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dc.contributor.advisorRichards, Raymond
dc.contributor.authorRanger, Gareth A.
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-05T03:38:32Z
dc.date.available2014-02-05T03:38:32Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationRanger, G. A. (2013). Game Theory in a Napoleonic Context: Establishing Napoleon’s Utility and Application to the 1805 War of the Third Coalition (Thesis, Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/8475en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/8475
dc.description.abstractGame theory has existed in the fields of mathematics and economics for over 60 years. This thesis assesses its viability for use in the field of history, and in particular, in the Napoleonic era. It does this by analysing the opening phase of the 1805 War of the Third Coalition, fought between France and the Allies. It starts by examining the existing literature on game theory in the Napoleonic era. It then analyses game theory in order to extract concepts from the theory that have value in a military setting. Third, it makes use of primary and secondary sources to define Napoleon Bonaparte’s motivational drives. Finally, it uses these drives and game theory in order to assess whether Napoleon’s opening strategy in the War of the Third Coalition was the best strategy to select. The study finds that his utility was influenced by a core drive: narcissism, and by his primary drives: ‘thirst for power’, ‘elimination of boredom’, immortality, and glory. It also concludes that ‘opportunism’ affected his decision making processes. The study found that Napoleon selected his opening strategy in the War of the Third Coalition with precision, and that game theory is limited in its current state, but that, despite this, it has value for the study of history.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Waikato
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dc.subjectgame theory
dc.subjectNapoleon Bonaparte
dc.subjectWar of the Third Coalition
dc.subjectUlm Campaign
dc.subject1805
dc.subjectNapoleonic
dc.subjectmotivation
dc.subjectprimary drive
dc.subjectpsychology
dc.subjecthistory
dc.subjectimmortality
dc.subjectglory
dc.subjectmilitary strategy
dc.subjectstrategy
dc.subjectdecision
dc.subjectdecisions
dc.subjectdecision making
dc.subjectdictator
dc.subjectgareth ranger
dc.subjectutility
dc.subjectzero-sum
dc.subjectwar
dc.subjectpolitics
dc.subjectFrench revolution
dc.subjectNapoleon
dc.subjectAustria
dc.subjectWellington
dc.titleGame Theory in a Napoleonic Context: Establishing Napoleon's Utility and Application to the 1805 War of the Third Coalition
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Waikato
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Social Sciences (MSocSc)
dc.date.updated2013-08-28T01:09:24Z
pubs.place-of-publicationHamilton, New Zealanden_NZ


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