Martin van Creveld





Martin van Creveld


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in Rotterdam, Netherlands
March 05, 1946

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Martin Levi van Creveld (born 5 March 1946) is an Israeli military historian and theorist.

Van Creveld was born in the Netherlands in the city of Rotterdam, and has lived in Israel since shortly after his birth. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has been on the faculty since 1971. He is the author of seventeen books on military history and strategy, of which Command in War (1985), Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton (1977, 2nd edition 2004), The Transformation of War (1991), The Sword and the Olive (1998) and The Rise and Decline of the State (1999) are among the best known. Van Creveld has lectured or taught at many strategic institutes in the Western world,
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The Transformation Of War

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Supplying War: Logistics fr...

3.89 avg rating — 289 ratings — published 1977 — 5 editions
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Command in War

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The Rise And Decline Of The...

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The Culture of War

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The Art of War: War and Mil...

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A History of Strategy: From...

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The Sword And The Olive: A ...

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Technology and War: From 20...

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The Changing Face of War: L...

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“The problem is that you cannot prove yourself against someone who is much weaker than yourself. They are in a lose/lose situation. If you are strong and fighting the weak, then if you kill your opponent then you are a scoundrel... if you let him kill you, then you are an idiot. So here is a dilemma which others have suffered before us, and for which as far as I can see there is simply no escape.”
Martin van Creveld, The Changing Face of War: Lessons of Combat, from the Marne to Iraq

“Thus knowing oneself is no less, and may be more, of a requirement than understanding the enemy.”
Martin van Creveld, A History of Strategy: From Sun Tzu to William S. Lind

“four men who do not know each other will hesitate to confront a lion. But once they know each other and feel they can trust each other they will do so without fear.”
Martin van Creveld, A History of Strategy: From Sun Tzu to William S. Lind

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