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The evolution of modern grand strategic thought

L. a. 4ème de couverture indique : "In strategic reviews and diplomacy, grand approach is a frequently-invoked notion. but, regardless of its recognition, it isn't good understood and it has many definitions, a few of that are even together contradictory. This situation undermines its usefulness for students and practitioners alike.

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Corbett, Strategical Terms and Definitions used in Lectures on Naval History, CBT/6/15–16, 1. 32 Corbett, Some Principles, chs 2 and 3. 33 Corbett, Lectures on Naval Strategy, CBT/31, 119. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 12/4/2016, SPi Maritime Origins 39 poured its utmost effort into combating English allies on the continent to salvage a continental victory from a colonial defeat. This parallels Mahan’s implicit belief that control of the sea inherently led to escalation in land warfare in Europe.

22 Commerce in strategy was thus caught between two competing tendencies. First was the preying upon commerce which occurs during war, either through commerce raiding or through the assault on and collapse of entire commercial systems. Second was the desire to legislate the protection of trade from attack during war. The dilemma was clear: naval strategy had as its goal the defence and expansion of commerce, but war’s greatest import on global economy was threat and destruction. Mahan opposed such legislative defence, for two interrelated reasons.

35 Clausewitz, On War, 177. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 12/4/2016, SPi Pre-Modern Grand Strategic Thought 23 Whereas the usage concerning Thomas appears closer to Clausewitz’s classic definition of strategy, Wyeth’s usage appears almost presciently NeoClausewitzian. Rather than focusing merely upon the political impact of giving battle, it considers how best to take advantage of geographical features and how to mitigate the opponent’s strengths, within a context of employing force. 36 It considers the problem of force and its employment in all of its many dimensions.

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