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In this concise history of war, Jeremy Black ranges widely, giving due attention to non-western as well as western traditions. The history of war is inextricably bound to the history of the world. Through a detailed exploration of ‘world-scale' issues of warfare, presented within a chronological framework that spans human history, Jeremy Black skilfully illustrates this fact whilst providing the reader with other astute insights and compelling interpretations of war.

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In this concise history of war, Jeremy Black ranges widely, giving due attention to non-western as well as western traditions. The history of war is inextricably bound to the history of the world. Through a detailed exploration of ‘world-scale' issues of warfare, presented within a chronological framework that spans human history, Jeremy Black skilfully illustrates this fact whilst providing the reader with other astute insights and compelling interpretations of war.

War: A Short History is a dramatic move away from the formulaic, western approach to military history. Too narrow in its focus on wars specific to the west and too simple because of an over-reliance on a technologically-deterministic reading of warfare, this approach has been rejected by Jeremy Black in favour of a global model that takes all factors into account when considering the strengths and weaknesses of a particular military tradition. This is a book that is as important for its relevance to current world issues of conflict as it is for its thorough consideration of a monumentally significant aspect of human history.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780826422767
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, UK, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, USA. His books include War: A Short History, The War of 1812 and The Great War and the Making of the Modern World (all published by Continuum).
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Table of Contents

Preface \ Introduction \ 1. Until the ‘Barbarian' Invasion \ 2. From the Creation of the Islamic World to the Start of European Transoceanic Expansion, 630-1490 \ 3. The Gunpowder Empires of the Early-Modern World, 1490-1630 \ 4. From the Mid-Seventeenth Century Crisis to the Age of Revolutions, 1630-1800 \ 5. The World of the European Empires, 1800-1950 \ 6. To the Present, 1950- \ 7. Conclusions: Assessing War \ Selected Further Reading \ Index

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