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This detailed and comprehensive book offers the first modern biography of Helmuth Von Moltke, a major progenitor of the processes modern great powers use to engage in large-scale warfare. Drawing upon the author's own previously published works, Moltke, Schlieffen and Prussian War Planningand Moltke and the German Wars, 1864-1871, it also contains original research. The volume suggests that the General Staff was a pioneer of what became known in the twentieth century as 'operations research', establishing some of the framework for the modern economics of transportation. However, Moltke was much more than just a Prussian soldier and strategist. He was a best-selling author (travel writings, love letters), pioneer cartographer (Asia Minor, Rome, Silesia), dedicated lover and devoted husband, legislator, linguist, family leader, music lover, and spa devotee. Helmuth Von Moltkewill appeal to students of military history and strategy, as well as historians of nineteenth century Germany.
Table of Contents
1. Family 2. Youth and Education, 1890-1819 3. Profession, 1819-1835 3.1 Danish Army 3.2 Prussian Army 4. Ottoman Empire, 1835-1839 5. Marriage, Corps Chief of Staff and Royal Duties, 1840-1856 6. Chief of the General Staff, 1857-88 6.1 Six Years of Peace, 1857-1863 6.2 Three Wars in Seven Years, 1864-1871 6.3 Seventeen Years of Peace, 1871-1888 7. Moltke in Retirement, 1888-1891 7.1 Kreisau and Berlin 7.2 Legislator in Reichstag and Herrenhaus 8. Death and Transfiguration 9. Legacy: Imperial Germany to the Great War 10. Bibliographical Essay