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Theory: Limited War, Moderate Peace, and the Strategy of Indirect Approach

Azar Gat

in Fascist and Liberal Visions of War

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198207153
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191677519 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207153.003.0010
Theory: Limited War, Moderate Peace, and the Strategy of Indirect Approach

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This chapter discusses the Liddell Hart's works and theories on the concept of limited war, moderate peace and the strategy of indirect approach. Written in his younger days, most of his theories are met with criticisms which were bounded by assumptions that his ideas of the different strategies of war owe much recognition from Fuller and Clausewitz who were the prevailing military thinkers of their time. However by the turn of the 1930s, Liddell Hart amended his work and developed a full consciousness of the war that starkly contrasts his deemed immature view of the war. In his more mature yet less-known ideas, he cemented his contributions to the strategic theory and created true measure of his originality and sophistication.

Keywords: Liddell Hart; limited war; moderate peace; indirect approach; Fuller; Clausewitz; war; strategic theory

Chapter.  14256 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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