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Murray, Williamson

Works: 192 works in 781 publications in 7 languages and 23,296 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Military history  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: D743, 940.53
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Williamson Murray
A war to be won : fighting the Second World War by Williamson Murray( Book )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 3,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the military operations and tactics of World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters from the Sino-Japanese War in 1937 to the surrender of Japan in 1945
Strategy for defeat : the Luftwaffe, 1933-1945 by Williamson Murray( )

5 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 2,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Murray's book provides a detailed analytical study of the development of the Luftwaffe. The author takes an in-depth look at the "easy war" (1939-40) and the turn toward Russia in Operation Barbarossa. Dr. Murray investigates the war of attrition from 1942 through early 1944 and the reasons for the final demise of the Luftwaffe from April through September 1944
The Iraq War : a military history by Williamson Murray( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 1,346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An in-depth analysis of the coalition invasion of Iraq, up to the 2003 fall of Baghdad. Drawing on their extensive expertise as military historians, the authors assess the opposing aims of the Coalition forces and the Iraqi regime and explain the day-to-day tactical and logistical decisions of infantry and air command, as British and American troops moved into Basra and Baghdad. They simultaneously step back to examine long-running debates within the U.S. Defense Department about the proper uses of military power and probe the strategic implications of those debates for America's buildup to this war. Surveying the immense changes that have occurred in America's armed forces between the Gulf conflicts of 1991 and 2003 -- changes in doctrine as well as weapons -- this volume reveals critical meanings and lessons about the new "American way of war" as it has unfolded in Iraq
A savage war : a military history of the Civil War by Williamson Murray( Book )

13 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Civil War represented a momentous change in the character of war. It combined the projection of military might across a continent on a scale never before seen with an unprecedented mass mobilization of peoples. Yet despite the revolutionizing aspects of the Civil War, its leaders faced the same uncertainties and vagaries of chance that have vexed combatants since the days of Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War. A Savage War sheds critical new light on this defining chapter in military history. In a masterful narrative that propels readers from the first shots fired at Fort Sumter to the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox, Williamson Murray and Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh bring every aspect of the battlefield vividly to life. The show how this new way of waging war was made possible by the powerful historical forces unleashed by the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution, yet how the war was far from being simply a story of the triumph of superior machines. Despite the Union's material superiority, a Union victory remained in doubt for most of the war. Murray and Hsieh paint indelible portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and other major figures whose leadership, judgment, and personal character played such decisive roles in the fate of a nation. They also examine how the Army of the Potomac, the Army of Northern Virginia, and the other major armies developed entirely different cultures that influenced the war's outcome. A military history of breathtaking sweep and scope, A Savage War reveals how the Civil War ushered in the age of modern warfare. -- Inside jacket flap
The making of peace : rulers, states, and the aftermath of war by Williamson Murray( )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Making of Peace represents a fascinating contribution to the study of war: namely, the difficulties that statesmen have confronted in attempting to put back together the pieces after a major conflict. These essays examine how Western belligerents have addressed -- or failed to address -- the making of peace across a span of two and a half millennia and in contests reflecting a broad range of prompting disputes. Some efforts produced at best a momentary suspension of hostilities. Others transformed the very context of international relations. Defined more modestly, however, as the control and moderation of violence, some peacemaking efforts were notably more successful than others. This study also serves as a first draft of a guide for those who will confront the equally difficult task of maintaining the peace, once achieved."--Back cover
Conflicting currents : Japan and the United States in the Pacific by Williamson Murray( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The subjects covered in this collection will appeal to a range of scholars, specialists, and general readers. The contributions of the Japanese scholars will not go unnoticed either for they draw on many primary sources in Japan that have yet to be translated into English and therefore offer a unique perspective on the events and individuals discussed in the essays. By focusing on both the US and Japan, this work provides easy access to the competing perspectives of the two nations, a competition that is enhanced by examinations of individuals and events, which have often been overlooked. The evolution of Japanese strategic goals prior to WWII, for example, was not limited to the vision of Yamamoto any more than the post-war relationship that emerged was defined exclusively by Douglas Macarthur. The Cold War has ended, but the relationship shared by the US and Japan plays a central roll in the GWOT. Overall, the range of topics covered by these essays adds depth to any understanding of the strategies and relations pursued by the two countries while providing a foundation for understanding the relationship as it continues to evolve today
The past as prologue : the importance of history to the military profession by Williamson Murray( )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring the usefulness of the study of history for contemporary military strategists, this volume illustrates the great importance of military history while simultaneously revealing the challenges of applying the past to the present. Essays from authors of diverse backgrounds--British and American, Civilian and Military--present an overwhelming argument for the necessity of the study of the past by today's military leaders in spite of these challenges. Part I examines the relationship between history and the military profession. Part II explores specific historical cases that reveal the repetitiveness of certain military problems
The shaping of grand strategy : policy, diplomacy, and war by Williamson Murray( )

15 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Within a variety of historical contexts, The Shaping of Grand Strategy addresses the most important tasks states have confronted: namely, how to protect their citizens against the short-range as well as long-range dangers their polities confront in the present and may confront in the future. To be successful, grand strategy demands that governments and leaders chart a course that involves more than simply reacting to immediate events. Above all, it demands they adapt to sudden and major changes in the international environment, which more often than not involves the outbreak of great conflicts but at times demands recognition of major economic, political, or diplomatic changes. This collection of essays explores the successes as well as failures of great states attempting to create grand strategies that work and aims at achieving an understanding of some of the extraordinary difficulties involved in casting, evolving, and adapting grand strategy to the realities of the world"--
The change in the European balance of power, 1938-1939 : the path to ruin by Williamson Murray( Book )

16 editions published between 1975 and 1984 in English and Spanish and held by 808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Making of strategy : rulers, states, and war( Book )

29 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most writing about strategy - the balancing of ends and means by rulers and states in conflict with their adversaries - has focused on individual strategic theorists or great military leaders. That approach has its uses, but it normally ignores the messy process through which rulers and states have actually framed strategy. Understanding how that process has worked or failed to work in the past is nevertheless of vital practical importance to strategists, and of the greatest interest to students of strategy and statecraft." "The Making of Strategy is about the strategic process. It consists of seventeen case studies that range from fifth-century B.C. Athens and Ming China to Hitler's Germany, Israel, and the post-1945 United States. The studies analyze, within a common interpretive framework, precisely how rulers and states have made strategy. The introduction emphasizes the constants in the rapidly shifting world of the strategist. The conclusion tries to understand the forces that have driven the transformation of strategy since 400 B.C. and seem likely to continue to transform it in the future."--Jacket
Military innovation in the interwar period by Williamson Murray( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1914, the armies and navies that faced each other were alike down to the strengths of their companies and battalions and the designs of their battleships and cruisers. Differences were of degree rather than essence. During the interwar period, the armed forces grew increasingly asymmetrical, developing different approaches to the same problems. This study of major military innovations in the 1920s and 1930s explores differences in innovating exploitation by the six major military powers. The comparative essays investigate how and why innovation occurred or did not occur, and explain much of the strategic and operational performance of the Axis and Allies in World War II. The essays focus on several instances of how military services developed new technology and weapons and incorporated them into their doctrine, organization, and styles of operations
Moment of battle : the twenty clashes that changed the world by Jim Lacey( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ATwo modern masters of military history make their case for the twenty most pivotal battles of all time, in a riveting trip through the ages to those moments when the fate of the world hung in the balance. -- American Midway, the ferocious World War II sea battle that broke the back of the Japanese navy Dien Bien Phu, the climactic confrontation between French imperial troops and Viet Minh rebels that led to American intervention in Vietnam and marked the rise of a new era of insurgent warfare Operation Peach, the perilous 2003 mission to secure a vital bridge over the Euphrates River that would open the way to Baghdad Historians and armchair generals will argue forever about which battles have had the most direct impact on history. But there can be no doubt that these twenty are among those that set mankind on new trajectories. Each of these epochal campaigns is examined in its full historical, strategic, and tactical context--complete with edge-of-your-seat you-are-there battle re-creations. With an eye for the small detail as well as the bigger picture, Lacey and Murray identify the elements that bind these battles together: the key decisions, critical mistakes, and moments of crisis on which the fates of entire civilizations depended. Some battles merely leave a field littered with the bodies of the fallen. Others transform the map of the entire world. -- "Two world-class historians present, eloquently and persuasively, twenty battles that fundamentally changed the course of history. -- --James D. Hornfischer, author of Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal From the Hardcover edition
War, strategy, and military effectiveness by Williamson Murray( )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of articles represents Professor Williamson Murray's efforts to elucidate the role that history should play in thinking about both the present and the future. They reflect three disparate themes in Professor Murray's work: his deep fascination with history and those who have acted in the past; his fascination with the similarities in human behavior between the past and the present; and his belief that the study of military and strategic history can be of real use to those who will confront the daunting problems of war and peace in the twenty-first century. The first group of essays addresses the relevance of history to an understanding of the present and to an understanding of the possibilities of the future. The second addresses the possible direct uses of history to think through the problems involved in the creation of effective military institutions. The final group represents historical case studies that serve to illuminate the present"--
America and the future of war : the past as prologue by Williamson Murray( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Williamson Murray examines the past to shed light on the present and future challenges between war and peace. The author offers a historical perspective to show that armed conflict between organized political groups has been mankind's constant companion and that America must remain prepared to use its military power to deal with an unstable, uncertain, and fractious world. The character of war appears to be changing at an increasingly rapid pace with the scientific advances providing new and more complex weapons, means of production, communications, and sensors, all capable of altering the character of the battle space in an unexpected fashion. Murray warns that our responsibility as a great power demands that we recognize the nature of the world; where force. power, and war remain a driving factor of international relations, in which we live
The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Korean and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study aims to bridge a gap in the literature on revolutions in military affairs, suggesting that there have been two very different phenomena at work over the past centuries - military revolutions and revolutions in military affairs
War in the air, 1914-45 by Williamson Murray( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and German and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores how airplanes were used in World War I and World War II
The Iran-Iraq War : a military and strategic history by Williamson Murray( Book )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Iran-Iraq War is one of the largest, yet least documented conflicts in the history of the Middle East. Drawing from an extensive cache of captured Iraqi government records, this book is the first comprehensive military and strategic account of the war through the lens of the Iraqi regime and its senior military commanders. It explores the rationale and decision-making processes that drove the Iraqis as they grappled with challenges that, at times, threatened their existence. Beginning with the bizarre lack of planning by the Iraqis in their invasion of Iran, the authors reveal Saddam's desperate attempts to improve the competence of an officer corps that he had purged to safeguard its loyalty to his tyranny, and then to weather the storm of suicidal attacks by Iranian religious revolutionaries. This is a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the history of war and the contemporary Middle East
Luftwaffe by Williamson Murray( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dr. Murray's book provides a detailed analytical study of the development of the Luftwaffe. The author takes an in-depth look at the "easy war" (1939-40) and the turn toward Russia in Operation Barbarossa. Dr. Murray investigates the war of attrition from 1942 through early 1944 and the reasons for the final demise of the Luftwaffe from April through September 1944"--Publisher's description
Military effectiveness by Allan Reed Millett( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This three volume study examines the questions rasied by the performance of the military institutions of France, Germany, Russia, the USA, Great Britain, Japan and Italy in the period from 1914 to 1945. Leading military historians deal with the different national approaches to war and military power at the tactical, operational, strategic and political levels. They form the basis for a fundamental re-examination of how military organizations have performed in the first half of the twentieth century. These volumes will be invaluable for military historians and social scientists in the examination of national security and military issues. They will also be essential reading for future military readers at Staff and War Colleges." --Dust jacket
Hybrid warfare : fighting complex opponents from the ancient world to the present by Williamson Murray( )

14 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hybrid warfare has been an integral part of the historical landscape since the ancient world, but only recently have analysts, incorrectly, categorized these conflicts as unique. Great powers throughout history have confronted opponents who used a combination of regular and irregular forces to negate the advantage of the great powers' superior conventional military strength. As this study shows, hybrid wars are labor-intensive and long-term affairs; they are difficult struggles that defy the domestic logic of opinion polls and election cycles. Hybrid wars are also the most likely conflicts of the twenty-first century, as competitors use hybrid forces to wear down America's military capabilities in extended campaigns of exhaustion. Nine historical examples of hybrid warfare, from ancient Rome to the modern world, provide readers with context by clarifying the various aspects of conflicts and examining how great powers have dealt with them in the past
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A war to be won : fighting the Second World War
The Iraq War : a military historyThe making of peace : rulers, states, and the aftermath of warConflicting currents : Japan and the United States in the PacificThe past as prologue : the importance of history to the military professionThe shaping of grand strategy : policy, diplomacy, and warThe Making of strategy : rulers, states, and warMilitary innovation in the interwar periodWar, strategy, and military effectiveness
Alternative Names
Murray, Williamson

Williamson Murray Amerikaans historicus

Williamson Murray historiador estadounidense

Williamson Murray historiador estauxunidense

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ويليامسون موراي مؤرخ من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

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머레이, 윌리엄슨 1941-



マ-レ-, ウィリアムソン 1941-

マーレー, ウィリアムソン

マーレイ, ウィリアムソン

默里, 威廉森