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The savage struggle to take control of the North American wilderness during the epic Seven Years War (1756-­63) between France and England is a gripping tale. As the two European powers battled each other for global economic, political and military supremacy in what some have called the first world war, the brutal conflict took on a unique North American character, particularly in the role Native allies played on both sides. Formal European tactics and military protocols were out of place in the harsh, unforgiving forests of the New World. Cavalry, mass infantry columns, and volley fire proved less effective in the heavily wooded terrain of North America than it did in Europe. What mattered in the colonial hinterland of New France and the British American colonies was an ability to navigate, travel, and survive in the uncharted wilderness. Equally important was the capacity to strike at the enemy with surprise, speed, and violence. After all, the reward for victory was substantial . . .

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An eyewitness to most of the important battles of the Napoleonic Wars, Baron Antoine Henri de Jomini served with both the French and the Anglo-­Allied armies. His firsthand accounts of the conflicts are the most authoritative ever written, hailed by experts as both accurate and insightful. It endures as the definitive work on strategy and tactics and as a fundamental source of modern military thought. In fact, generals on both sides of the American Civil War were well schooled in The Art of War. Jomini approaches warfare from several directions, including strategy, tactics, logistics, engineering, and diplomacy. He examines each in turn, and he offers an analysis of strategic problems posed by a variety of theaters and terrains, the tactics of attack and defense, surprise maneuvers, special operations, the importance of reconnaissance, and the deployment of forces.­Few can match the breadth of advice offered by the man who was critical to the success of both Napoleon and Czar . . .

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The king of Prussia from 1740 to 1786, Frederick the Great ranks among eighteenth-­century Europe's most enlightened rulers. In addition to abolishing serfdom in his domains and promoting religious tolerance, he was an ardent patron of the arts and an accomplished musician. "Diplomacy without arms,­" he observed, "is like music without instruments.­" Frederick's expertise at military matters is reflected in his successful defense of his territory during the Seven Years' War, in which he fought all the great powers of Europe. His brilliant theories on strategy, tactics, and discipline are all explained in this vital text.­"War is not an affair of chance,­" Frederick asserted, adding that "a great deal of knowledge, study, and meditation is necessary to conduct it well.­" In this book, he presents the fundamentals of warfare, discussing such timeless considerations as leadership qualities, the value of surprise, and ways to conquer an enemy who possesses superior forces. The soundness of . . .

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The book interrogates the disciplinary biases and firewalls that inform mainstream international relations today, and problematises the several tropes that have come to typify the strategic histories of post-­colonial societies such as India. Questioning a range of long-­held cultural representations on India, the book challenges such portrayals and underscores the centrality of context and contingency in any cultural explanation of state behaviour. It argues for a historico-­cultural understanding of power and critiques IR's tendency to usher in a selective 'return of history'. Taking two contrasting case studies from medieval Indian history, the book assesses the success and failure of the grand strategy pursued by the Mughal empire under Akbar. The study emphasises his grand strategy of accommodation, defined by the interplay of critical variables such as distance and the vast military labour market. The book also looks at his conscious attempt to indigenise power by projecting . . .

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- Introduction by SAS and Gulf War hero Andy McNab DCM MM - The 1862 version of The Art of War - Translated from French by Capt GH Mendell and Lieut WP Craighill - Contains all of Jomini’s original maps and diagrams - Beautifully formatted in this Apostrophe Books edition Known as “the founder of modern strategy,­” Swiss military tactician Jomini put his considerable powers into a system to destroy the enemy in the most efficient manner. The result, The Art of War, quickly became a military sensation, with both sides in the US Civil War famously pitting his theories against one another. Jomini promoted the theory of going to war on the map, studying the entire theatre of conflict and concentrating your greatest firepower where it is needed most. “Military science rests upon principles which can never be safely violated in the presence of an active and skilful enemy,­” he wrote. Read Jomini’s renowned work in this beautifully-­produced Apostrophe Books edition with an introduction by . . .

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Pure Strategy is an inquiry into the fundamental truth of strategy; its purpose, place, utility, and value.

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This book analyses the American way of war within the context of Clausewitzian theory. In doing so, it draws conclusions about the origins, viability, and technical feasibility of America’s current strategic approach.

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This is an investigation of the role of the modern soldier/diplomat and the nature of military negotiation, in comparison with negotiation in other contexts. It is a detailed analysis of the role of the military in current operations as negotiators and liaison workers in the field. Very few in the academic world are writing on this specific role of the military and the nature of negotiation in this situation, and such a volatile context. This publication is a first in this context, and has a keen audience in light of the current world order. The book is breaking new ground in analyzing the nature of military negotiation in relation to more generic forms of negotiation, and assessing the role of the modern soldier/diplomat in recent deployments around the world. The author is an academic working within the military environment, very few people have the same capacity and accessibility to firsthand evidence and observation. Whilst peacekeeping has grown in the last decade or so, . . .

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Information Strategy and Warfare

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Part of the problem of dealing with terrorism is in its definition: it is often depicted as something new and totally alien, a phantom enemy that cannot be understood. But by employing a sophisticated analysis soundly based on an encyclopedic knowledge of military history, Donald J. Hanle shows that three major forms of terrorism--­Military, Revolutionary, and State-­Sponsored-- qualify as the newest forms of war. The author's in-­depth investigation reveals that these kinds of terrorists operate in the same basic manner as military forces employed in traditional warfare and have the same basic capabilities and weaknesses. He argues convincingly that countermeasures against these types of terrorist organizations should be based upon classical principles of war and combat, and suggests countervailing strategies. Terrorism: The Newest Face of Warfare is a starting point for a sensible and coherent counterterrorism strategy, one that enlists a valuable but heretofore neglected Western . . .

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