By Christopher Gravett
The conflict of Bosworth successfully positioned an finish to the dynastic fight often called the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485). Guiding the reader from the campaign’s origins to its aftermath, and masking the commanders and forces of King Richard III and Henry Tudor, it is a whole therapy of 1 of an important occasions in English heritage. Shakespeare used to be to immortalize the conflict and Richard’s demise in Richard III, and the existence and reign of the final Plantagenet have sparked centuries of dialogue. Christopher Gravett cuts via fantasy and propaganda as he truly info the process this pivotal campaign.
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Clausewitz's definition of strategy, that it was concerned with the use of the battle for the purposes of the war, that it was therefore about armies and how they were used, and that it was the business of generals rather than of politicians, was one with which they remained comfortable, as did most of the generals who fought in the First World War. Big battles, particularly on the western front, did not produce the outcomes that their scale portended. For the Reichstag committee of enquiry set up in Germany after its defeat, this was the message to be derived from On War, the need both to use war for the purposes of policy and to shape war to the dictates of policy.
So while there are compelling reasons for reassurance that the age of total war has passed, at a more micro level war remains persistent, and sometimes so embedded in particular social and political structures as to be depressingly durable—a werran of confusion and discord. But it's no use asking me for a final statement. As I say, I deal in tactics. 29) for every year of peace there have been four hundred years of war. London: Faber and Faber. New York: Houghton Mifflin. ‘Power Analysis and World Politics: New Trends Versus Old Tendencies’, World Politics, 31(2): 161–94.
Edward Luttwak, ‘Strategy: Fundamentals’, in Chambers, 1999: 684. , 2008: 2–10. ) Osgood, 1957. ) See the four case studies, Lincoln, Clemenceau, Churchill, and Ben-Gurion, in Cohen, 2002. ) Corbett, 1911: 5. ) Luttwak, 2009: 409. ) Gray, 1999: 1 (the original is in italics). Hew Strachan Hew Strachan is Chichele Professor of the History of War and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University. 0004 Abstract and Keywords The study of war history (which encompasses all aspects of wars, including political, economic, and cultural factors, and reaches beyond the more specific military history) is not just an academic field, it is a matter of importance for strategists and civilian and military leaders—provided they realize that history does not supply ‘lessons’, but an intellectual framework for understanding the relationship between different categories of events.