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Makers of modern strategy: from Machiavelli to the nuclear by Peter Paret

By Peter Paret

The essays during this quantity learn battle, its strategic characterisitics and its political and social capabilities, over the last 5 centuries. the range of its subject matters and the extensive views utilized to them make the e-book a piece of common historical past up to a historical past of the speculation and perform of struggle from the Renaissance to the current. Makers of recent process from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age takes the 1st a part of its name from an prior number of essays, released via Princeton college Press in 1943, which grew to become a vintage of old scholarship. 3 essays are repinted from the sooner booklet; 4 others were widely revised. The rest--twenty-two essays--are new.The topics addressed diversity from significant theorists and political and army leaders to impersonal forces. Machiavelli, Clausewitz, and Marx and Engels are mentioned, as are Napoleon, Churchill, and Mao. different essays hint the interplay of thought and adventure over generations--the evolution of yankee procedure, for example, or the emergence of progressive warfare within the sleek international. nonetheless others study the method of specific conflicts--the First and moment global Wars--or the connection among expertise, coverage, and struggle within the nuclear age. no matter what its subject matter, every one essay areas the specifics of army suggestion and motion of their political, social, and fiscal atmosphere. jointly the members have produced a publication that reinterprets and illuminates battle, the most robust forces in historical past and one who can't be managed sooner or later with no an knowing of its earlier.

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Mach­ iavelli's Contribution to a Renaissance Debate" in J. R. Hale, Renaissance War Studies (London, 1983), 1 89-209. ,. The Prince, ch. 12. " Discorsi, III, 3 r . ,. See Sergio Bertelli and Piero Innocenti, Bib/iografia Machiavelliana (Verona, 1979). " Montaigne, Essais, bk. 2, ch. " '" Francesco Algarotti, lettres 8 and 9 of his work Scienza mi/itare del Segretario Fio­ rentino, in F. Algarotti, Opere, val. 5 (Venice, 1 791). ,. , Thomas Jefferson's library. •o The Art of War in Seven Books Written by Nicholas Machiavel .

Only rulers of larger territories could afford an army, and with its help force the estates or their smaller neigh­ bors under their control. �was dependent upon the other. But Machiavelli�s.. , the technical-military sphere. If his view of the exemplary character of the Roman military organization might have misled him in underesti­ mating the impact of new weapons and of the economy on military developments, his admiration for Rome was crucial in opening his eyes to the role of war in modern times.

At Tournhout the cavalry drove the Spanish horse off the field and then shattered the infantry; at Nieupoort the Dutch mounted charge first defeated the ene'• Hahlweg, Heeresreform, 6r - 68, 70-78. The choric countermarch is described by James Turner, Pallas Armate: Military Essayes of the Ancient Grecian, Roman, and Modern Art of War (London, r 6 8 3 ; repr. New York, 1968), 9-r r . J O Ten Raa and d e Bas, Staatsche Leger, 2 : 3 3 2-3 5 ; Wijn, Krijgswezen, 3 2-33. '' Wijn, Krijgswesen, 3 2-33.

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