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General Studies
Ancient History
War in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
The Era of Fredrick II and Napoleon

Clausewitz
Civil War
The British Empire
World War I

J. F. C. Fuller and B. H. Liddell Hart
World War II
Korean War
Modern Warfare
Vietnam War
Falkland Island War
Arab-Israeli Wars

The Nuclear Age
The Moral Effects of Combat

Russian and Soviet Military History
East Asian Military History
Sea Power
Air Power
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The Military Intellectual and Battle: Raimondo Montecuccoli & the 30 Years' War

Raimondo Montecuccoli (1609-80), lieutenant general and field marshal of the army of the Austrian Hapsburgs, was a master of maneuver warfare, an able military administrator, and an author of a classic study of warfare. According to an eminent scholar of seventeenth-century military thought, Montecuccoli was the first modern theorist to attempt a comprehensive analysis of war in all of its aspects. A translation of Montecuccoli's military treatise, Concerning Battle - which describes combat in the second decade of the Thirty Years' War-is the central feature of Professor Barker's book. In addition, Barker provides an introduction to Montecuccoli's life and military career and a chapter that sets his four great engagements in historical perspective.

 

Napoleon's Marshals

This collection of twenty-six essays by Napoleonic scholars offers the reader both biography and military history. While the essays vary in quality, they provide considerable information on the personalities involved in Napoleonic warfare.

 

The Art of Warfare in the Age of Marlborough

This detailed yet readable account of the military organization, training methods, and tactical concepts of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century European armies examines how the regimental officer and soldier fought and maneuvered, whether in the line of battle or in siege trenches. Chandler also evaluates equipment, doctrine, and training and emphasizes cavalry, infantry, artillery, and engineering developments. This book is essential for understanding the armies that made possible the achievements of Marlborough, Prince Eugene, and Marshal Saxe between 1688 and 1748.

 

The Campaigns of Napoleon

The reader should not be intimidated by the thickness of this volume. Officers agree this book is eminently readable with clear and accurate descriptions of Napoleon's system of war and his battles. Especially fascinating are the explanations of Napoleonic weapons, tactics, and operations.

 

The Army of Maria Theresa: The Armed Forces of Imperial Austria, 1740-1780

Austria was Frederick II's opponent and this volume describes all significant aspects of the Austrian armed forces from 1740 to 1780. The author believes that the Theresian army foreshadowed some important developments of Napoleonic warfare in its use of light infantry and the employment of artillery.

 

The Military Life of Frederick the Great

In this readable, scholarly assessment of Frederick's military achievements, Duffy clearly describes Frederick's strategic and tactical concepts. The book contains good maps and excellent battle analyses of Frederick's campaigns.

Cromwell's Army: A History of the English Soldier During the Civil Wars, the Commonwealth and the Protectorate

This accurate and scholarly volume explains how an efficient army evolved  out of chaos during the English Civil War of 1642-60. Firth examines the creation of Cromwell's long service professional, or New Model, army and all of its features, including infantry, cavalry, artillery, sieges, pay, logistics, discipline, and the relation of religion and politics to seventeenth-century English military history.

 

Frederick the Great on the Art of War

Dr. Luvaas' edition provides a thorough and complete account of Frederick's generalship and military thought.

 

Wellington Commander: The Iron Duke's Generalship

Napoleon's great opponent was the Duke of Wellington, who fought the French on the Peninsula and at the Battle of Waterloo. This illustrated book about Wellington's generalship contains brief essays by leading British military historians and is an excellent introduction to the work of the Wellington scholar Michael Glover. The three parts of this book cover Wellington and strategy, Wellington and Waterloo, and Wellington and tactics.

 

The Adventurous Simplicissimus: Being the Description of the Life of a Strange Vagabond Named Melchoir Sternfels Von Fuchshaim

This volume offers a graphic view of seventeenth-century campaign life as seen by the cannon fodder. For a complete picture of warfare in the seventeenth century, this book should be read in conjunction with Montecuccoli's Concerning Battle (in Barker's The Military Intellectual and Battle), which gives a good introduction to the problems and techniques of warfare during this period.

 

Art of Warfare in the Age of Napoleon

A concise, accurate, and readable overview of Napoleonic warfare, Rothenberg's work is an excellent supplement to David Chandler's The Campaigns of Napoleon.

 

Reveries or Memoirs upon the Art of War: To Which Are Added Some Original Letters, upon Various Military Subjects, Wrote by the Count to the Late King ... Which Were (The West Point Military Library)

Maurice, Comte de Saxe (1696-1750), a victorious French field marshal, wrote some rules and reflections on the art of warfare as practiced during the first half of the eighteenth century. Straightforward and precise, his discussions of all aspects of soldiering are of historical interest and are valuable for their perspective on timeless military problems.

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