politics and war, none of these things are easily done. Our goals are complex, sometimes contradictory, and many-sided. They often change in the middle of a war.
Resources Resources This is a compilation of readings and links I recommend in the study of strategy, warfare, and military history. Readings Theory Science, Strategy and War: Touted as the first postmodern military treatise, this book does not disappoint.
This book is about strategy but is so much more as Boyd was an avid reader of anything he could relate to strategy, which includes virtually every work of military history but also a lot of interesting science and psychology texts. This book is worth its expensive price tag and more.
The Indirect Approach by Basil Liddell Hart The famous author uses a general but selective survey of Western military history to argue in favour of the indirect approach to strategy.
Much of the narrative is refreshing in that it applies a new interpretation and analysis to campaigns and wars covered all too often.
On War by Carl von Clausewitz The classic work on war and politics. It was World War I generals who took Clausewitz at his word with disastrous results. I therefore strongly recommend you read other works which discuss Clausewitz in great depth such as the books by Frans Osinga and John A.
Lynn on this list. Burne A short yet interesting book on tactics and maneuver if you can get your hands on it. It is a dense, at times inaccessible text without the prerequisite knowledge, but I am sure with some helpful note can be of great use.
In this particular case, the author discusses war in a broad sense, including the war between ideas in a discursive sense. One of my favourite passages is about how when William the Conqueror invaded and conquered England, he insisted he not be referred to as the Conqueror because it would imply to the people that he conquered them and there would be unrest; the act of violence that led to this regime was essentially erased.
The author argues that all regimes of power are in fact built on violence, an argument difficult to dispute. The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene One of the most inspirational books for creating this website. The popular author shows how we can apply lessons from military history to our everyday lives and goals.
It is a very enjoyable and accessible read for any reader. History of the Art of War, 4 volumes by Hans Delbruck Classic series on military history written in The author makes some bold revisions to some campaigns and battles, based on his extensive knowledge and simple logic. I always consult his work for a distinct view different from typical accounts.
Military History of the Western World, 3 volumes by J. Fuller Probably the most famous series on military history of the West. Dupuy Probably the best encylopedia of military history out there. Chandler A perfect introductory book to military history.
It covers a good mix of the changes in warfare over the ages and universal tactics and maneuvers. The Lethal Custom by Gywnne Dyer An important book on warfare generally from a psychological-sociological-anthropological view. It dispels a number of myths about warfare, and provides some interesting facts many armchair generals may not have considered, such as the study that found only about a fifth of American riflemen were firing their weapons to kill during World War II firefights against the Germans.
This series also gains high marks for quantity of maps accompanying the narrative. Esposito and John R. Galvin A detailed atlas of American wars, and then another separate atlas for the American Civil War. Any reader can learn a lot from such an atlas. The author provides an excellent overview of a topic many Western readers may not know a lot about.
The book is organized chronologically and reads almost like an encyclopedia with some brief articles. Without this book I would have never found the gem that is the Battle of Tuyutithe Waterloo of Latin America, which I believe is one of my most interesting animations.
A Military History of the Ottomans: Erickson Interesting, concise book dispels a lot of Orientalist myths of Ottoman military history.
Seven Roads to Moscow by W. Jackson If you are very interested in Russia, this is an enjoyable look. The book explores every invasion of Russia from the Vikings to the Nazis, analyzing the common themes among them.
The reader will learn a lot about Russian geography from this one.the Limitations of Genius. Peter J. Dean BA(Hons) Dip Ed..
Napoleon was one of the greatest military minds in the history of warfare. He expanded the conquests of France from her revolutionary borders to that of an Empire that stretched from Spain to the steppes of Russia. Military history is a humanities discipline within the scope of general historical recording of armed conflict in the history of humanity, and its impact on the societies, their cultures, economies and changing local and international relationships..
Professional historians normally focus on military affairs that had a major impact on the societies involved as . This study originated as the original draft of Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication , Strategy ().
Although it was written under USMC auspices, there is nothing service-specific about it. Rather, it was designed to address the fundamental question, "What is the role of organized violence in the pursuit of political goals?".
French Revolution, political upheaval of world importance in France that began in Origins of the Revolution Historians disagree in evaluating the . Napoleon was born the same year the Republic of Genoa, a former commune of Italy, transferred Corsica to France.
The state sold sovereign rights a year before his birth in , and the island was conquered by France during the year of his birth and formally incorporated as a province in , after years under nominal Genoese rule and .
Napoleon played a major role in the history and development of the military art. But "Napoleon was no great innovator as a soldier. He distrusted novel ideas, disbanding the balloon companies inherited from the armies of the Revolution and rejecting Roger Fulton's offer of submarines and naval mines.