War in the Age of Technology: Myriad Faces of Modern Armed Conflict / Edition 1by Robert Geoffrey Jensen, Andrew Wiest
Pub. Date: 04/01/2001
Publisher: New York University Press
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.
Author Biography: The author of Passchendaele and the Royal Navy, Andrew Wiest is Associate Professor of History and director of the Vietnam War Study Abroad Program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Geoffrey Jensen, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi, has written various articles on modern history and the forthcoming book, Irrational Triumph: Cultural Despair, Military Nationalism, and the Ideological Origins of Franco's Spain. Both editors have worked as Visiting Senior Lecturers at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and they now co-direct the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of War and Society.
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