The Pursuit of Victory: From Napoleon to Saddam Hussein

Paperback | March 12, 1998

byBrian Bond

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In Western Europe and North America the idea that war can deliberately be used as an `instrument of policy' has become unfashionable, not least because of the carnage of two World Wars and the Americans' humiliating experience in Vietnam. But wars are still fought. Those who start wars clearlybelieve they are worthwhile. Why? In this original and provocative study, Brian Bond discusses the successes and failures of military and political leaders in their pursuit of victory over the last two centuries. Professor Bond argues that in order to be counted victorious, a leader has to progress beyond military triumph to preserve the political control needed to secure an advantageous and enduring peace settlement. Napoleon was a brilliant general, but failed as a statesman. Bismarck, on the other hand,was a success in skilfully exploiting Moltke's victories on the battlefield to create a unified Germany. In the First World War, Germany and her allies were defeated but at such great cost that confidence in the idea that war could be controlled, and the pursuit of victory made rational, received aterrible shock. Germany and Japan exploited their military opportunites between 1939 and 1942, but lack of political control and moderation brought them catastrophic defeat. After 1945, nuclear weapons and the increased complexity of international relations blurred the identity of `victors' and`losers' and seemed to make the idea of a `decisive' victory almost unthinkable. But this study warns against the assumption that war as an instrument of policy has now been completely discarded. The Falklands and Gulf conflicts show that aggressors are still prepared to risk war for tangible goals,and that their opponents are quite capable of responding successfully to such challenges.

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In Western Europe and North America the idea that war can deliberately be used as an 'instrument of policy' has become unfashionable, not least because of the carnage of two World Wars and the Americans' humiliating experience in Vietnam. But wars are still fought. Those who start wars clearly believe they are worthwhile. Why? In this ...

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In Western Europe and North America the idea that war can deliberately be used as an `instrument of policy' has become unfashionable, not least because of the carnage of two World Wars and the Americans' humiliating experience in Vietnam. But wars are still fought. Those who start wars clearlybelieve they are worthwhile. Why? In this o...

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In Western Europe and North America the idea that war can deliberately be used as an 'instrument of policy' has become unfashionable, not least because of the carnage of two World Wars and the Americans' humiliating experience in Vietnam. But wars are still fought. Those who start wars clearly believe they are worthwhile. Why? In this ...

Brian Bond is a Professor of Military History at King's College, London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.98 × 6.06 × 0.63 inPublished:March 12, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Frederick the Great and the era of limited war2. Napoleon and the decisive battle3. The Napoleonic legacy: the influence of Jomini and Clausewitz4. Moltke and the wars of German unification5. The quest for victory in the Schlieffen era, 1890-19146. The pursuit of victory in the First World War and the aftermath7. The pursuit of victory in the Second World War8. The pursuit of victory in the nuclear ageConclusion

From Our Editors

In Western Europe and North America the idea that war can deliberately be used as an 'instrument of policy' has become unfashionable, not least because of the carnage of two World Wars and the Americans' humiliating experience in Vietnam. But wars are still fought. Those who start wars clearly believe they are worthwhile. Why? In this original and provocative study, Brian Bond discusses the successes and failures of military and political leaders in their pursuit of victory over the last two centuries. Professor Bond argues that in order to be counted victorious, a leader has to progress beyond military triumph to preserve the political control needed to secure an advantageous and enduring peace settlement. After 1945, nuclear weapons and the increased complexity of international relations blurred the identity of 'victors' and 'losers' and seemed to make the idea of a 'decisive' victory almost unthinkable. But this study warns against the assumption that war as an instrument of policy has now been completely discarded. The Falklands and Gulf conflicts show that ag

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`This is a thought-provoking book. As the various chapters are read, a coherent and persuasive argument emerges ... First, it is an extremely valuable overview of warfare since the mid-eighteenth century, essential to the reader who wishes to gain insights into how conflict has changed duringthat time. Second, it presents a well researched and resourced theme on the changing nature of 'victory', introducing the reader to complex arguments in a straightforward way. It is those arguments that make us think, and that should always be the aim of a scholarly work. When, in addition, the bookis well produced, with good illustrations and clear maps ... it is a work to be recommended to specialist and general readers alike.'John Pimlott, Dept of War Studies, RMA Sandhurst, Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2, June '97