The Encyclopedia of War

The Encyclopedia of War

Online ISBN: 9781444338232

DOI: 10.1002/9781444338232


I would like to thank all of those involved in this hugely ambitious, invigorating, and complicated undertaking. It has been our aim to provide all those interested in warfare – students, researchers, and general readers – with reliable and informative introductions to the most important concepts, themes, people, and events connected with this subject. When I was asked to take on the role of Editor in- Chief, I thought that 1.5 million words stretching over five volumes was a lot – but I soon realized that many difficult decisions had to be made concerning what we would include, and how much space we could allot to any given entry. In making these choices I was greatly assisted by our distinguished team of Advisory Editors. We were guided by the principles that people and events ought to be included when they played a significant part in shaping the nature of warfare, while longer entries ought to provide thoughtful and illuminating essays on more general topics. These were not easy decisions, and we had many interesting discussions along the way; no doubt the discussion will continue upon publication.

Once the initial list of entries had been agreed upon, an additional editorial team – the Contributing Editors – was added. Here a wide array of distinguished specialists able to cover the broad spectrum of warfare, over all time and in all places, were persuaded to provide further input on the choice of entries and to contribute articles themselves. Along with the Advisory Editors, the Contributing Editors undertook the bulk of the work involved in the process of peer reviewing. Their contributions to this project have been invaluable, and I am deeply grateful to both our Contributing and Advisory Editors for their dedication, perseverance, patience, and expertise.

I should also like to thank all of those who contributed articles for their willingness to do so. And, finally, I wish to thank my “support team” at Wiley-Blackwell. First and foremost, our project manager, Sophie Oliver, provided vital assistance in enabling contributors and editors to grapple with the process of online submission and review. Her tact and good humor were appreciated not only by me, but by all of our contributors and editors. In addition to Sophie, Brigitte Lee Messenger was responsible for overseeing the enormous work involved in copyediting entries; Jane Taylor undertook much of the picture research; Gillian Kane handled contractual matters; and Barbara Duke oversaw the production process. My sincere thanks to all of them. And, finally, this project was the brainchild of Tessa Harvey who, as always, demonstrated her professionalism and commitment to excellence throughout.

Gordon Martel