Command : The Twenty-First-Century General, Hardback Book

Command : The Twenty-First-Century General Hardback



In the wake of the troubled campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, military decision-making appears to be in crisis and generals have been subjected to intense and sustained public criticism.

Taking these interventions as a starting point, Anthony King examines the transformation of military command in the twenty-first century.

Focusing on the army division, King argues that a phenomenon of collective command is developing.

In the twentieth century, generals typically directed and led operations personally, monopolising decision-making.

They commanded individualistically, even heroically.

As operations have expanded in range and scope, decision-making has multiplied and diversified.

As a result command is becoming increasingly professionalised and collaborative.

Through interviews with many leading generals and vivid ethnographic analysis of divisional headquarters, this book provides a unique insight into the transformation of command in western armies.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 504 pages, Worked examples or Exercises; 9 Line drawings, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781108476409



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