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How has war shaped modern society and vice versa? How has it changed over the centuries between the introduction of firearms and the invention of the atomic bomb? How is war waged today?
This highly informative work examines the techniques, technology, and theories of warfare from the 'military revolution' of the seventeenth century to the present day. Expert contributors explore major developments and themes, including: 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;' guerrilla warfare and 'people's wars.'
A History of Modern War offers a comprehensive overview of military conflict over several centuries, with fascinating thematic chapters covering air and sea warfare, combat experience, technology, and even opposition to war. It is the ideal supplementary text for courses on modern history and it is especially useful for anyone broadly curious about modern war.
|1||Introduction : the shape of modern war||3|
|2||The military revolution I : the transition to modern warfare||20|
|3||The military revolution II : eighteenth-century war||40|
|4||The nation in arms I : the French wars||55|
|5||The nation in arms II : the nineteenth century||74|
|6||Imperial wars : from the Seven Years War to the First World War||94|
|7||Total war I : the Great War||117|
|8||Total war II : the Second World War||138|
|11||Technology and war I : to 1945||201|
|12||Battle : the experience of modern combat||224|
|15||War and the people : the social impact of total war||280|
|16||Women and war||303|
|18||Technology and war II : from nuclear stalemate to terrorism||341|