Alexander the Great: Lessons in Strategy by David J. Lonsdale

By David J. Lonsdale

This publication bargains a strategic research of 1 of the main remarkable army careers in background, selecting the main pertinent strategic classes from the campaigns of Alexander the good.

David Lonsdale argues that because the center rules of approach are everlasting, the research and research of ancient examples have price to the trendy theorist and practitioner. additionally, as process is so advanced and not easy, the notable profession of Alexander offers the correct chance to appreciate most sensible perform in process, as he completed extraordinary and non-stop good fortune around the spectrum of struggle, in numerous situations and environments. This ebook offers the 13 such a lot pertinent classes that may be discovered from his campaigns, dividing them into 3 different types: grand process, army operations, and use of strength. each one of those different types offers classes pertinent to the trendy strategic setting. eventually, in spite of the fact that, the e-book argues that the dominant consider his good fortune used to be Alexander himself, and that it was once his personal features as a strategist that allowed him to beat the complexities of method and attain his expansive pursuits.

 

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Before the arrival of Philip and Alexander, Greek warfare was already undergoing a degree of evolution. This evolution was particularly intense during the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC). Thus, Greek warfare was already witnessing some substantial changes in the fifth and fourth centuries. Nonetheless, the maturation and combination of these earlier developments were only fully realised by Philip and Alexander. However, it would be wrong to suggest that the two Macedonian rulers merely welded together the developments of others.

Slowly, the rebel forces lost many of their gains, and with the Persian recapture of the city of Miletus in 494 the Ionian Revolt essentially came to an end. However, this was not the end of the affair. Having faced a revolt on its periphery, the Persian Empire sought security by extending its borders, and hoped to conquer the Greek mainland. Also, Darius wished to enact revenge on Athens and Eretria for their support of the rebellion. After a limited and failed advanced expeditionary operation in 492, Darius organised the main invasion for 490.

Traditional hoplite warfare If one thinks of Classical Greek warfare the image of the hoplite comes instantly to mind. 10 The hoplite was a heavily armoured infantryman who took his name from the equipment he fought with. However, there is some debate over the exact source of the term ‘hoplite’ and the how he was equipped. On the one hand, F. E. Adcock, J. K. 12 However, as the shield was the one piece of equipment that distinguished the hoplite from other forms of soldiery, the term ‘equipped’ may well be a reference to the shield itself.

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