Edward Mead Earle and the Unfinished Makers of Modern Strategy

Michael Finch

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    The American historian Edward Mead Earle has until recently escaped the attention of historians of war, although his edited volume of 1943, Makers of Modern Strategy: Military Thought from Machiavelli to Hitler, was a seminal work in the field, widely read by military historians. Whilst recent scholarship has sought to situate Earle as a key figure in the pre–Second World War development of American security studies, this article emphasizes Earle’s role as a historian compiling a volume which was distinctly historical in approach, tone, and scope. His plans for a revised second edition never came to fruition, so Makers remained an unfinished work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)781-814
    JournalJournal of Military History
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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