What We Are Reading Today: The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire, by A. Wess Mitchell

Updated 02 July 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire, by A. Wess Mitchell

A study in adaptive statecraft, The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire offers lessons on how to navigate a messy geopolitical map, stand firm without the advantage of military predominance, and prevail against multiple rivals.

Author A. Wess Mitchell is former president of the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington. His books include The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power (Princeton). Wess Mitchell currently serves at the US Department of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

“In this very accomplished book, A. Wess Mitchell shows how the Habsburgs successfully managed and outlasted numerous great power challenges across multiple fronts and with limited resources — and how the Habsburg model can usefully inform American strategy today,” says Colin Dueck, author of  “The Obama Doctrine: American Grand Strategy Today,” in comments published in the Princeton University Press website. “A worthy contribution to existing literature on the grand strategies of historic great powers,” said Dueck.

Eliot A. Cohen, another prominent author, commented: “An extremely important and well-researched book. It represents a major contribution to the study of the Habsburg Empire and statecraft more broadly.”


The Six: World-famous authors at Emirates Literature Festival

The Emirates Literature Festival is set to run from March 1-9, 2019. (Shutterstock)
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The Six: World-famous authors at Emirates Literature Festival

DUBAI: Set to run from March 1-9, 2019, the festival boats a stellar lineup of authors, including these famous faces.

Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin is best known for his “Inspector Rebus” detective series, the 22nd of which, “In a House of Lies,” was published in 2018. He is set to speak on stage on March 8 and 9.

Jane Hawking
Stephen Hawking’s wife for more than twenty years, Jane Hawking is a writer and lecturer. Her 2002 memoir, “Traveling to Infinity,” was turned into the critically-acclaimed 2015 movie, “The Theory of Everything.”

Frank Gardner
The renowned British correspondent was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to journalism in 2005 and is set to give a talk on March 9.

Zeina Hashem Beck
The Lebanese poet’s most recent collection, “Louder than Hearts,” won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.

Aziz Mohammed
The Saudi writer and poet published his debut novel, “The Critical Case of ‘K’,” in 2017 and it was shortlisted for the International Prize for the Arabic Fiction in 2018.

Dubai Abulhoul Alfalasi
The author of “Galagolia,” the first Emirati fantasy novel in English, she is currently writing a series of children’s books on Emirati folklore.