The Oxford History of Modern War

The Oxford History of Modern War

by Charles Townshend
     
 

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How has war shaped modern society and vice versa? How has it changed between the introduction of firearms and the invention of the atom bomb? How is war waged today? The Oxford History of Modern War examines the techniques, technology, and theory of war from the 'military revolution' of the seventeenth century to the present day, with fascinating thematic chapters

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How has war shaped modern society and vice versa? How has it changed between the introduction of firearms and the invention of the atom bomb? How is war waged today? The Oxford History of Modern War examines the techniques, technology, and theory of war from the 'military revolution' of the seventeenth century to the present day, with fascinating thematic chapters covering air and sea warfare, combat experience, women and war, and even opposition to war. The expert contributors explore major developments and themes, including the growth of modern military professionalism and mass armies, the extraordinary achievements of Napoleon's armies, the role of nationalism in battlegrounds as various as the American Civil War and the former Yugoslavia, colonial wars, the concept and reality of 'total war', and guerrilla warfare. This new and updated edition, with new chapters on 'people's war' and technology and war, brings the story into the twenty-first century, addressing the dilemmas faced by military strategists in confronting international terrorism and in the wake of the invasion of Iraq.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
This book, which is an excellent overview of the topic, consists of a series of well-integrated essays by various authors. Part I, entitled "The Evolution of Modern War," begins with certain changes in the Renaissance (but chiefly in the 18th century in the Seven Years War and French Revolution) that produced modern warfare. Part II, entitled "Elements of Modern War," has essays on technology, battle, sea warfare, the social impact of total war, women in war, and arguments against war. The book's Introduction synthesizes its main themes, which revolve around the development and meaning of total war. The lessons of the American Civil War, unfortunately, were not learned by European states. For example, the Civil War was a modern war of attrition based on the industrial and technical superiority of the northern states, something European observers failed to see. However, the Introduction also points out that few could realize how new military technologies might "totally overwhelm the human spirit" (p. 13). The Great War (WW I) soon made that point obvious to all. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Oxford Univ. Press, 418p, illus, bibliog, index, 20cm, $15.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Prof. John Rosser; Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, May 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 3)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191501326
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
06/29/2000
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Charles Townshend is Professor of International History at Keele University and the author of numerous books on warfare, including: Making the Peace: Public Order and Public Security in Modern Britain (1993) and Ireland: the Twentieth Century (1999).

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