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Strategic Culture and Ways of War: Elusive Fiction or Essential Concept?

By F.G. Hoffman | Review Essay | Naval War College Review | March 01, 2017

This review essay appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of the Naval War College Review in March 2017.

Is there such a thing as “strategic culture” and a distinctive “American way of war”? What defines this supposedly unique approach to warfare? What elements or habits comprise this approach, and how has it been applied over the course of time? Do other countries have strategic cultures that shape how they plan and conduct strategy, and how they plan to conduct war? In this provocative and aggressively argued book, the author explores these critical questions.

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