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Oxford History of Modern War

ISBN-10: 0192806459
ISBN-13: 9780192806451
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
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Description: According to General J.F.C. Fuller, "the musket made the infantryman and the infantryman made the democrat." In short, modern war and modern society are inextricably linked. But how has war changed over the centuries? This highly informative and  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 428
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

According to General J.F.C. Fuller, "the musket made the infantryman and the infantryman made the democrat." In short, modern war and modern society are inextricably linked. But how has war changed over the centuries? This highly informative and engaging work investigates the techniques, technology, and theory of warfare. From the military revolution of the seventeenth century to the present day battalion of high-tech weaponry and satellite technology, expert contributors explore major developments and themes, including air and sea warfare, combat experience, technology, and opposition to war. Specific topics include the extraordinary achievements of Napoleon's armies, the role of nationalism in battlegrounds, colonial wars, and the concept of "total war." One thought-provoking essay points out that today's armies face an range of low-intensity conflicts--from civil protests to domestic terrorism--that can not be won by any purely military approach. As a result, the military professionalism that evolved to foster modern war is beginning to erode. Highlighting a wide range of information with expert insights and historical analysis, The Oxford History of Modern War leaves no aspect of modern warfare unexplored. This volume will fascinate everyone from casual readers and history buffs, to scholars, political thinkers, and historians.

List of Plates
List of Contributors
The Evolution of Modern War
Introduction: The Shape of Modern War
The Military Revolution I: The Transition to Modern Warfare
The Military Revolution II: Eighteenth-Century War
The Nation in Arms I: The French Wars
The Nation in Arms II: The Nineteenth Century
Imperial Wars: From the Seven Years War to the First World War
Total War I: The Great War
Total War II: The Second World War
Cold War
People's War
Elements of Modern War
Technology and War I: To 1945
Battle: The Experience of Modern Combat
Sea Warfare
Air Warfare
War and the People: The Social Impact of Total War
Women and War
Against War
Technology and War II: From Nuclear Stalemate to Terrorism
Further Reading
Chronology
Index

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