English | 2011 | ISBN: 0521761263, 0521156335 | 294 pages | PDF | 1,2 MB
Within a variety of historical contexts, The Shaping of Gr& Strategy addresses the most important tasks states have confronted: namely, how to protect their citizens against the short-range as well as long-range dangers their polities confront in the present & may confront in the future. To be successful, gr& strategy dem&s that governments & leaders chart a course that involves more than simply reacting to immediate events. Above all, it dem&s they adapt to sudden & major changes in the international environment, which more often than not involves the outbreak of great conflicts but at times dem&s recognition of major economic, political, or diplomatic changes. This collection of essays explores the successes as well as failures of great states attempting to create gr& strategies that work & aims at achieving an underst&ing of some of the extraordinary difficulties involved in casting, evolving, & adapting gr& strategy to the realities of the world.