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According to General J.F.C. Fuller, "the musket made the infantryman and the infantryman made the democrat." In short, modern war and modern society are inextricably linked. But how has war changed over the centuries? This highly informative and engaging work investigates the techniques, technology, and theory of warfare. From the military revolution of the seventeenth century to the present day battalion of high-tech weaponry and satellite technology, expert contributors explore major developments and themes, including air and sea warfare, combat experience, technology, and opposition to war. Specific topics include the extraordinary achievements of Napoleon's armies, the role of nationalism in battlegrounds, colonial wars, and the concept of "total war." One thought-provoking essay points out that today's armies face an range of low-intensity conflicts--from civil protests to domestic terrorism--that can not be won by any purely military approach. As a result, the military professionalism that evolved to foster modern war is beginning to erode. Highlighting a wide range of information with expert insights and historical analysis, The Oxford History of Modern War leaves no aspect of modern warfare unexplored. This volume will fascinate everyone from casual readers and history buffs, to scholars, political thinkers, and historians.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Charles Townshend is Professor of International History at Keele University and the author of numerous books on warfare, including: Making the Peace: Public Order and Public Security in Modern Britain (1993) and Ireland: the Twentieth Century (1999).
Table of Contents
|List of Plates||ix|
|List of Contributors||xi|
|Part I||The Evolution of Modern War|
|1||Introduction: The Shape of Modern War||3|
|2||The Military Revolution I: The Transition to Modern Warfare||20|
|3||The Military Revolution II: Eighteenth-Century War||40|
|4||The Nation in Arms I: The French Wars||55|
|5||The Nation in Arms II: The Nineteenth Century||74|
|6||Imperial Wars: From the Seven Years War to the First World War||94|
|7||Total War I: The Great War||117|
|8||Total War II: The Second World War||138|
|Part II||Elements of Modern War|
|11||Technology and War I: To 1945||201|
|12||Battle: The Experience of Modern Combat||224|
|15||War and the People: The Social Impact of Total War||280|
|16||Women and War||303|
|18||Technology and War II: From Nuclear Stalemate to Terrorism||341|