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Van Creveld, Martin 1946-

Works: 118 works in 611 publications in 10 languages and 21,567 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Case studies  Military history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Creator
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Most widely held works by Martin Van Creveld
The rise and decline of the state by Martin Van Creveld( )

38 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Statens historie fra oldtiden til nutiden
The age of airpower by Martin Van Creveld( )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A renowned military historian tells the story of airpower's rise in the twentieth century-- and argues that its great days are over
Air power and maneuver warfare by Martin Van Creveld( )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 1,901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors identify and discuss the fundamental concepts and principles of maneuver warfare, compare and contrast it to attrition-style warfare, and trace its origins and history. They examine the role of airpower in enhancing maneuver during the early German campaigns of World War II, in Germany's 1941 Russian campaigns, and in the Soviet version of maneuver warfare in World War II. They analyze the importance of airpower in maneuver warfare employed by Israel in the 1967 and 1973 wars and by coalition forces in the Gulf War. Dr. van Creveld forecasts what the role of airpower will be in warfare during the coming years. The book includes a response to the authors by the air doctrine analysts at Air University
Technology and war : from 2000 B.C. to the present by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

28 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 1,591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text provides an analysis of the impact of technology on warfare throughout the centuries
Supplying war : logistics from Wallenstein to Patton by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

50 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why did Napoleon succeed in 1805 by fail in 1812? Were the railways vital to Prussia's victory over France in 1870? Was the famous Schlieffen Plan militarily sound? Could the European half of World War II have been ended in 1944? These are only a few of the questions that form the subject matter of this meticulously researched, lively book. Drawing on a very wide range of unpublished and previously unexploited sources, Martin van Creveld examines the 'nuts and bolts' of war: namely, those formidable problems of movement and supply, transportation and administration, so often mentioned - but rarely explored - by the vast majority of books on military history. In doing so, he casts his net far and wide, from Gustavus Adolphus to Rommel, from Marlborough to Patton, subjecting the operations of each to a thorough analysis from a fresh and unusual point a view. The result is a fascinating book that has something new to say about virtually every one of the most important campaign waged in Europe during the past two centuries. Moreover, by concentrating on logistics rather than on the more traditional tactics and strategy, Dr van Creveld is able to offer a reinterpretation of the whole field of military history
The transformation of war by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

43 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a time when unprecedented change in international affairs is forcing governments, citizens, and armed forces everywhere to re-assess the question of whether military solutions to political problems are possible any longer, Martin van Creveld has written an audacious searching examination of the nature of war and of its radical transformation in our own time. For 200 years, military theory and strategy have been guided by the Clausewitzian assumption that war is rational - a reflection of national interest and an extension of politics by other means. However, van Creveld argues, the overwhelming pattern of conflict in the post-1945 world no longer yields fully to rational analysis. In fact, strategic planning based on such calculations is, and will continue to be, unrelated to current realities. Small-scale military eruptions around the globe have demonstrated new forms of warfare with a different cast of characters - guerilla armies, terrorists, and bandits - pursuing diverse goals by violent means with the most primitive to the most sophisticated weapons. Although these warriors and their tactics testify to the end of conventional war as we've known it, the public and the military in the developed world continue to contemplate organized violence as conflict between the super powers. At this moment, armed conflicts of the type van Creveld describes are occurring throughout the world. From Lebanon to Cambodia, from Sri Lanka and the Philippines to El Salvador, the Persian Gulf, and the strife-torn nations of Eastern Europe, violent confrontations confirm a new model of warfare in which tribal, ethnic, and religious factions do battle without high-tech weapons or state-supported armies and resources. This low-intensity conflict challenges existing distinctions between civilian and solder, individual crime and organized violence, terrorism and war. In the present global atmosphere, practices that for three centuries have been considered uncivilized, such as capturing civilians or even entire communities for ransom, have begun to reappear. Pursuing bold and provocative paths of inquiry, van Creveld posits the inadequacies of our most basic ideas as to who fights wars and why and broaches the inevitability of man's need to "play" at war. In turn brilliant and infuriating, this challenge to our thinking and planning current and future military encounters is one of the most important books on war we are likely to read in our lifetime
Command in war by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kommandoføring; Leadership; Militær Ledelse; Militær Kommando; Hærledelse; Føring; Krigskunst; Hærførere; Hærledelse; Command, Control, Communications; Jena; Königgrätz; Tyske Offensiv, marts 1918; 1. Verdenskrig; Napoleon; Napoleonskrigene; Vietnamkrigen; Krige; Krigsfilosofi; Warfare; 2. Verdenskrig; Grand Strategy; Amerikanske Borgerkrig; Civil War; Konfederationen; Unionen; Moltke; Fransk-Tyske Krig; Schlieffen; Taktik; Skyttegravskrig; Israelske Hær; Moshe Dayan; Arab-Israeli Wars; War Managers; Store Hærførere; Radio; Lannes; Clausewitz; Command System; Berthier; Telegrafen
The sword and the olive : a critical history of the Israeli defense force by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld offers a history of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). From the founding of Hashomer and guerrilla groups like Hagana and PAL-MACH, to the formation of the state of Israel, van Creveld shows how political disagreements were reflected militarily, and why it is necessary to understand the early internecine battles in order to make sense of contemporary Israeli politics. He includes the statesmen and soldiers who led Israel and fought for it--Moshe Dayan, Ariel Sharon, Golda Meir, Yitschak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Menachem Begin, and others--as well as the Arab leaders who opposed them. Van Creveld also corrects a number of famous misconceptions about the IDF--for example, that male and female soldiers are treated as equals--and reveals just how Israel may have secretly used its nuclear threat to win battles it might otherwise have lost. The sword and the olive also shows how, in 1982 in Lebanon, the Israeli Army for the first time fought a significantly weaker enemy and failed miserably. The Lebanese debacle--"Israel's Vietnam"--Was followed almost immediately by the IDF's attempt to put down the Palestinian uprising by force. Israel's troops killed over ten Arabs for every soldier they themselves lost, but as they did so their self respect disintegrated and their moral collapsed. The IDF has yet to recover and now it is beginning to realize that the greatest danger may not be from its Arab neighbors, but from within
The culture of war by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: A respected scholar of military history and an expert on strategy, Martin van Creveld recently explored the modern world's shifting method of combat in The Changing Face of War. Now, in The Culture of War, he argues that there is much more to war than just soldiers killing one another for whatever reason. War has always been a topic of deep intrigue. Fighting itself can be a source of great, perhaps even the greatest, joy; out of this joy and fascination an entire culture has grown-from the war paint of tribal warriors to today's "tiger suits," from Julius Caesar's red cloak to Douglas MacArthur's pipe, from the decorative shields of ancient Greece to today's nose art, and from the invention of chess around 600 A.D. to the most modern combat simulators. The culture of war has its own traditions, laws and customs, rituals, ceremonies, music, art, literature, and monuments since the beginning of civilization. Throughout the ages, the culture of war has usually been highly esteemed. Not so in today's advanced countries, which tend either to mock it ("military intelligence is to intelligence what military music is to music") or to denounce it as "militaristic." This provocative book, the first of its kind, sets out to show how wrongheaded, and even dangerous, such attitudes are. The Culture of War argues that men and women, contrary to the hopes of some, are just as fascinated by war today as they have been in the past. A military that has lost touch with the culture of war is doomed not merely to defeat but to disintegration. Innovative, authoritative, and riveting, this is a major work by one of the world's greatest and most insightful military historians
Hitler's strategy 1940-1941 : the Balkan clue by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

25 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En nyvurdering af Hitler's strategi i tiden juni 1940 - juni 1941 dvs. den meget betydningsfulde tid efter Frankrigs fald med invasionstrusselen mod England, Balkanfelttoget og Kreta til den skæbnesvangre åbning af Østfelttoget inklusive hjælpen til Italien
The land of blood and honey : the rise of modern Israel by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a one-volume history of Israel and its people. From its Zionist beginnings at the end of the nineteenth century through the past sixty, tumultuous years, the state of Israel has been, as the author argues, "the greatest success story in the entire twentieth century." In this volume, he relates the improbable story of a nationless people who, given a hot and arid patch of land and coping with every imaginable obstacle, founded a country that is now the envy of surrounding states. While most studies on Israel focus on the political, this encompassing history weaves together the nation's economic, social, cultural and religious narratives while also offering diplomatic solutions to help Israel achieve peace. While deeply erudite on the myriad factors that have shaped the history of Israel, this book also offers an examination of the Israeli people themselves. The author considers their rich social, cultural, and religious traditions, as well as the dynamic tensions between the traditional and modern, Orthodox and secular, and even between the sexes
Fighting power : German and US Army performance, 1939-1945 by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

26 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in German and English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forfatteren forsøger at analysere sig bag om "kampkraft": Hvad består den af? Hvorledes måles den?. Forfatteren analyserer bl.a. flg. faktorer: Uddannelse, sanktioner, frihed(er), hædersbevisninger, lønninger, kriterier for at blive befalingsmand, underofficer hhv. officer og til sidst men ikke mindst organisationsformen. Analyseres og sammenlignes mellem de tyske hhv. amerikanske styrker. Haves på tysk: "Kampfkraft" (1989)
The art of war : war and military thought by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and Swedish and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work covers the history of military thought from the philosophy and doctrine of the pursuit and practice of warfare. Starting with the ancient Chinese writers, the book takes the reader through Greece, Rome, Byzantium and the Middle Ages to the moderns like Frederick the Great and Clausewitz
The encyclopedia of revolutions and revolutionaries : from anarchism to Zhou Enlai( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout history, revolutions have been a potent force of social, economic and political change. The Encyclopedia of Revolutions and Revolutionaries: From Anarchism to Zhou Enlai is the first single-volume encyclopedia devoted to this significant historical phenomenon. Written by a team of international scholars, the book's more than 500 entries cover periods of unrest and change from antiquity to the present, including the Spartacus Revolt; the European Revolutions of 1848; China's Cultural Revolution; the American Revolution; the United Kingdom's Glorious Revolution of 1688; Mexico's Cristero Revolution of 1926-1929; and Russia's Revolutions in 1905 and 1917
The changing face of war : lessons of combat, from the Marne to Iraq by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most influential experts on military history and strategy has now written his magnum opus, an original and provocative account of the past hundred years of global conflict. The Changing Face of War is the book that reveals the path that led to the impasse in Iraq, why powerful standing armies are now helpless against ill-equipped insurgents, and how the security of sovereign nations may be maintained in the future. While paying close attention to the unpredictable human element, Martin van Creveld takes us on a journey from the last century's clashes of massive armies to today's short, high-tech, lopsided skirmishes and frustrating quagmires. Here is the world as it was in 1900, controlled by a handful of "great powers," mostly European, with the memories of eighteenth-century wars still fresh. Armies were still led by officers riding on horses, messages conveyed by hand, drum, and bugle. As the telegraph, telephone, and radio revolutionized communications, big-gun battleships like the British Dreadnought, the tank, and the airplane altered warfare. Van Creveld paints a powerful portrait of World War I, in which armies would be counted in the millions, casualties'such as those in the cataclysmic battle of the Marne'would become staggering, and deadly new weapons, such as poison gas, would be introduced. Ultimately, Germany's plans to outmaneuver her enemies to victory came to naught as the battle lines ossified and the winners proved to be those who could produce the most weapons and provide the most soldiers. The Changing Face of War then propels us to the even greater global carnage of World War II. Innovations in armored warfare and airpower, along with technological breakthroughs from radar to the atom bomb, transformed war from simple slaughter to a complex event requiring new expertise'all in the service of savagery, from Pearl Harbor to Dachau to Hiroshima. The further development of nuclear weapons during the Cold War shifts nations from fighting wars to deterring them: The number of active troops shrinks and the influence of the military declines as civilian think tanks set policy and volunteer forces "decouple" the idea of defense from the world of everyday people. War today, van Crevald tells us, is a mix of the ancient and the advanced, as state-of-the-art armies fail to defeat small groups of crudely outfitted guerrilla and terrorists, a pattern that began with Britain's exit from India and culminating in American misadventures in Vietnam and Iraq, examples of what the author calls a "long, almost unbroken record of failure." How to learn from the recent past to reshape the military for this new challenge'how to still save, in a sense, the free world'is the ultimate lesson of this big, bold, and cautionary work. The Changing Face of War is sure to become the standard source on this essential subject. From the Hardcover edition
Conscience : a biography by Martin Van Creveld( )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many consider conscience to be one of the most important--if not the fundamental--quality that makes us human, distinguishing us from animals, on one hand, and machines on the other. But what is conscience, exactly? Is it a product of our biological roots, as Darwin thought, or is it a purely social invention? If the latter, how did it come into the world? In this biography of that most elusive human element, Martin van Creveld explores conscience throughout history, ranging across numerous subjects, from human rights to health to the environment. Along the way he considers the evolution of conscience in its myriad, occasionally strange, and ever-surprising permutations. He examines the Old Testament, which--erroneously, it turns out--is normally seen as the fountainhead from which the Western idea of conscience has sprung. Next, he takes us to meet Antigone, the first person on record to explicitly speak of conscience. We then visit with the philosophers Zeno, Cicero and Seneca; with Christian thinkers such as Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, and, above all, Martin Luther; as well as modern intellectual giants such as Machiavelli, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Freud. Individual chapters are devoted to Japan, China, and even the Nazis, as well as the most recent discoveries in robotics and neuroscience and how they have contributed to the ways we think about our own morality. Ultimately, van Creveld shows that conscience remains as elusive as ever, a continuously mysterious voice that guides how we think about right and wrong
Men, women, and war by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout history, women have been shielded from the heat of battle, their role limited to supporting the men who do the actual fighting. Now all that has changed, and for the first time females have taken their place on the front lines. But, do they actually belong there? A distinguished military historian answers the question with a vehement no, arguing women are less physically capable, more injury-prone, given more lenient conditions, and disastrous for morale and military preparedness. Groundbreaking and controversial
Nuclear proliferation and the future of conflict by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defending Israel : a controversial plan toward peace by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Israel is a tiny country, from tip to toe, it stretches three hundred miles long but is only seventy-eight miles at its widest point. Ever since the time the so-called Jewish State was established in 1948, the question of what its "defensible borders" might be has always been problematic. Yet considering the larger picture of what has happened in the Middle East over the last twenty-five years -- the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, the weakening of Syria as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the smashing of Iraq by the United States -- Israel is, militarily speaking, stronger than ever before. The greatest remaining threats are terrorism and guerilla warfare, and those, Martin Van Creveld argues, are best dealt with by building a wall and getting out of the occupied territories. Based not on vague aspirations for peace, but purely on military and strategic reasoning, Defending Israel asserts that Israel can only be safe if it pulls out of Gaza and the West Bank entirely"--Front flap
Wargames : from gladiators to gigabytes by Martin Van Creveld( Book )

14 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where did wargames come from? Who participated in them, and why? How is their development related to changes in real-life warfare? Which aspects of war did they capture, which ones did they leave out, how, and why? What do they tell us about the conduct of war in the times and places where they were played? How useful are they in training and preparation for war? Why are some so much more popular than others, and how do men and women differ in their interest? Starting with the combat of David versus Goliath, passing through the gladiatorial games, tournaments, trials by battle, duels, and board games such as chess, all the way to the latest simulations and computer games, this unique book traces the subject in all its splendid richness. As it does so, it provides new and occasionally surprising insights into human nature
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The rise and decline of the state
The age of airpowerAir power and maneuver warfareTechnology and war : from 2000 B.C. to the presentSupplying war : logistics from Wallenstein to PattonThe transformation of warCommand in warThe sword and the olive : a critical history of the Israeli defense forceThe culture of war
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Ван Кревельд, Мартин 1946-

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Кревельд, Мартин ван израильский военный историк и правозащитник

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מרטין ון קרפלד

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반 크레벨드, 마틴 1946-

반 크레벨트, 마틴 1946-

반 크레벨트, 마틴 L. 1946-

반 크레벨트, 마틴 엘 1946-

반 크레펠트, 마르틴 1946-

범극륵위이덕, 마정 1946-

판 크레펠트, 마틴 1946-

ヴァン・クレヴェルト, マーチン

クレヴェルト, マーチン・ヴァン

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