War: Past, Present and Future places war in a global context, from the evolution of specialized troops in the earliest nomadic civilizations to future scenarios for war in the space age. Traditionally, historians have treated war as a specific outcome of particular societies. However, focusing on the politics of war, Jeremy Black argues that as the scope of warfare increased in the technological age, the military sought a larger role in policy-making. This has led to the development of a military-political approach to assessing and predicting international conflictalthough this method of strategic analysis has failed to predict any significant conflict.
War: Past, Present and Future questions the most accepted theories of military history and is a provocative analysis of war in human society.
About the Author:
Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He has published extensively on warfare and the military.