Churchill and Strategic Dilemmas before the World Wars: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel

Churchill and Strategic Dilemmas before the World Wars: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel

Churchill and Strategic Dilemmas before the World Wars: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel

Churchill and Strategic Dilemmas before the World Wars: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel

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Before Michael I. Handel died his colleagues and students compiled this collection of essays that were written for a conference on strategy held during 2001. The papers address Churchill's views and ideas on war, strategy and realpolitik.

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John H. Maurer

Michael I. Handel, to whom the authors of the following essays dedicate this volume, had a longstanding interest in Sir Winston S. Churchill. This interest is hardly surprising. As a leading scholar in the field of strategy, Michael Handel examined some of the most important strategic decision makers and thinkers-whom he called 'masters of war'-who lived over the long span of human history from ancient Greece and China to the twenty-first century. In the twentieth century, very few individuals occupy as prominent a place for both high leadership in wartime and a writer on politics and strategy as Winston Churchill does. Churchill is today perhaps best remembered for his leadership role during the Second World War. Of course, he played a leading role in directing Great Britain's policy and strategy during the entire period of the two world wars and the opening decade of the Cold War. Churchill wrote at length on war and politics throughout his life. His voluminous writings provide an incredibly rich source for the study of strategic and political decision making. Michael Handel avidly read what Churchill wrote about the difficulties he experienced in trying to fashion a coherent strategy and ensure that the conduct of military operations adhered to it.

In his extensive studies on intelligence, politics, strategy, and war, Michael Handel made considerable reference to Churchill's writings and actions in wartime. Michael Handel, however, wanted to write more on Churchill. On several occasions, he mentioned to me how he would like to write a book about Winston Churchill as a strategist. At one point, we even considered collaborating in writing a book or holding a conference on the topic. Michael Handel also thought about including additional chapters on Churchill in some future edition of Masters of War, his outstanding examination of the strategic thought of Carl von Clausewitz, Sir Julian Corbett, Baron Antoine-Henri Jomini, Mao Tse-tung, and Sun Tzu. In what would have been an important addition to that study,

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