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The Resource The allure of battle : a history of how wars have been won and lost, Cathal J. Nolan

The allure of battle : a history of how wars have been won and lost, Cathal J. Nolan

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The allure of battle : a history of how wars have been won and lost
Title
The allure of battle
Title remainder
a history of how wars have been won and lost
Statement of responsibility
Cathal J. Nolan
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"History has tended to measure war's winners and losers in terms of its major engagements, battles in which the result was so clear-cut that they could be considered "decisive." Cannae, Konigsberg, Austerlitz, Midway, Agincourt-all resonate in the literature of war and in our imaginations as tide-turning. But these legendary battles may or may not have determined the final outcome of the wars in which they were fought. Nor has the "genius" of the so-called Great Captains--from Alexander the Great to Frederick the Great and Napoleon--played a major role. Wars are decided in other ways. Cathal J. Nolan's The Allure of Battle systematically and engrossingly examines the great battles, tracing what he calls "short-war thinking," the hope that victory might be swift and wars brief. As he proves persuasively, however, such has almost never been the case. Even the major engagements have mainly contributed to victory or defeat by accelerating the erosion of the other side's defences. Massive conflicts, the so-called "people's wars," beginning with Napoleon and continuing until 1945, have consisted of and been determined by prolonged stalemate and attrition, industrial wars in which the determining factor has been not military but matériel. Nolan's masterful book places battles squarely and mercilessly within the context of the wider conflict in which they took place. In the process it help corrects a distorted view of battle's role in war, replacing popular images of the "battles of annihilation" with somber appreciation of the commitments and human sacrifices made throughout centuries of war particularly among the Great Powers. Accessible, provocative, exhaustive, and illuminating, The Allure of Battle will spark fresh debate about the history and conduct of warfare."--Provided by publisher
Summary
Cathal Nolan's The Allure of Battle shows that while wars have shaped the history of the modern world, their outcomes are decided by many other factors. The book argues that major battles are not decisive to the outcome of wars; rather, wars depend on longer-term attrition in which the side that wins gradually and remorselessly overwhelms the other with larger arsenals and greater reserves of manpower
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10556567
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DLC
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Nolan, Cathal J
Dewey number
355.409
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Battles
  • Military history
  • Battles
  • Military history
Target audience
adult
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a history of how wars have been won and lost
Label
The allure of battle : a history of how wars have been won and lost, Cathal J. Nolan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Battle in history -- Battle retarded -- Battle remembered -- Battle reformed -- Battle with reason -- Battle restored -- Battle decisive -- Battle defeated -- Battle exalted -- Battle of annihilation -- Annihilation of battle -- Annihilation of strategy -- Annihilation of nations -- Annihilation of mercy -- Annihilation at sea -- Annihilation of illusions -- Conclusions
Control code
1738776
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 709 pages
Isbn
9780195383782
Lccn
2016016391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195383782
  • (OCoLC)946610689
Label
The allure of battle : a history of how wars have been won and lost, Cathal J. Nolan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Battle in history -- Battle retarded -- Battle remembered -- Battle reformed -- Battle with reason -- Battle restored -- Battle decisive -- Battle defeated -- Battle exalted -- Battle of annihilation -- Annihilation of battle -- Annihilation of strategy -- Annihilation of nations -- Annihilation of mercy -- Annihilation at sea -- Annihilation of illusions -- Conclusions
Control code
1738776
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 709 pages
Isbn
9780195383782
Lccn
2016016391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195383782
  • (OCoLC)946610689

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