The Oxford History of Modern War

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192853738
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

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
9 Cold War 158
10 People's war 177
11 Technology and war I : to 1945 201
12 Battle : the experience of modern combat 224
13 Sea warfare 245
14 Air warfare 262
15 War and the people : the social impact of total war 280
16 Women and war 303
17 Against war 317
18 Technology and war II : from nuclear stalemate to terrorism 341
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