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From the Publisher"This first-ratesurvey should appeal to general as well as academic readers. Thefocus on irregular, internal, and asymmetric war, ranging fromlocal insurgencies to imperial expeditions, is a welcome shift fromthe standard western-centric emphasis on campaigns and battles. Theinclusion of such "out of area" conflicts as the War of the Pacificadds a valuable perspective. And the footnotes by themselves areworth the purchase price as a bibliography."
DennisShowalter, Colorado College
"Jeremy Black hasgiven us a masterful overview of the period 1800-1914, not just forthe West but for the world as a whole, analyzing the role ofmilitary power as an agent of change in history, and historicalexperience as an agent of change for armies and navies. Blackconsiders the domestic significance of armed forces as well astheir international role, using the concept of tasking to take afresh approach to his topic."
LawrenceSondhaus, University of Indianapolis
"Jeremy Blackoffers an alternative reading of military history, eschewing thelinear teleology of most modernization theses in favour ofexplanations based on contingency and a multi-track approachplacing western development alongside that elsewhere in the world.The result is a refreshingly clear, crisp and succinct overview ofwarfare from the end of the eighteenth century until the FirstWorld War."
Peter Wilson,University of Hull