Authoritative and concise, Warfare in the Western World concentrates on selected campaigns and battles, showing how political and military leaders in the West have used armies to wage war effectively over the last four centuries. The text moves through the centuries, discussing how operational developments and technological improvements eventually led to the concept of total war, first approached in the American Civil War and culminating in the twentieth century's two world wars.
Part I The Age of Limited War 1. Gustavus Adolphus and the Military Revolution 2. Toward Limited War in Europe, 1648-1714 3. Limited War in Western Europe, 1714-1763 4. Anglo-American Warfare, 1607-1763: The Emergence of the People in Arms 5. The War for American Independence, 1775-1783: The People at War Part II The Nation in Arms and National Warfare 6. Revolution in Warfare During the Age of the French Revolution 7. The Rise of Napoleonic Warfare: Increasing the Scale, Speed, and Decisiveness of Warfare 8. The Limits of Napoleonic Warfare 9. Breaking Napoleon's Power: Warfare on a New Scale Part III Professionalism, Industrialization, and Mass Warfare in the Nineteenth Century 10. American Military Policy, 1783-1860: The Beginnings of Professionalism 11. The Civil War, 1861-1862 : The Lethal Face of Battle 12. The Civil War, 1862: Ending the Limited War 13. The Civil War, 1863: Moving Democracies Toward Total War 14. The Civil 15. The Transition from Napoleonic Methods to the Prussian Military System, 1815-1871Contents for Warfare in the Western World: Vol. 2: Military Operations Since 1871 Part IV Total War and the Great War 16. Making War More Lethal, 1871- 1914 17. The Great War: An Indecisive Beginning 18. Attempting to End the Stalemate, 1914-1915 19. 1917: The Year of Desperation and Anticipation 20. Breaking the Hold of the Trenches, 1918 Part V Total War Around the World 21. Germany Triumphant: Restoring Mobility to War 22. Germany Arrested: The Limits of Expansion 23. The Atlantic and the Pacific: Producin 24. The Eastern and Mediterranean Fronts: Winning Battles of Men and Machines 25. Victory in Europe: Brute Force in the Air and on the Ground 26. Victory in the Pacific: Naval and Amphibious War on the Operational Level Part VI Warfare in the Nuclear Era 27. The Cold War and the Nuclear Era: Adjusting Warfare to Weapons of Mass Destruction 28. Korea: Limiting War to Avoid Armageddon 29. The Vietnam War, 1961-1975: Revolutionary and Conventional Warfare in an Era of Limited War 30. War in the Middle East: Violence Across the Spectrum of Conflict 31. The Age of Interventions: Projecting Power and Enforcing Peace