War is the realm of uncertainty
Nations that revel in the conduct of war for its own sake seldom survive.
The determining factors in the outcome of warfare are as varied as the root causes themselves. But determination to see it through, to vanquish one's enemy, is paramount.
In exploring the root of human conflict throughout history one cannot ignore the power of belief in a nation's or an individual's particular cause.
How often does human conflict, absent more compelling causes, stem from simple cultural misunderstanding?
The study of military history is useful in many regards, as long as we don't lose sight of the fact that war, in the end, is about killing people and destroying things.
Warfare is often predicated on unwavering belief in the spiritual or political righteousness of one's individual cause.
Successful military operations depend on thorough planning and fall apart under poorly reasoned assumptions
The eyewitness accounts and images from wars past offer insight into the the hows and whys of human conflict.
As military theorist Carl von Clausewitz succinctly put it, “War is the province of chance.”
Victory in battle is one thing, but can there be clear-cut victory in the shadowy, ongoing war on terror?
The starting guns of war may sound out clearly, but the causes that lead to combat are often more complicated and random.
The postwar "blame game" is a simplistic way to form order out of chaos, but it ultimately leads to a distortion of the complicated, real-life history of what happened.
Military history is not just a chronicle of organized violence; it is also a history of the development of human organizations and the effects of ideas on human behavior.
A good historian makes a concerted effort to relate facts, and the proof often lies in the back of the book.
The best way to understand history is to place yourself on the very ground where historic events occurred.