War Made New Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World

ISBN-10: 1592403158

ISBN-13: 9781592403158

Edition: N/A

Authors: Max Boot

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A monumental, groundbreaking work, now in paperback, that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield Combining gripping narrative history with wide-ranging analysis, War Made Newfocuses on four revolutions in military affairs and describes how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-guided air strikes have remade the field of battleand shaped the rise and fall of empires. War Made Newbegins with the Gunpowder Revolution and explains warfares evolution from ritualistic, drawn-out engagements to much deadlier events, precipitating the rise of the modern nation-state. He next explores the triumph of steel and steam during the Industrial Revolution, showing how it powered the spread of European colonial empires. Moving into the twentieth century and the Second Industrial Revolution, Boot examines three critical clashes of World War II to illustrate how new technology such as the tank, radio, and airplane ushered in terrifying new forms of warfare and the rise of centralized, and even totalitarian, world powers. Finally, Boot focuses on the Gulf War, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the Iraq Wararguing that even as cutting-edge technologies have made America the greatest military power in world history, advanced communications systems have allowed decentralized, irregular forces to become an increasingly significant threat.
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

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Prologue: The Blitzkrieg of 1494
Introduction: Revolutions in Military Affairs
The Gunpowder Revolution
The Rise of the Gunpowder Age
Sail and Shot: The Spanish Armada, July 31-September 21, 1588
Missile and Muscle: Breitenfeld and Lutzen, September 17, 1631-November 16, 1632
Flintlocks and Forbearance: Assaye, September 23, 1803
The Consequences of the Gunpowder Revolution
The First Industrial Revolution
The Rise of the Industrial Age
Rifles and Railroads: Koniggratz, July 3, 1866
Maxim Guns and Dum Dums: Omdurman, September 2, 1898
Steel and Steam: Tsushima, May 27-28, 1905
The Consequences of the Industrial Revolution
The Second Industrial Revolution
The Rise of the Second Industrial Age
Tanks and Terror: France, May 10-June 22, 1940
Flattops and Torpedoes: Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941
Superfortresses and Firebombs: Tokyo, March 9-10, 1945
The Consequences of the Second Industrial Revolution
The Information Revolution
The Rise of the Information Age
Precision and Professionalism: Kuwait and Iraq, January 17-February 28, 1991
Special Forces and Horses: Afghanistan, October 7-December 6, 2001
Humvees and IEDs: Iraq, March 20, 2003-May 1, 2005
The Consequences of the Information Revolution
Revolutions Past, Present, Future
Revolutions to Come
Epilogue: Five Hundred Years and Counting: What the Past Teaches About the Future
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Notes
Index
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