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No 866:
Une étude d'histoire militaire instruite par la Théorie des jeux et quelques amplifications Méthodologiques

Philippe Mongin ()

Abstract: The paper suggests that military history should be subjected to modelling based on the mathematical theories of rational choice, and especially the theory of games. This suggestion primarily concerns military events that have already been reported in narratives focusing on the agents' instrumental rationality, such as Clausewitz's narrative of the Waterloo campaign.

Keywords: military history; rational choice theories; game theory; zero-sum; two person games; analytical narrative; narrative; historical event; Napoléon; Blücher; Grouchy; Waterloo; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C02; C70; (follow links to similar papers)

52 pages, March 1, 2007

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