Strategic Logic and Political Rationality: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel

Strategic Logic and Political Rationality: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel

Strategic Logic and Political Rationality: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel

Strategic Logic and Political Rationality: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel

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"One of three volumes in honour of the teaching and scholarship of the late Michael I. Handel, this book details the universal logic of strategy and the ability of liberal-democratic governments to address this logic rationally. Treating war as an extensio"

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Bradford A. Lee and Karl F. Walling

This volume consists of essays in honor of the teaching and scholarship of Michael I. Handel, who ended his distinguished career as a Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he died of cancer in June 2001. His academic life began in 1963 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he studied economics, political science, and west European history, with specialization in strategic studies and diplomatic history. His early academic accomplishments and curiosity soon led him to Harvard University, where he was a member of the Center for International Affairs and earned his PhD in 1974. As a young itinerant professor, he held appointments at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the National War College of Israel, and Harvard University, where he became the founder and us editor of Intelligence and National Security. Eventually, he found a home in 1983 at the us Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and began to distinguish himself as the leading contemporary scholar of Carl von Clausewitz's classic work of strategy, On War. the us Naval War College had the good sense to steal him from the Army War College, and he spent the remainder of his academic career in Newport.

Handel was a prolific author and editor. in addition to numerous articles and monographs, he published nine books on strategy, intelligence, and technology: Weak States in the International System (1981); The Diplomacy of Surprise: Hitler, Nixon, Sadat (1981); Strategic and Operational Deception in the Second World War (1987); Leaders and Intelligence (1988); War, Strategy, and Intelligence (1989); Intelligence and Military Operations (1990); and three editions of his most theoretically comprehensive work, Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought (1994, 1995, and 2001). Masters of War is now the standard text for introducing students to the classic works of Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, and Jomini, with serious attention being paid to Thucydides, Machiavelli, Corbett, and Mao Tse-tung as well. Pride of place in Handel's study of classical strategic theory, however, belongs to Clausewitz, whom he read so carefully and slowly in seminars

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