The second edition of Strategic Studies: A Reader brings together key essays on strategic theory by some of the leading contributors to the field. This revised volume contains several new essays and updated introductions to each section.

The volume comprises hard-to-find classics in the field as well as the latest scholarship. The aim is to provide students with a wide-ranging survey of the key issues in strategic studies, and to provide an introduction to the main ideas and themes in the field. The book contains six extensive sections, each of which is prefaced by a short introductory essay:

    • The Uses of Strategic Theory
    • Interpretation of the Classics
    • Instruments of War, Intelligence and Deception
    • Nuclear Strategy
    • Irregular Warfare and Small Wars
    • Future Warfare, Future Strategy

Overall, this volume strikes a balance between theoretical works, which seek to discover generalisations about the nature of modern strategy, and case studies, which attempt to ground the study of strategy in the realities of modern war.

This new edition will be essential reading for all students of strategic studies, security studies, military history and war studies, as well as for professional military college students.

chapter |4 pages

General introduction to the second edition

ByThomas G. Mahnken, Joseph A. Maiolo

part I|43 pages

The uses of strategic theory

chapter 1|13 pages

Strategic studies and the problem of power

ByLawrence Freedman

chapter 2|18 pages

What is a military lesson?

ByWilliam C. Fuller

chapter 3|8 pages

Why strategy is difficult

ByColin S. Gray

part II|77 pages

Interpretation of the classics

chapter 4|23 pages

Who is afraid of Carl von Clausewitz?

A guide to the perplexed
ByMichael I. Handel

chapter 5|25 pages

The art of war

BySun Tzu, Lionel Giles

chapter 6|4 pages


The indirect approach
ByBasil Liddell Hart

chapter 7|21 pages

Arms and influence

ByThomas C. Schelling

part III|75 pages

Instruments of war, intelligence and deception

chapter 8|14 pages

Some principles of maritime strategy

ByJulian Corbett

chapter 9|27 pages

Kosovo and the great air power debate

ByDaniel L. Byman, Matthew C. Waxman

chapter 10|12 pages

What's wrong with the intelligence process?

ByRobert Jervis

chapter 11|18 pages

Deception and intelligence failure

Anglo-German preparations for U-boat warfare in the 1930s
ByJoseph A. Maiolo

part IV|58 pages

Nuclear strategy

chapter 12|16 pages

The absolute weapon

ByBernard Brodie

chapter 13|17 pages

The delicate balance of terror

ByAlbert Wohlstetter

chapter 14|21 pages

Attacking the atom

Does bombing nuclear facilities affect proliferation?
BySarah E. Kreps, Matthew Fuhrmann

part V|77 pages

Irregular warfare and small wars

chapter 15|9 pages

Science of guerrilla warfare

ByT.E. Lawrence

chapter @@|35 pages

Problems of strategy in China's civil war

ByMao Tse Tung

chapter 17|20 pages

Strategic terrorism

The framework and its fallacies
ByPeter R. Neumann, M.L.R. Smith

chapter 18|9 pages

Hybrid warfare and challenges

ByFrank G. Hoffman

part VI|108 pages

Future warfare, future strategy

chapter 19|12 pages


The growth and spread of the precision-strike regime
ByThomas G. Mahnken

chapter 20|17 pages

The revolution in military affairs with Chinese characteristics

ByJacqueline Newmyer Deal

chapter 22|16 pages

From Kadesh to Kandahar

Military theory and the future of war
ByMichael Evans

chapter 23|21 pages

Cyber war will not take place

ByThomas Rid

chapter 24|18 pages

The lost meaning of strategy

ByHew Strachan