Prominent British military historian and strategist.

September 2010

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources 
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Enter "Basil Liddell Hart" to locate biographical information from several respected reference sources.

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. 
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The former private library of Liddell Hart forms an integral part of the resources, covering a range of military history topics from the late nineteenth century onwards, including over 700 collections of papers from senior defence personnel.

Internet Resources (Student Research)

Natsis, Anna.  Sir Basil H. Liddell Hart and the Gulf War.  Washington, DC, National War College, 1993.  10 p.
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Otto, Bob.  Operation Allied Force:  Bringing Liddell Hart Full Circle.  Washington, DC, National War College, 2000.  16 p.
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Addington, Larry H.  Patterns of War since the Eighteenth Century.  2nd ed.  Bloomington, IN, Indiana University Press, 1994.  360 p.
See index for references to Liddell Hart.
Book call no.:  355.00903 A224p 1994

Bassford, Christopher.  Clausewitz in English:  the Reception of Clausewitz in Britain and America, 1815-1945.  New York, Oxford University Press, 1994.  293 p.
J.F.C. Fuller and Basil Liddell Hart, pp. 128-143.
Book call no.:  355.020941 B319c

Blumenson, Martin and Stokesbury, James L.  Masters of the Art of Command.  Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1975.  393 p.
Liddell Hart, pp 220-229.
Book call no.:  923.573 B658m

Bond, Brian.  Liddell Hart:  A Study of His Military Thought.  New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers University Press, 1977.  289 p.
Book call no.:  355 B711L

Current Biography.  New York, H. W. Wilson, 1940.  916 p.
Liddell Hart, pp 501-502.
Book call no.:  920.02 C976 1940

Danchev, Alex.  Alchemist of War:  The Life of Basil Liddell Hart.  London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998.  369 p.
Book call no.:  92 L712d

Dictionary of National Biography.  London, Oxford University Press, 1981.  1178 p.
Liddell Hart, pp. 493-495.
Book call no.:  920.042 D554 Sup.8 1961-1970

Earle, Edward Mead.  Makers of Modern Strategy:  Military Thought from Machiavelli to Hitler.  Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 1943.  553 p.
Maginot and Liddell Hart:  The Doctrine of Defense, by Irving M. Gibson, pp 365-387.
Book call no.:  355.09 Ea7m

Gat, Azar.  A History of Military Thought:  From the Enlightenment to the Cold War.  Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2001.  890 p.
Book III, Part II:  Liddell Hart, Modern and "Post-Modern" Strategy, pp. 643-828.
Book III originally published as Fascist and Liberal Visions of War:  Fuller, Liddell Hart, Douhet, and Other Modernists, 1998.
Book call no.:  355.02 G358h

Higham, Robin.  The Military Intellectuals in Britain:  1918-1939.  Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 1981.  267 p.
B. H. Liddell Hart, pp 82-109.
Book call no.:  355.0942 H638m 1981

Howard, Michael.  The Causes of War and Other Essays.  Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 248 p.
Liddell Hart, pp. 198-207.
Book call no.:  355.02 H851ca

Howard, Michael.  Studies in War and Peace.  Hampshire, England, 1991.  262 p.
The Classical Strategists, pp 154-183.
Originally published:  London:  M.T. Smith, 1970.
Book call no.:  355.48 H851s 1991

Kunitz, Stanley J.  Twentieth Century Authors.  New York, Wilson, 1955.  1123 p.
Liddell Hart, p. 581.
Book call no.:  920.01 K96t Sup 1955

Liddell Hart, Basil H.  Defence of the West:  Some Riddles of War and Peace.  London, Cassell, 1950.  390 p.
See also other editions:  355 L62d 1950a and 355 L62d 1970.
Book call no.:  355 L62d

Liddell Hart, Basil H.  Deterrent or Defence, a Fresh Look at the West's Military Position.  New York, Praeger, 1960.  257 p.
Book call no.:  355 L62da

Liddell Hart, Basil H.  Paris or the Future of War.  New York, Garland, 1972.  86 p.
Book call no.:  355.43 L712p

Liddell Hart, Basil H.  The Revolution in Warfare.  New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 1947.  125 p.
Book call no.:  355 L62re

Liddell Hart, Basil H.  Strategy.  2nd rev. ed.  New York, Penguin Books, 1991.  426 p.
Original title:  The Decisive Wars of History, a Study in Strategy.
Book call no.:  355.48 L712d 1991

Liddell Hart, Basil H.  Thoughts on War.  London, Faber and Faber, 1944.  327 p.
Book call no.:  355 L712t

Liddell Hart, Basil H.  Why Don't We Learn from History?  London, George Allen and Unwin, 1946.  64 p.
Book call no.:  901 L712w

Luvaas, Jay.  The Education of an Army:  British Military Thought, 1815-1940.  Chicago, University of Chicago, 1964.  454 p.
The Captain Who Teaches the Generals, pp 376-432.
Book call no.:  923.542 L976e

Makers of Modern Strategy:  Military Thought from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age, edited by Peter Paret and others.  Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 1986.  941 p.
Liddell Hart and De Gaulle:  The Doctrines of Limited Liability and Mobile Defense, by Brian Bond and Martin Alexander, pp 598-623.
Book call no.:  355.02 M235 1986

Mearsheimer, John J.  Liddell Hart and the Weight of History.  Ithaca, NY, Cornell University Press, 1988.  234 p.
Book call no.:  355.00904 M483L

Reid, Brian Holden.  Studies in British Military Thought:  Debates with Fuller and Liddell Hart.  Lincoln, NE, University of Nebraska Press, 1988.  287 p.
Book call no.:  355.02 R353s

Strategic Studies:  A Reader, edited by Thomas G. Mahnken and Joseph A. Maiolo.  New York, Routledge, 2008.  450 p.
Strategy:  The Indirect Approach, by Basil Liddell Hart, pp. 82-85.
Book call no.:  355.02 S8984

The Theory and Practice of War, edited by Michael Howard.  Bloomington, IN, Indiana University Press, 1975.  374 p.
Liddell Hart and the French Army, 1919-1939, by General d'Armee Andre Beaufre, pp 129-141.
Liddell Hart and the British Army, 1919-1939, by General Sir Frederick Pile, pp 167-183.
Book call no.:  355.0r H851t 2975

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Documents (Student Research)

Kruegler, Christopher.  Liddell Hart and the Concept of Civilian-Based Defense.  Syracuse, NY, 1984.  186 p.  (Thesis, PhD. Syracuse University, Syracuse)
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43567-166

McNamara, P. J.  Liddell Hart's Indirect Approach and Its Application to the Gulf War.  [Washington, DC], National War College, 1991.  9 p.
Also available online at:
Doc. call no.:  M-U 42279-26 M169L

Palsokar, Ravindra.  Modern Application of Liddell Hart's Doctrine on Infantry Tactics.  Fort Leavenworth, KS, Army Command and General Staff College, June 1983.  95 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 42022 P182m

Swenson, Gary G.  The Concept of Command Leadership in the Military Classics:  B. H. Liddell Hart.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, April 1986.  35 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43122 S9742c

Thompson, Philip S.  U.S. Army Deception Planning at the Operational Level of War.  Fort Leavenworth, KS, Army Command and General Staff College, March 1991.  45 p.
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Doc. call no.:  M-U 42022-2 T475u

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Atkinson, James.  Liddell Hart and Warfare of the Future.  Military Affairs 29:161-163 Winter 1965-1966.

Award of Chesney Gold Medals (to MajGen J.F.C. Fuller and Capt B.H. Liddell Hart).  Royal United Service Institute Journal 109:68-72 February 1965.

Barnett, Correlli.  Basil Faulty? (Influence of Basil Liddell Hart on Military Thinking)  RUSI Journal 144:62-63 April-May 1999.
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Basil Liddell Hart, 74, Is Dead:  Military Theorist and Writer.  New York Times, p 42, January 30, 1970.
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Belote, Howard D.  Paralyze or Pulverize? Liddell Hart, Clausewitz, and Their Influence on Air Power Theory.  Strategic Review 27:40-46 Winter 1999.

Belote, Howard D.  Paralyzed or Pulverized? The Fall of the Republican Guard.  Joint Force Quarterly 37:40-45 Spring 2005.
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Ben-Moshe, Tuvia.  Liddell Hart and the Israel Defence Forces -- A Reappraisal.  Journal of Contemporary History 16:369-391 April 1981.

Blumenson, Martin and Stokesbury, James L.  The Captain Who Taught the Generals.  Army 20:59-63 April 1970.

Bond, Brian.  Liddell Hart's Influence on Israeli Military Theory and Practice.  RUSI Journal for Defence Studies 121:83-89 June 1976.

Bond, Brian.  Nuclear-Age Theories of Sir Basil Liddell Hart.  Military Review 50:10-20 August 1970.
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Bond, Brian.  Second Thoughts on War:  A Conversation with B. H. Liddell Hart.  Military Review 45:23-32 September 1965.
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Bond, Brian and Freedman, Lawrence.  Outsiders' Influence on Defence Policy.  RUSI Journal for Defence Studies 127:10-18 March 1982.

Danchev, Alex.  Liddell Hart and Manoeuvre.  RUSI Journal 143:33-35 December 1998.
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Danchev, Alex.  Liddell Hart and the Indirect Approach.  Journal of Military History 63, no. 3:313-337 1999.
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Davison, Kenneth L. Jr.  Clausewitz and the Indirect Approach--Misreading the Master.  Airpower Journal 2:42-52 Winter 1988.
Liddell Hart's evaluation of Clausewitz.
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Gat, Azar.  The Hidden Sources of Liddell Hart's Strategic Ideas.  War in History 3:293-308 July 1996.

Gunsberg, Jeffrey A.  Liddell Hart and Blitzkrieg!  Armor 83:26-30 March-April 1974.

Hackett, John.  Liddell Hart Memorial Address.  Royal United Services Institution Journal 115:37-38 September 1970.

Krause, Michael G.  Classical Strategists and the Indirect Approach.  Australian Defence Force Journal 119:17-20 July-August 1996.
This article discusses the principles of the indirect approach as described by Liddell Hart and Sun Tzu.

Larson, Robert H.  B. H. Liddell Hart:  Apostle of Limited War.  Military Affairs 44:70-74 April 1980.

Liddell Hart, Basil H.  Marines and Strategy.  Marine Corps Gazette 74:25-32 May 1990.
Reprinted from Marine Corps Gazette, July 1960 and January 1980.

Liddell Hart, Basil H.  Military Strategy vs. Common Sense.   The Saturday Review 39:7-8 March 3, 1956.

Liddell Hart, Basil H.  Some Lessons of the European Warfare.  Yale Review 34:405-426 March 1945.

Liddell Hart, Basil H.  Western Defense Planning.  Military Review 77:191-196 January-February 1997.
Reprinted from the June 1956 Military Review.
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Lord, David.  Liddell Hart and the Napoleonic Fallacy.  RUSI Journal 142:57-63 April 1997.
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Luvaas, Jay.  Liddell Hart and the Mearsheimer Critique:  A "Pupil's" Retrospective.  Parameters 20:9-19 March 1990.
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Mason, Richard A.  The Legacy of Liddell Hart.  Air Force Magazine 54:58-63 April 1971.

Mason, Richard A.  Sir Basil Liddell Hart and the Strategy of the Indirect Approach.  Royal United Service Institution Journal 115:37-41 June 1970.

Maxwell, James D.  The Art and Science of War Through the Lens of Contemporary Doctrine.  Armor and Cavalry Journal 1:43-46 May-June 2008.

Morelock, Jerry D.  The Legacy of Liddell Hart.  Military Review 66:65-75 May 1986.
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O'Neill, Robert J.  Liddell Hart Unveiled.  Army Quarterly & Defence Journal 120:7-19 January 1990.
Book review essay--Liddell Hart as seen through the eyes of works by and about him.

Pickett, George B. Jr.  Basil Liddell Hart:  Much to Say to the "Army of '76".  Army 26:29-33 April 1976.

Pogue, Forrest C.  Liddell Hart's Last Testament.  Air University Review 23:73-75 March-April 1972.
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Poole, J. B.  The Liddell Hart Wargame.  Army Quarterly and Defense Journal 109:42-47 January 1979.

Reid, Brian Holden.  J.F.C. Fuller and B.H. Liddell Hart--A Comparison:  Taken from '89 Lecture at the USA Command and General Staff College.  Military Review 70:64-73 May 1990.
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Reid, Brian Holden.  A Signpost That Was Missed? Reconsidering British Lessons from the American Civil War.  Journal of Military History 70:385-414 April 2006.
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Reid, Brian Holden.  Young Turks, or Not So Young? The Frustrated Quest of Major General J.F.C. Fuller and Captain B. H. Liddell Hart.  Journal of Military History 73:147-175 2009.
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Searle, Alaric.  A Very Special Relationship:  Basil Liddell Hart, Wermacht Generals and the Debate on West German Rearmament, 1945-1953.  War in History 5:327-357 1998.
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Speller, Ian.  Corbett, Liddell Hart and the 'British Way in Warfare' in the 1960s.  Defence Studies 8:227-239 July 2008.
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Swain, Richard.  B. H. Liddell Hart and the Creation of a Theory of War, 1919-1933.  Armed Forces and Society 17:35-51 Fall 1990.
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Thorne, I.D.P.  Interpretations:  Liddell Hart after Fifteen Years.  RUSI Journal for Defence Studies 130:48-51 December 1985.

Trythall, A.J. and Bond, Brian.  The Fuller-Liddell Hart Lecture.  RUSI Journal for Defence Studies 124:21-31 March 1979.

Walden, J. W.  Liddell Hart.  Military Review 34:32-45 September 1954.

Weller, Jac.  Sir Basil Liddell Hart's Disciples in Israel.  Military Review 54:13-23 January 1974.
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Wheeler, Michael O.  The Employment of Tactical Air Power:  A Study in the Theory of Strategy of Sir Basil H. Liddell Hart.  Air University Review 26:2-14 September-October 1975.
Reprinted in Asian Defense Journal no. 1:32+ January 1988.
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Yuen, Derek M. C.  Deciphering Sun Tzu.  Comparative Strategy 27:183-200 March 2008.
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