Oxford Illustrated History of Modern War

Oxford Illustrated History of Modern War

by Charles Townshend
     
 

"The musket made the infantryman and the infantryman made the democrat," according to General J.F.C. Fuller. In short, modern war and modern society are inextricably linked. But just how has war shaped society and vice versa? How has war changed over the centuries between the introduction of firearms and the invention of the atom bomb? How—and

Overview

"The musket made the infantryman and the infantryman made the democrat," according to General J.F.C. Fuller. In short, modern war and modern society are inextricably linked. But just how has war shaped society and vice versa? How has war changed over the centuries between the introduction of firearms and the invention of the atom bomb? How—and why—is war waged today?

In The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern War, the techniques, technology, and theory of warfare are insightfully and engagingly investigated, from the military revolution of the seventeenth century—the widespread adoption of the standing army—to the present day battalion of high-tech weaponry and satellite technology. The 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." This lavishly illustrated volume 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. A particularly important and trenchant analysis leads to a conclusion that should concern anyone with an interest in modern society: today we face a scenario in which the military professionalism that has fostered modern war is eroding under the pressures of low-intensity conflict—from civil protest to civil disobedience to domestic terrorism to open battle—so that no purely military approach can wage an effective response to many of our violent social ills.

From a historic overview of the evolution of modern war, through an engaging analysis of the elements of modern war, no aspect of this most-studied and most-argued element of modern life is left unexplored. This volume will be of interest to a wide range of readers, scholars, political thinkers, and historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198204275
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Series:
Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor Charles Townshend is Professor of History at the University of Keele. His books include Making the Peace: Public Order and Public Security in Modern Britain and Political Violence in Ireland: Government and Resistance since 1848.

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