Accession Number : ADA130989

Title :   Michael Howard: Military Historian and Strategic Analyst.

Descriptive Note : Study project rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Skaggs,David Curtis , Jr

PDF Url : ADA130989

Report Date : 10 Jun 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 158

Abstract : This paper assesses the role of the distinguished Regius Professor of Modern History in Oxford University in the development of military history and strategic studies since World War II. Data was gathered using a literature search of Professor Howard's historical, strategic, and popular writings and personal interviews and correspondence with persons associated with him in his various academic and public roles. The format chosen was an historical narriative which begins with an overview of his career, continues with a description and critique of his historical and strategic writings, and concludes with an assessment of his contributions, especially those as a strategist. The study argues that although his writings may not have been as influential as those of Sir Basil Liddell Hart or Bernard Brodie, Michael Howard has been one of those whose critical insight and whose command of historical precedents and strategic issues have provided intellectual rigor, a sense of realism, and broad comprehension to military-political analysis. Appended to the study is an essay on the Founding of the Institute for Strategic Studies with which Howard has been associated since its inception.

Descriptors :   *History, Warfare, International relations, Strategy, Biographies

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE