A few years ago the author, Chris Brown, gave a lecture to a group of fifty eminent historians. He asked them two questions: had they ever written about war? Of course they all had, history is war. And how many had read a book about the theory of war? There was a resentful silence. This remarkable admission initiated the writing of An Introduction to War Theory. In the same vein, the pre-eminent military historian Michael Howard, having lectured young army officers at Sandhurst on the Italian Campaign of 1942, was asked a single question by an impatient captain: OK, but what were its lessons? Here are those lessons, distilled. This book is for the reader who is starting his or her journey in war theory - students, journalists, junior military professionals - and anyone with a general interest who would like to kw more about how wars actually work.
Dr. Chris Brown teaches medieval history for St. Andrews and Edinburgh universities, has appeared as consultant on numerous documentaries, and conducts heritage tours at the battlefield sites. He is the author of Battle Story: Arnhem and Battle Story: Kohima, The Scottish Wars of Independence, Robert the Bruce: A Life Chronicled, and Bannockburn 1314: The Battle 700 Years On.