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Strategy in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Strategic Studies 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0199548873
ISBN-10: 0199548870
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The co-editors of Strategy in the Contemporary World, have done it again. As outstanding as their last edition was, the new and improved 3rd edition is even better! The leading textbook on strategic studies is now in a class of its own. It is the gold standard by which all other texts on the subject must now be measured. Rob Huebert, University of Calgary, Canada Building on its established strenghts, this new edition is a comprehensive update on the rapidly evolving world of international affairs. Gathering an impressive list of contributors from the leading edge of their respective fields and a clear, rigorous, and accessible style, this is unquestionably one of the best resources for students working in the areas of strategy, security, and war studies. Stephen McVeigh, University of Wales, Swansea This is now "the" definitive textbook on the subject, and a must-read for students studying strategic studies, security studies, or international relations. It improves on the 2nd edition with insightful chapters on intelligence, practitioner use of strategy, and the critiques that have been made of both strategic and security studies. Robert Dover, Loughborough University This work is a great survey of, and introduction to, the field of strategic studies. It should be required reading for students of international relations and security studies. Mark Clark, California State University, San Bernardino An excellent resource that successfully captures both the enduring and comtemporary challenges of studying strategy in the post 9/11 world. All the topics are presented in a highly accessible form that gets directly to the core issues involved, making it a "must buy" book. Kevin Wright, University of Essex The new edition provides a timely and important collection of interdisciplinary perspectives on the enduring features of war and strategy, as well as the contemporary and future aspects of each. Expert contributions provide important and original insights into the challenges of past and future decision making in war, intelligence, and the policy making process, among other issues. Teachers and students will find this an indispensable reference and a flexible and useful instrument for instruction. Stephen Cimbala, Penn State University

About the Author

Professor John Baylis is Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations and a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Swansea University. Professor Colin S. Gray is Professor of International Politics and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading. Professor James J. Wirtz is Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199548870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199548873
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This introductory textbook of strategic studies covers four main themes: the enduring issues of strategy, the evolution of joint warfare, twentieth-century theories, and contemporary issues of grand strategy. The book is written from the perspective of `Western security interests', but even so, studying strategy helps us to think clearly about the ways in which states and others use organised force for political ends.
The writers all refute technological determinism: new weapons - artillery in World War One, tanks in World War Two, guided missiles in the Arab-Israeli war of 1973, precision bombing and superior ground force technology in the Gulf War - were none of them unbeatable. They show that the basic principles of conducting land warfare have hardly changed in the last hundred years. Armies need to combine their arms, defend in depth, keep large reserves, use cover and concealment, and integrate movement and suppressive fire. In particular, Stephen Biddle shows that, contrary to many claims, the USAF air war in the Gulf did not destroy all the Iraqi armour. Possibly 4,100 armoured vehicles later fought the US ground forces, but they did not fight according to the basic principles, so they were beaten.
However, the editors err in dividing what they call `20th-century theories' - deterrence, arms control, terrorism and `irregular warfare' (national liberation struggles) - from the `contemporary issues' of technology, weapons of mass destruction, and humanitarian intervention. These are all still live issues. Further, the editors could have presented them in the livelier form of debates.
As with any collection of pieces by many hands, the quality is uneven, but generally the better essays are more grounded in the realities of 20th-century military history.
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The book is written very well, the organization is easy to follow. For a class textbook this read is pretty interesting.
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Exactly the book I needed at a give away price. Shipping was timely and I won't hesitate to order through the same company.
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I read this book as part of my Army War College studies and highly recommend it. a good read!
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