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The Campaigns of Alexander the Great

Lonsdale, David J.


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Dr David Lonsdale
Senior Lecturer/ Programme Director, BA War Studies/ Programme Director, MA Strategy and International Security


John Andreas Olsen

Colin S. Gray


By the time of his death in 323 BC, Alexander the Great had added the Persian Empire to Macedon's European territories, thus controlling most of the world as known to the ancient Greeks. In Chapter 1, David J. Lonsdale examines Alexander's campaigns from the early conflicts in Greece and the Balkans through his conquests in Persia, his expedition into India and his eventual return to Babylon. Alexander at times applied non-military instruments of what we today would refer to as grand strategy, showing sensitivity to religious, cultural, and societal factors, and at other times acted with brute force, slaughtering inhabitants, or selling them into slavery. He proved himself successful in setpiece battles as well as irregular warfare, often engaging the enemy indirectly and with inferior numbers. In the end, his success depended on his ability to combine the tactical, operational, and strategic and grand strategic levels of war.


Lonsdale, D. J. (2011). The Campaigns of Alexander the Great. In J. A. Olsen, & C. S. Gray (Eds.), The Practice of Strategy: From Alexander the Great to the Present (15-35). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Online Publication Date Jan 19, 2012
Publication Date Oct 27, 2011
Deposit Date Dec 19, 2014
Journal The Practice of Strategy: From Alexander the Great to the Present
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 15-35
Book Title The Practice of Strategy: From Alexander the Great to the Present
Chapter Number 1
ISBN 9780199608638
Keywords REF 2014 submission; Alexander the Great; Darius; Macedonia; Strategy; War; Campaign; Insurgency; Military genius
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