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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2022 4:58 p.m. PST

"So during this sabbatical year, I've been reading Andrew Lambert's The British Way of War: Julian Corbett and the Battle for a National Strategy while gearing up for my own next book, a primer on joint sea power. In essence, Lambert's book is an intellectual biography of Sir Julian Corbett, who has a strong claim to be history's finest maritime strategist. Heck, I would probably rate Corbett second among all strategic theorists, trailing only his own hero, the Prussian sage Carl von Clausewitz, on whose masterwork On War he based his theories of saltwater affairs. This year marks the centennial of Corbett's passing—making it an opportune time to revisit his legacy.

The British Way of War repays the investment of time and energy for anyone who does business in great waters, and indeed for anyone involved with the profession of arms. For one thing, we tend to view great thinkers almost as oracles, abstract from any specific place and time. They dispense wisdom instantly and directly relevant to our own times. Professor Lambert is having none of this, and justly so. He portrays Corbett as a man of his own times and country, and in fact as a leading protagonist in a struggle over the nature of British strategy in world politics. That was why he wrote. While he started out interested in naval history for its own sake, for instance by penning sprightly histories of the Tudor navy, during his later career he wrote to mold thinking about how Great Britain should accomplish its aims in the world…"

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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2022 12:33 p.m. PST

Something to look forward to. Lambert is a good scholar.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2022 3:42 p.m. PST

Happy for that….


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