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The Oxford history of modern war [electronic resource] / edited by Charles Townshend
Alternate Title History of modern war
New updated ed
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2005
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Subject(s) War -- History
War and society
Military history, Modern
Military art and science -- History
Physical Description 1 online resource (xiii, 414 p.) : ill., map
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [365]-377) and index
Contents Introduction : the shape of modern war / Charles Townshend -- The military revolution I : the transition to modern warfare / John Childs -- The military revolution II : eighteenth-century war / Jeremy Black -- The nation in arms I : the French wars / Alan Forrest -- The nation in arms II : the nineteenth century / David French -- Imperial wars : from the Seven Years War to the First World War / Douglas Porch -- Total war I : the great war / John Bourne -- Total war II : the Second World War / Richard Overy -- Cold war / Philip Towle -- People's war / Charles Townshend -- Technology and war I : to 1945 / Martin van Creveld -- Battle : the experience of modern combat / Richard Holmes -- Sea warfare / John B. Hattendorf -- Air warfare / Richard Overy -- War and the people : the social impact of total war / Mark Roseman -- Women and war / Jean Bethke Elshtain -- Against war / Adam Roberts -- Technology and war II : from nuclear stalemate to terrorism / Martin van Creveld
Summary 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
Source of Description Description based on print version record
Alternate Author Townshend, Charles

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