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The Evolution of Operational Art: From Napoleon to the Present

John Andreas Olsen and Martin van Creveld


Broadly defined as the grey area between strategy and tactics, operational art spans the theory and practice of planning and conducting campaigns and major operations aimed at accomplishing strategic and operational objectives in a given theatre of operations. An intermediate link between strategy and tactics has always existed, but a distinct concept that encompasses a systematic and deliberate plan of campaign for major operations is a mere two hundred years old. Based on country‐specific case studies, this book describes how the concepts that underpin operational art originated, how they re ... More

Keywords: operational art, operational warfare, operations, strategy, tactics, war, campaigns, military theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199599486
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Andreas Olsen, editor
Chief NATO Advisory Team and Deputy Commander, NATO HQ Sarajevo, and Dean of the Norwegian Defence University College

Martin van Creveld, editor
Emeritus Professor of History, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

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