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The Practice of Strategy: From Alexander the Great to the Present

John Andreas Olsen and Colin S. Gray


This book focuses on grand strategy and military strategy as practised over an extended period of time and under very different circumstances, from the campaigns of Alexander the Great to insurgencies and counter‐insurgencies in present‐day Afghanistan and Iraq. It presents strategy as it pertained not only to wars, campaigns, and battles but also to times of peace that were overshadowed by the threat of war. The book is intended to deepen understanding of the phenomena and logic of strategy by reconstructing the considerations and factors that shaped imperial and nation‐state policies. Throug ... More

Keywords: grand strategy, military strategy, strategy, history, military history, armed conflict, war, campaigns, strategic theory, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199608638
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Andreas Olsen, editor
Deputy Commander NATO HQ, Sarajevo

Colin S. Gray, editor
Professor of International Politics and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading, UK

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