Victory in war : foundations of modern strategy


Victory in war : foundations of modern strategy

William C. Martel

Cambridge University Press, 2011

Rev. and expanded ed

  • : pbk
  • : hardback

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Includes bibliographical references and index



War demands that scholars and policy makers use victory in precise and coherent terms to communicate what the state seeks to achieve in war. The failure historically to define victory in consistent terms has contributed to confused debates when societies consider whether to wage war. This volume explores the development of a theoretical narrative or language of victory to help scholars and policy makers define carefully and precisely what they mean by victory in war in order to achieve a deeper understanding of victory as the foundation of strategy in the modern world.


  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Foundations of a general theory of victory
  • 3. Historical origins of victory
  • 4. Modern origins of victory
  • 5. American experience with victory
  • 6. American logic of victory
  • 7. 1986 raid on Libya
  • 8. 1989 invasion of Panama
  • 9. 1991 Persian Gulf War
  • 10. Intervention in Bosnia, Kosovo, 1992-1999
  • 11. Intervention in Afghanistan, 2001-2010
  • 12. 2003 invasion of Iraq
  • 13. Influence of military power on victory
  • 14. Conclusion.

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