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Masters of war : classical strategic thought / Michael I. Handel.

By: Handel, Michael I.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookCall no.: U27 .H36 1996Publication: London ; Portland, Or. : Frank Cass, 1996Edition: 2nd rev. and expanded ed.Description: xviii, 321 p. : ill. (some col.).ISBN: 0714646741; 9780714646749; 0714642053 (pbk.); 9780714642055 (pbk.).Subject(s): Sunzi, active 6th century B.C | Clausewitz, Carl von, 1780-1831 | Jomini, Antoine Henri, baron de, 1779-1869 | Military art and science -- History
Contents:
1. Strategy: Past Theories, Modern Practice -- 2. Comparing Sun Tzu and Clausewitz -- 3. Sun Tzu, Clausewitz and the Study of War -- 4. The Definition of War: A Question of the Level of Analysis -- 5. 'Attacking the Enemy's Plans' and the Concept of the 'Center of Gravity': Eastern Psychology and Western Mechanics -- 6. The Primacy of Politics and the Military Commander -- 7. The Rational Calculus of War: Correlating Ends and Means -- 8. The First Element of the Paradoxical Trinity: The People in Arms -- 9. The Ideal and the Real: Victory Without Bloodshed and the Search for the Decisive Batle -- 10. Numerical Superiority and Victory -- 11. The Principle of Continuity and the Culminating Point of Victory: The Contradictory Nature of War -- 12. Deception, Surprise and Intelligence -- 13. The Role of the Military Leader -- 14. The Temperament of the Military Leader -- 15. The Battle Environment and the Intuition of the Military Leader -- 16. Boldness and Calculation -- 17. Conclusions.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-303) and index.

1. Strategy: Past Theories, Modern Practice -- 2. Comparing Sun Tzu and Clausewitz -- 3. Sun Tzu, Clausewitz and the Study of War -- 4. The Definition of War: A Question of the Level of Analysis -- 5. 'Attacking the Enemy's Plans' and the Concept of the 'Center of Gravity': Eastern Psychology and Western Mechanics -- 6. The Primacy of Politics and the Military Commander -- 7. The Rational Calculus of War: Correlating Ends and Means -- 8. The First Element of the Paradoxical Trinity: The People in Arms -- 9. The Ideal and the Real: Victory Without Bloodshed and the Search for the Decisive Batle -- 10. Numerical Superiority and Victory -- 11. The Principle of Continuity and the Culminating Point of Victory: The Contradictory Nature of War -- 12. Deception, Surprise and Intelligence -- 13. The Role of the Military Leader -- 14. The Temperament of the Military Leader -- 15. The Battle Environment and the Intuition of the Military Leader -- 16. Boldness and Calculation -- 17. Conclusions.

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