The History of Strategy

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History is the record of man's steps and slips. It shows us that the steps have been slow and slight; the slips, quick and abounding. It provides us with the opportunity to profit by the stumbles and tumbles of our forerunners. Awareness of our limitations should make us chary of condemning those who made mistakes, but we condemn ourselves if we fail to recognize mistakes. 

Basil Liddell Hart

Twenty four centuries ago, Sun Tzu wrote explained that the strategist seeks the state of shih - having positioned his forces at a place of advantage over rivals.  In that same era, the Greek historian Thucydides wrote that the events of the past "will at some time or other, and in much the same ways, be repeated in the future." For the next 24 centuries, he has been prevent correct time and again

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History of Strategy Resources

How Great Generals Win

How Great Generals Win
by Bevin Alexander

How Wars Are Won: The 13 Rules of War from Ancient Greece to the War on Terror

How Wars Are Won: The 13 Rules of War from Ancient Greece to the War on Terror
by Bevin Alexander

How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: The Fatal Errors That Led to Nazi Defeat

How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: The Fatal Errors That Led to Nazi Defeat
by Bevin Alexander

How the South Could Have Won the Civil War: The Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat

How the South Could Have Won the Civil War: The Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat
by Bevin Alexander