♥ Book Title : Makers of Ancient Strategy
☯ Full Synopsis : "In this prequel to the now-classic Makers of Modern Strategy, Victor Davis Hanson, a leading scholar of ancient military history, gathers prominent thinkers to explore key facets of warfare, strategy, and foreign policy in the Greco-Roman world. From the Persian Wars to the final defense of the Roman Empire, Makers of Ancient Strategy demonstrates that the military thinking and policies of the ancient Greeks and Romans remain surprisingly relevant for understanding conflict in the modern world. The book reveals that much of the organized violence witnessed today--such as counterterrorism, urban fighting, insurgencies, preemptive war, and ethnic cleansing--has ample precedent in the classical era. The book examines the preemption and unilateralism used to instill democracy during Epaminondas's great invasion of the Peloponnesus in 369 BC, as well as the counterinsurgency and terrorism that characterized Rome's battles with insurgents such as Spartacus, Mithridates, and the Cilician pirates. The collection looks at the urban warfare that became increasingly common as more battles were fought within city walls, and follows the careful tactical strategies of statesmen as diverse as Pericles, Demosthenes, Alexander, Pyrrhus, Caesar, and Augustus. Makers of Ancient Strategy shows how Greco-Roman history sheds light on wars of every age. In addition to the editor, the contributors are David L. Berkey, Adrian Goldsworthy, Peter J. Heather, Tom Holland, Donald Kagan, John W. I. Lee, Susan Mattern, Barry Strauss, and Ian Worthington."Article| Victor Davis Hanson| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Norse Warfare
☯ Full Synopsis : "In this thorough and evocative analysis, Martina Sprague tackles the myth of the Vikings, their unconventional battle tactics, cunning strategies, and bold use of any means at their disposal. From the innovative shipbuilding methods that produced flexible hulls and the ability to glide silently into shallow water, to Asatro, the polytheistic religion that honored the god of war, Sprague casts a fresh light and a scholarly eye on these fiercely independent people."Article| Martina Sprague| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Art of War
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Art of War is the earliest known treatise on war and military strategy in the world. It is a systematic guide to strategy and tactics for common men, business leaders, rulers and commanders. It is regarded as one of the most influential philosophical works of Ancient China. Sun Tzu's teachings are brief yet elegant, simple yet philosophical and exceedingly pragmatic. The book has recently been endlessly reinterpreted, reinvented, and imitated. Sun Tzu was a Chinese military strategist, Taoist philosopher and general in the 6th century BCE. His insistence on the close relationship between political considerations and military policy greatly influenced many modern leaders and strategists, including Henry Kissinger. This deluxe edition covers The Art of War in three parts. Part 1 presents the best selling and most authentic translation of Sun Tzu so far, the translation of Lionel Giles. Part 2 includes an extensive introduction to the book written by Giles which focuses, among others, on the historical context of Sun Tzu's text, Sun Tzu's life and work, contemporary scholarship on Sun Tzu, and Sun Tzu's thoughts on war and violence. Part 3 includes summaries of all 13 chapters of the book, a brief history of ancient Chinese military before and after Sun Tzu, review questions for learners, a recommended bibliography of modern critical appreciations for further reading."Article| Sun-tzu| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Military Strategy Classics of Ancient China - English & Chinese
☯ Full Synopsis : "Military Strategy Classics of Ancient China presents modern translations of eight of the most important and relevant military texts from antiquity, which have gained new prominence among Western students of Eastern military strategy and philosophy. These texts provide background for a wide range of disciplines, including: history, linguistics, wuxia, martial arts, business and trial strategy. Contents include: The Six Secret Teachings – Jiang Ziya The Art of War – Sun Tzu Methods of War – Sima Rangju The Book of Wuzi – Wu Qi The Book of Wei Liaozi – Wei Liao The Three Strategies of Huang Shigong The Thirty Six Stratagems Questions and Replies: Tang Taizong and Li Jing"Article| Shawn Conners| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Hybrid Warfare
☯ Full Synopsis : "Hybrid warfare has been an integral part of the historical landscape since the ancient world, but only recently have analysts - incorrectly - categorised these conflicts as unique. Great powers throughout history have confronted opponents who used a combination of regular and irregular forces to negate the advantage of the great powers' superior conventional military strength. As this study shows, hybrid wars are labour-intensive and long-term affairs; they are difficult struggles that defy the domestic logic of opinion polls and election cycles. Hybrid wars are also the most likely conflicts of the twenty-first century, as competitors use hybrid forces to wear down America's military capabilities in extended campaigns of exhaustion. Nine historical examples of hybrid warfare, from ancient Rome to the modern world, provide readers with context by clarifying the various aspects of conflicts and examining how great powers have dealt with them in the past."Article| Williamson Murray| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Warfare in the Ancient World
☯ Full Synopsis : "Warfare in the Ancient World explores how civilizations and cultures made war on the battlefields of the Near East and Europe between the rise of civilization in Mesopotamia in the late fourth millenium BC and the fall of Rome. Through a exploration of twenty-six selected battles, military historian Brian Todd Carey surveys the changing tactical relationships between the four weapon systems - heavy and light infantry and hevay and light cavalry - focusing on how shock and missile combat evolved from tentative beginnings in the Bronze Age to the highly developed military organization created by the Romans. The art of warfare reached a very sophisticated level of development during this three millenia span. Commanders fully realized the tactical capabilities of shock and missile combat in large battlefield situations. Modern principles of war, like the primacy of the offensive, mass, and economy of force, were understood by pre-modern generals and applied on battlefields throughout the period. Through the use of dozens of multiphase tactical maps, this fascinating introduction to the art of war during western civilizationÕs ancient and classical periods pulls together the primary and secondary sources and creates a powerful historical narrative. The result is a synthetic work that will be essential reading for students and armchair historians alike."Article| Brian Todd Carey| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China
☯ Full Synopsis : "This translation originally published: Boulder, Colo.: Westview, 1993."Article| Ralph D. Sawyer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Strategy
☯ Full Synopsis : "Selected as a Financial Times Best Book of 2013 In Strategy: A History, Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives. The range of Freedman's narrative is extraordinary, moving from the surprisingly advanced strategy practiced in primate groups, to the opposing strategies of Achilles and Odysseus in The Iliad, the strategic advice of Sun Tzu and Machiavelli, the great military innovations of Baron Henri de Jomini and Carl von Clausewitz, the grounding of revolutionary strategy in class struggles by Marx, the insights into corporate strategy found in Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan, and the contributions of the leading social scientists working on strategy today. The core issue at the heart of strategy, the author notes, is whether it is possible to manipulate and shape our environment rather than simply become the victim of forces beyond one's control. Time and again, Freedman demonstrates that the inherent unpredictability of this environment-subject to chance events, the efforts of opponents, the missteps of friends-provides strategy with its challenge and its drama. Armies or corporations or nations rarely move from one predictable state of affairs to another, but instead feel their way through a series of states, each one not quite what was anticipated, requiring a reappraisal of the original strategy, including its ultimate objective. Thus the picture of strategy that emerges in this book is one that is fluid and flexible, governed by the starting point, not the end point. A brilliant overview of the most prominent strategic theories in history, from David's use of deception against Goliath, to the modern use of game theory in economics, this masterful volume sums up a lifetime of reflection on strategy."Article| Lawrence Freedman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World (3000 B.C. to 500 A.D.)
☯ Full Synopsis : "Discusses the components of ancient armies, including the personnel and equipment, as well as the battle tactics and strategies, lines of communication between commanders and troops, and special techniques of siege and naval warfare."Article| Simon Anglim| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire
☯ Full Synopsis : "In this book, the distinguished writer Edward Luttwak presents the grand strategy of the eastern Roman empire we know as Byzantine, which lasted more than twice as long as the more familiar western Roman empire. The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire is a broad, interpretive account of Byzantine strategy, intelligence, and diplomacy over the course of eight centuries that will appeal to scholars, classicists, military history buffs, and professional soldiers."Article| Edward Luttwak| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : San Shi Liu Ji
☯ Full Synopsis : "One of the most diverse yet accessible collections of Chinese strategies. Verstappen has unearthed sources from Lao Zi to Miyamoto Musashi in an impressive selection of historical and anecdotal evidence supporting the original Thirty-Six Strategies, one of the most influential works of East Asian philosophy. Includes illustrations and a bibliography."Article| Stefan H. Verstappen| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The 36 Ancient Chinese Strategies for Modern Business
☯ Full Synopsis : "Are you feeling stuck in your own conventional paradigm, unable to see through the filters of the way things are done ? Has your business exhausted all the workable tactics you can think of? Business is war. Complied during the most turbulent era of China's history time, the thirty-six ancient strategies convey tactics on how to navigate and triumph in ever-changing situations. And even though they have been around for over 2,500 years, these strategies continue to be applied with great success in business, politics, and international diplomacy today. In this book, every strategy has a brief Chinese historical anecdote. Pertinent modern business cases of effective individuals, corporations, startups, and even mom-and-pop businesses follow, with concrete application tools laid out. The discussion of each stratagem ends with questions to reflect on so that you can implement the stratagem most appropriately in your own business situation. The timeless wisdom in this book will help you free your creative thinking and outsmart the competition. It will help you do these things and more: Discover unconventional strategies and tactics, and adapt them for your business success. Implement specific strategies to free your thinking and gain the competitive edge. Stretch your current thinking to find new solutions to complex, fast-breaking situations. Unlock the Asian mind to discover the wisdom of the East."Article| Lan Bercu| Statement ..."