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The Short Victorious War

Title Summary

  • Series:Honorverse (Honor Harrington)
  • First Release:April 01, 1994


The families who rule the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble. The treasury's empty, the Proles are restless, and civil war is imminent.

But the ruling class knows what they need to keep in power: a "short victorious war" to unite the people and fill the treasury once more. It's a card they've played often in the last half-century, always successfully, and all that stands in their way is the Star Kingdom of Manticore and its threadbare allies: enemies in the past who have always backed down.

Only this time the Peeps face something different. This time they're up against Captain Honor Harrington and a Royal Manticoran Navy that's prepared to give them a war that's far from short—or victorious.

Title Dedication

  • “What this country needs is a short, victorious War to stem the tide of revolution.”

    V.K. Plehve, Russian Minister of the Interior to General A.N. Kuropatkin, Minister of War, 200 Ante-Diaspora (1903 C.E.) , on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War


    “The belief in the possibility of a short decisive War appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.”

    Robert Lynd (224-154 Ante-Diaspora)