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Winning at War: Seven Keys to Military Victory Throughout History

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What are the independent variables that determine success in war? Drawing on 40 years of studying and teaching war, political scientist Christian P. Potholm presents a 'template of Mars, ' seven variables that have served as predictors of military success over time and across cultures. In Winning at War, Potholm explains these variables_technology, sustained ruthlessness, ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published January 16th 2010 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 15th 2010)
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Mike Edwards
Nov 18, 2013 Mike Edwards rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, war
The theory is borderline trite, and he selects on the dependent variable. The history in it is fine (although not in depth at all) and it is a reasonably fast read. But the theory is underdeveloped and not especially interesting--especially because he only looks at cases of successful empires. Many of his keys to victory, after all, were followed by unsuccessful groups--which means that he never proves that these keys are sufficient. Nor is it clear that all successful militarizes utilized all s ...more
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