Global War: An Atlas of World Strategy

Global War: An Atlas of World Strategy

Global War: An Atlas of World Strategy

Global War: An Atlas of World Strategy

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This is an ambitious atlas. To match its cheek, you would have to go back to the map-makers of early days, who painfully and ingeniously pieced together from direct experience, hearsay, legend and sheer imagination wonderful charts of strange regions, filling out the gaps with pictures of mermaids, fish, unicorns, gargoyles and inscriptions: Hic Sunt Leones--Here are Lions. The present authors have had to call upon their imagination to a degree hardly less. One of them, Edgar Ansel Mowrer, is a newspaper correspondent who for thirty years has been travelling about the planet and sticking his nose into unlikely parts of it at critical moments--notably during four wars; while the other, Miss Marthe Rajchman, is not only a skilled map-maker, author of several atlases, but a learned geographer from the Institut de Géographie at the University of Paris. As strategists, both are amateurs, writing and drawing for other amateurs.

Their chief problem was one of imaginative anticipation. How, in 120 pages of maps and texts, can you give the essentials for following the present conflict? Obviously there could be no question of portraying various fronts, with positions held by this army or by that, for these shift from day to day and from hour to hour. What the authors were seeking was an explanation that would remain good until the end of the coming peace conference. In other words, how best in a limited space illustrate and clarify this war not only in its past but in its coming phases, anticipating the sites of almost any battles and campaigns that could happen between existing states at the present state of technological advance?

In such a changing world, an attempt like this is decidedly an experiment. Even if it turns out that this is less a definitive answer to the problem than an invitation to others to undertake the same job, there remains the glory of exploration. And in the meantime, this atlas will have been of real help in visualizing the path of victory.

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