Philosophers of War

The Evolution of History's Greatest Military Thinkers

by Daniel Coetzee and Lee W. Eysturlid, Editors
Foreword by Dennis Showalter


War is a key philosophical topic across cultures.

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October 2013


Pages 994
Volumes 2
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Military History/Military Strategy

This user-friendly reference systematically covers the entire intellectual history of strategy and war, in all cultures and all times.

Each culture has had its Machiavelli, its Sun Tzu; its own Mohammed-like or Napoleonic figure. This encyclopedia ranges across the world to provide entries on every significant military and strategic thinker in human history as well as a number of military cultures, covering Chinese, Western, Indian, Islamic, and other cultures. Each entry supplies a brief biography, a synopsis of the writer's theories, their success or failure, and their impact on other thinkers and military practitioners. The unique coverage allows readers to cross cultural barriers and gain access to sources in languages as diverse as Arabic and German, and to note key similarities and contrasts. The relative importance and contribution of each individual to intellectual progress is noted, as is the greater significance of specific schools of thought and debates.


  • Presents entries with consistent organization and order of information, allowing readers to easily compare and discern key differences
  • The only work of its kind, the work provides comprehensive coverage on all military thought, including theorists not available elsewhere or in English
  • Ideal for students of military and strategic thought as well as academic researchers and casual readers alike
Author Info

Daniel Coetzee, PhD, is a freelance researcher and author. He received his doctorate in history at Pembroke College, Cambridge, England.

Lee W. Eysturlid, PhD, teaches at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, IL. He received his doctorate in history with a specialty in military history from Purdue University. His published work includes Greenwood's The Formative Influences, Theories, and Campaigns of the Archduke Carl of Austria.



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