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From: Kuehn, John Dr CIV USA TRADOC <email@example.com> Subject: RE: REPLY: Sources "Do Great Men Win Wars" (2) (UNCLASSIFIED) Date: March 26, 2010 10:08:20 AM EDT To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Wyatt Reader wrote: " It has always been a view of my own, that different personalities make a difference not only in how wars are conducted, but also in their outcome." Personalities count. Emphasis on the plural. A simply taxonomy (each followed by an example): Individual agency - personality/character - William Moffett Organizational agency - subculture/shared ethos - Bureau of Aeronautics Institutional agency - institutional culture/norms are what Douglass North calls societies' "rules of the game" - US Navy This approach, by the way is called "levels of analysis" and all credit for any coherence in it should go to Mark D. Mandeles. Any incoherence comes from yours truly. Best, John  Mark D. Mandeles, _Military Transformation Past and Present: Historical Lessons for the 21st Century_ (Praeger, 2007), 1-5. John T. Kuehn, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Military History Department of Military History U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, KS "Present preparedness must not be sacrificed to an illusory future readiness. National emergencies cannot be foreseen and must be met by existing forces." The General Board of the Navy, January 1933 -----Original Message----- From: H-NET Military History Discussion List [mailto:H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Scott Hendrix Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 4:27 PM To: H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU Subject: REPLY: Sources "Do Great Men Win Wars" (2) 1st Reply From: Rota, Giorgio <Giorgio.Rota@oeaw.ac.at> Subject: RE: QUERY: Sources "Do Great Men Win Wars" Date: March 23, 2010 7:11:04 AM EDT To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Perhaps he might start from John Keegan's "The mask of command", which is easily accessible and clearly written. Best regards, Giorgio Rota 2nd Reply From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: QUERY: Sources "Do Great Men Win Wars": Influence of Individuals oon Wars Date: March 22, 2010 11:10:12 PM EDT To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Reply-To: email@example.com -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: "Do Great Men Win Wars" Date: March 22, 2010 3:37:43 PM EDT To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU> This takes the question in a slilghtly different direction. While your looking for texts on the subject, would like to suggest something else. It has always been a view of my own, that different personalities make a difference not only in how wars are conducted, but also in their outcome. If you do not believe that individual's character makes a difference, perhaps you should consider 1..if all persons, regardless of character, treat war the same and 2...when can one say, the qualities of an opponent are different than those of one's own. That is, perhaps all wars should be fought exactly the same; most persons would, I suspect, disagree. Therein could be found part of the answer as to both what Great means and do the same win wars rather than losing them ? Quite likely, it goes even deeper. Wyatt Reader UCLA___Whittier College Hi all: A young relative in England is doing a college essay with the topic of "Do great men win wars?" and asked me for sources that might get into this subject. He is going to concentrate on leaders during WWII (Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, FDR), and I have already suggested that he'll need to define "great" as a comparative criteria. Since the essay is due next week, I hesitate to recommend books that might have only snippets of discussion of leadership. Do any of you know of easily accessible books or articles that tackle the question, especially in a World War II context? (And hopefully helping my cousin with sources may lead to an interesting H-War discussion on great men winning wars!) Thanks in advance, Michelle Krowl Assistant Professor, Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, Virginia email@example.com ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----