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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.
"Technology has been central to war from the Greeks to the present, from Archidamus, who reacted with alarm to the appearance of a weapon that could shoot darts through the air, to today's U.S. armed forces, which see a revolution in military affairs around every corner. Jensen and Wiest provide a highly readable yet sophisticated analysis of technology's place in modern warfare that incorporates industrial, political, military, social, and psychological aspects. It is a model of erudition and scholarship."
-Holger H. Herwig,University of Calgary
"It is the product of an unusual intellectual matrix."
-Technology and Culture,
"Both general readers and military specialists . . . will find much that is informative and thoughtful in this generally superior collection of essays."
|Introduction: The Meaning of War in a Technological Age||1|
|Pt. I||Technology and the Military: On and Off the Battlefield|
|1||Infantry Armament and the Perception of Tactical Need, 1789-1918||19|
|2||Technology, Industry, and War, 1945-1991||42|
|3||The Impact of Communications and the Media on the Art of War since 1815||66|
|Pt. II||The Myriad Faces of Total War|
|4||The 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 War||105|
|5||Not All Beer and Skittles? Everyday Life and Leisure on the Western Front||140|
|6||The Indian Corps on the Western Front: A Reconsideration||167|
|7||The Somme in British History||194|
|8||The Elusive Victory: The BEF and the Operational Level of War, September 1918||211|
|9||Scientists at War: The Development of Radar and Jet Propulsion in Britain||239|
|10||War and Black Memory: World War II and the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement||263|
|Pt. III||The Nuclear Age Myriad Faces of Limited War|
|11||Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Legacy of War||295|
|12||Iraq: A Third-World Superpower?||333|
|13||Russia and Warfare in the Postindustrial Age||365|