What is Military History / Edition 2

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This clear, readable introduction to the popular field of military history is now available in a refreshed and updated second edition. It shows that military history encompasses not just accounts of campaigns and battles but includes a wide range of perspectives on all aspects of past military organization and activity.
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"A fast-paced, authoritative introduction to what is possibly theoldest and still the most popular form of historical writing. Theinnovations of the past 50 years that reinvigorated militaryhistory and transformed it into one of the strongest sub-fields inthe historical discipline are skillfully highlighted. Snootyacademics who dismiss military history as a simple narrativeconcerning battles and generals need to read this book to discoverthe rich scholarship they have been missing. Serious militaryhistorians seeking new arguments to justify their specialty willalso benefit from this informative and witty survey."
Gregory J. W. Urwin, Temple University

"A clear and thoughtful account of military history that isparticularly valuable because of its chronological and geographicalrange. Interesting, well-written, and wide ranging, it can behighly recommended."
Jeremy Black, University of Exeter

"The thoughtful, overdue answer to a question that has neededanswering since the profound transformation of the field in theyears after Vietnam. Nowadays military history is so much more thandrums and trumpets; it is the study of societies, economies, andpolitical systems wracked by the human and material demands of war.Morillo and Pavkovic never lose sight of the centrality of battleto all of this, but lucidly fill in the strategic and socialenvironment with a cogent review of the best, most recentliterature."
Geoffrey Wawro, University of North Texas

"An indispensable aid for anyone who is interested in the study ofwarfare. World-wide in its scope, sophisticated in its analysis,and eminently readable, this remarkable work walks readers throughthe past, present, and potential future of one of the most complexfields of historical endeavor."
Andrew Wiest, University of Southern Mississippi

 "Although military history is often accused of having a static andtraditionalist approach, Morillo and Pavkovic show the oppositehere. Their study of the influence of social, cultural, gender andglobal history on the field of military history enriches not onlythe content but also extends the methodological toolbox."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745659787
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: What is History Series, #2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN MORILLO is the Jane and Frederic M. Hadley Chair in History at Wabash College. His many publications in military history include the book, War in World History.

MICHAEL PAVKOVIC is Professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College.

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Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Military History 1

Military History: Defi nitions, Topics, Scope 3

Who Studies Military History and Why? 5

Overview of this Book 9

2 Military Historiography 11

Classical Roots: Military History in Ancient Times 12

Military History in the Traditional World: Histories, Manuals, and War Tales 21

Science, Nationalism, and General Staffs: Military History in the Nineteenth and

Early Twentieth Centuries 30

New Military Histories: The Transformations of the Last 50 Years 37

3 Conceptual Frameworks 45

Military History and Philosophy of History 46

Military Art and Practice 55

War and Society: Interdisciplinary Infl uences 64

Global History and Comparative Methodology 70

Conclusions 74

4 Current Controversies 75

Military Revolutions 77

Counter-Insurgency: History and Policy 86

"The West": Exceptionalism and Dominance? 89

War, Society, and Culture: Other Controversies 96

Conclusion: Revisionism and Reading the Process of History 102

5 Doing Military History 105

Forms 105

Sources 110

Programs 113

Journals, Presses, and Associations 115

6 The Future of Military History 118

Trends in the Field 119

The Politics of Military History 122

Notes 125

Further Reading 139

Index 155

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