A History Of Strategy Chapter 2

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A History Of Strategy Chapter 2

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which two writers of classical antiquity does van Creveld describe as being "too inclined towards the legendary, the supernatural, and the moralistic" for modern scientific tastes?
    • A. 

      Xenophon and Polybius

    • B. 

      Thucydides and Sallust

    • C. 

      Herodotus and Livy

    • D. 

      Caesar and Josephus

  • 2. 
    What is absolutely vital in military science, as demonstrated by Aeneas the Tactitian in the fourth century BC?
    • A. 

      Technology

    • B. 

      Morale

    • C. 

      A systematic approach

    • D. 

      Attention to detail

  • 3. 
    What is the main subject of Asclepiodotus's Outline of Tactics?
    • A. 

      The Macedonian brigade

    • B. 

      The Greek phalanx

    • C. 

      The Roman legion

    • D. 

      The Persian regiment

  • 4. 
    Of what was Onasander, the author of Strategikos, primarily a student?
    • A. 

      Philosophy

    • B. 

      Theology

    • C. 

      Medicine

    • D. 

      War

  • 5. 
    What does van Creveld say is the best translation for the Strategemata?
    • A. 

      Strategic games

    • B. 

      Tricks of the trade

    • C. 

      Tactical philosophy

    • D. 

      Operational art

  • 6. 
    Who did Machiavelli consider indispensable?
    • A. 

      Vegetius

    • B. 

      Valentian

    • C. 

      Maurice

    • D. 

      Frontinus

  • 7. 
    To which Byzantine emperor is the Strategikon attributed?
    • A. 

      Maurice

    • B. 

      Belisarius

    • C. 

      Leo the Wise

    • D. 

      Constantine

  • 8. 
    What was the preferred form of military literature of the barbarians of Western Europe?
    • A. 

      Epic poems

    • B. 

      Descriptive haiku

    • C. 

      Narrative songs

    • D. 

      Expostulatory chants

  • 9. 
    What is an important difference between the military works of classical antiquity and the Chinese classics?
    • A. 

      They are focused on tactics rather than strategy.

    • B. 

      They do not provide a coherent philosophy of war.

    • C. 

      They are written by theorists with no experience of war.

    • D. 

      They do not provide any meaningful advice for modern generals.

  • 10. 
    What remained, for over a thousand years, the most popular military handbook of all?
    • A. 

      Commentarii by Caesar

    • B. 

      Strategikon by Maurice

    • C. 

      Epitome Rei Militaris by Vegetius

    • D. 

      Strategemata by Frontinus