The Challenge of Change: Military Institutions and New Realities, 1918-1941

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The Challenge of Change examines how military institutions attempted to meet the demands of the new strategic, political, and technological realities of the turbulent era between the First and Second World Wars. The contributors chose France, Germany, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the United States as focus countries because their military institutions endeavored to develop both the material capacity and the conceptual framework for the conduct of modern industrialized warfare on a continental scale.
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Focusing on France, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States, these six essays examine how military institutions attempted to meet the demands of the new strategic, political, and technological realities of the era between the world wars. An introductory chapter describes the intellectual and practical challenges facing the military reformer in peacetime, and a conclusion sets the themes of the other essays in an interpretive, historiographical context. Contributors include military officers, military analysts, and historians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
National Security Studies Quarterly
"The Challenge of Change will prove useful to military historians, but is also relevant to a wide range of scholars, policy makers, and those in the private sector interested in discovering what allows complex organizations to successfully adapt to their environment."—National Security Studies Quarterly
"The Challenge of Change should be mandatory reading for senior military officers and defense analysts as the United States redesigns its military forces and doctrine to face the challenges of the 21st century."—Parameters
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803298354
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: Studies in War, Society, and the Military Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Both editors are on the faculty of the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Harold R. Winton is professor of military history and theory. He is the author of To Change an Army: General Sir John Burnett-Stuart and British Armored Doctrine, 1927–1938. David R. Mets is professor of technology and innovation. He is the author of several books, including The Air Campaign: John Warden and the Classical Airpower Theorists.
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