Plotting Power

Strategy in the Eighteenth Century

by Jeremy Black

Published by: Indiana University Press

320 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253026088
  • Published: May 2017


  • eBook
  • 9780253026798
  • Published: May 2017


Military strategy takes place as much on broad national and international stages as on battlefields.  In a brilliant reimagining of the impetus and scope of eighteenth-century warfare, historian Jeremy Black takes us far and wide, from the battlefields and global maneuvers in North America and Europe to the military machinations and plotting of such Asian powers as China, Japan, Burma, Vietnam, and Siam. Europeans coined the term "strategy" only two centuries ago, but strategy as a concept has been practiced globally throughout history. Taking issue with traditional military historians, Black argues persuasively that strategy was as much political as battlefield tactics and that plotting power did not always involve outright warfare but also global considerations of alliance building, trade agreements, and intimidation.