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Oxford University Press
30 November 2018
Bringing together international experts to provide a comprehensive introduction to strategic studies, this is the only overview to critically engage with both enduring and contemporary issues that dominate strategy. Throughout the chapters readers are encouraged to explore key debates and alternative perspectives. A boxed debates feature considers key controversies and presents opposing arguments, helping students to build critical thinking skills and reflect upon a wide range of perspectives.

The new edition has been thoroughly updated to incorporate the latest developments in the field of strategic studies. A new chapter 18 on 'The West and the Rest' explores the limitations and problems strategic studies face when dealing with security challenges in the Global South, stressing the importance of diversity in the field and the important contributions the non-Western world has made to international relations theories and concepts. Chapter 14 on 'Geography and Strategy' considers important developments in air power, maritime strategy and the rapid expansion of space and cyber warfare.

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Edited by:   John Baylis (Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations Swansea University), James Wirtz (Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies, Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California), Colin Gray (Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies, University of Reading)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   6th Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 247mm,  Width: 189mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   804g
ISBN:   9780198807100
ISBN 10:   0198807104
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   30 November 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Baylis is Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations and a former Pro-Vice Chancellor at Swansea University. His books include Anglo-American Defence Relations 1939-1984 (Macmillan, 1984); Alternative Nuclear Futures: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the Post-Cold War World, with Robert O'Neill (OUP, 2000); The Makers of Nuclear Strategy, with John Garnett (Pinter,1991); The Globalization of World Politics, with Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (7th Edition, OUP, 2017); An Introduction to Global Politics, with Steven Lamy, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (4th. Edition, OUP, 2016); and The British Nuclear Experience: The Role of Beliefs, Culture and Identity, with Kristan Stoddart (OUP, 2015). He is currently working on Wales and the Bomb: The Role of Welsh Scientists and Engineers in the Development of British Nuclear Weapons to be published by the University of Wales Press in 2018. James J. Wirtz is the Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He is the co-editor of Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies 5th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2018) and the author of Understanding Intelligence Failure: Warning response and deterrence (Routledge 2017). Colin S. Gray is Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Reading. He has advised the American and British Governments for many years. Among his books are a trilogy on strategy with Oxford University Press: The Strategy Bridge: Theory for Practice 2010); Perspectives on Strategy (2013); and Strategy and Defence Planning: Meeting the Challenge of Uncertainty (2014).

Reviews for Strategy in the Contemporary World

The new chapter on non-Western perspectives provides a much-needed critique of the western centricity of strategic studies, [...] whilst also reflecting on the implications of deepening and broadening strategic studies in a clear and convincing way. A welcome addition to the textbook. * Dr Rhys Crilley, The Open University *

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