Hans Delbruck was perhaps the first, and certainly one of the most important, military historians of modern times. His four-volume History of the Art of War, recently translated and still in print after nearly a century, was his monumental work. Bucholz has, however, collected some of his most important essays and journalism, introducing them with a compact but complete biography. Delbruck engaged in a heated dispute with the German General Staff after World War I, hotly contesting the mistaken belief that Germany had succumbed to a "stab in the back," and arguing that Germany's professional military leadership had made fatal errors in strategy during that war. He died, isolated and besieged, but a hero to those who believe in the utility and legitimacy of critical, scholarly civilian analysis of military affairs.
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