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"A tour de force. Compels the reader to rethink long-cherished notions about the 'German way of war.'"--Holger Herwig, author of The Outbreak of World War I

"Demolishes the conventional view that Germany's and Europe's soldiers of the period willfully and culpably ignored material and intellectual developments in the craft of war."--Dennis Showalter, author of Tannenberg: Clash of Empires

"A major addition to the history of military theory and doctrine in the twentieth century and a must read for those interested in German history, World War I, and military thought."--James Corum, author of The Roots of Blitzkrieg and The Luftwaffe

"An indispensable work, not only for experts on the Prussian-German army, but also for scholars working in the general field of military affairs."--Arden Bucholz, author of Moltke and the German Wars, 1864-1871

About the Author

Lieutenant Colonel Antulio J. Echevarria II is director of national security studies at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Military History, War in History, War & Society, Parameters, Joint Force Quarterly, Military Review, and Airpower Journal.
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Product Details

  • Series: Modern War Studies (Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (March 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700610715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700610716
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a text of the Modern War Studies by the University Press of Kansas already indicates this is a great book. Actually, I bought it for that reason and because the subject attracts my attention. After reading it, I can only say this book is fantastic. After Prussian defeat at Jena in 1806 on the hands of Napoleon, it took several years for the German peoples to again have a respectfull army. This books deals with this process. This book reveals why the Germans succeded on creating a new and powerfull army, while its neighbors (France and Russia, although Great Britain is also treated) decreased in power. The creation of a High Command and a General Staff are decisive factors on such evolution. Wargaming, modernization (this means, using all technological advantages on railroads, rifle making, artillery and machine guns, while demobilizing or transforming cavalry units) and professionalization (with always increasing quality levels of the reserve units) are the keys of German capability shown against Denmark (1864), Austria (1866) and France (1870). One thing I really liked of this book is the extraordinary quantity and quality of the research sources (actually, thanks to this book I've been able to get some other texts on the subject), many of which are not in English. An extraordinary work.
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This Book explains and compares the theories of Germany's military writers before the First World War. Dr. Echevarria dispels myths and provides fresh and clear insight of the historical understanding and the idea's and theories that were debated.

This book is a must read for any serious student of Military History and Military Studies. Dr. Echevarria's exploration of the "tactical crisis", "initial solutions" through the "struggle for resolution" to "tactical synthesis" culminating in the present is a brilliant tour de force. This book will also help provide some clarity in understanding the American amalgamation of doctrine and warfighting.

Dr. Terry Tucker, Adjunct Prof Military Studies/Military Science and Doctrine Developer for the Afghan National Army
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LTC Echevarria provides some great insight for the period after Clausewitz and before WWI. He breaks the book down into three perspectives, infantry, artillery, and cavalry, and then follows them thru chronologically.
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Antulio Echevarria, After Clausewitz; German Military Thinkers Before the Great War (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2000). A wide ranging but densely packed analysis of German military thinkers in the 19th century. The author believes it wasn’t that they underestimated the technological changes as much as the German military thinkers underestimated the ability of other European nations to copy them from the earlier Prussian successes against the Austrians and the French. They also failed to see how difficult it was to command large numbers of troops with all their added firepower over time. Echevarria argues that it was junior officers during early World War I who vaunted “the spirit of the offensive” not their senior counterparts who paid more attention to the realities captured by Clausewitz.
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