War in the Age of Technology: Myriad Faces of Modern Armed Conflict / Edition 1

War in the Age of Technology: Myriad Faces of Modern Armed Conflict / Edition 1

by Robert Geoffrey Jensen
     
 

Technology of one kind or another has always been a central ingredient in war. The Spartan king Archidamus, for instance, reacted with alarm when first witnessing a weapon that could shoot darts through the air. And yet during the past two centuries technology has played an unprecedented role in military affairs and thinking, and in the overall conduct of war. In

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Overview

Technology of one kind or another has always been a central ingredient in war. The Spartan king Archidamus, for instance, reacted with alarm when first witnessing a weapon that could shoot darts through the air. And yet during the past two centuries technology has played an unprecedented role in military affairs and thinking, and in the overall conduct of war. In addition, the impact of new technology on warfare has brought major social and cultural changes.

This volume explores the relationship between war, technology, and modern society over the course of the last several centuries. The two world wars, total conflicts in which industrial technology took a terrible human toll, brought great changes to the practice of organized violence among nations; even so many aspect of military life and values remained largely unaffected. In the latter half of the twentieth century, technology in the form of nuclear deterrence appears to have prevented the global conflagration of world war while complicating and fueling ferocious regional contests.

A stimulating fusion of military and social history, extending back to the eighteenth century, and with contributions from such leading historians as Brian Bond, Paddy Griffith, and Neil McMillen, War in the Age of Technology will interest lay readers and specialists alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814742518
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Series:
World of War Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
406
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Meaning of War in a Technological Age1
Pt. ITechnology and the Military: On and Off the Battlefield
1Infantry Armament and the Perception of Tactical Need, 1789-191819
2Technology, Industry, and War, 1945-199142
3The Impact of Communications and the Media on the Art of War since 181566
Pt. IIThe Myriad Faces of Total War
4The Morale of the British Army on the Western Front, 1914-18: A Case Study in the Importance of the "Human Factor" in Twentieth-Century Total War105
5Not All Beer and Skittles? Everyday Life and Leisure on the Western Front140
6The Indian Corps on the Western Front: A Reconsideration167
7The Somme in British History194
8The Elusive Victory: The BEF and the Operational Level of War, September 1918211
9Scientists at War: The Development of Radar and Jet Propulsion in Britain239
10War and Black Memory: World War II and the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement263
Pt. IIIThe Nuclear Age Myriad Faces of Limited War
11Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Legacy of War295
12Iraq: A Third-World Superpower?333
13Russia and Warfare in the Postindustrial Age365
Contributors381
Index385

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