From the Editors

  • Abel Esterhuyse Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University
  • Ian Liebenberg Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University


The military profession, like the scholarly one, faces the dualisticconundrum of learning from the past in an effort to shape future reality. Thequestion is not only how to balance the study of history with concerns of, in manycases, the unpredictable, foreseeable future. It is also a matter of how to study bothhistory (in an effort to draw the right lessons from past experience) andcontemporary trends (to temper our expectations of the future). Historically,informed guesswork governed by what Colin Gray refers to as the ‘golden rule ofprudence’ is the best way to ‘gamble’ with the future and ensure that plans are notonly governed by hope.1 As editors of a journal on military studies our challenge isalways to find a careful balance in the content between looking at what hashappened and what is due to influence future strategic and tactical realities.
How to Cite
Esterhuyse, A., & Liebenberg, I. (2013). From the Editors. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 41(2).
From the Editors