A Century of Conflict: War, 1914-2014

Paperback | November 14, 2014

byJeremy Black

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The centenary of the start of World War One in 1914 provides an opportunity to assess the role and impact of conflict in the history of the last century, and also to consider how warfare has changed. A Century of Conflict offers a clear, global study of these topics that is both conceptuallyand methodologically up to date. Renowned historian Jeremy Black gives special consideration to Asia, Africa, and Latin America, placing the more conventional cast of conflicts - namely the two World Wars and the Cold War - into wider geographical and social contexts.Analyzing the multiple dimensions and spheres of war, Black contends that there is no one true type of warfare or one single pattern of development. Instead, he emphasizes the wide scope of conflict ranging from regular warfare between large, professional forces to loosely defined battles. WhileBlack acknowledges that war is often a consequence or product of other developments - notably political, economic, or technological - he argues that war can also have autonomous characteristics. Amply illustrated with nineteen full-color maps, A Century of Conflict provides room for debateconcerning the different ways that historians interpret military history.

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The centenary of the start of World War One in 1914 provides an opportunity to assess the role and impact of conflict in the history of the last century, and also to consider how warfare has changed. A Century of Conflict offers a clear, global study of these topics that is both conceptuallyand methodologically up to date. Renowned his...

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of more than 100 books including European Warfare in a Global Context, 1660-1815 (2006), The British Seaborne Empire (2004), and War and the World, 1450-2000 (2000).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Importance of Military History2. Industrial War as the Human Experience: World War One, 1914-183. A Multitude of Conflicts, 1918-394. A Global War: World War Two, 1939-455. Decolonisation and the Early Cold War, 1945-606. The Cold War: The Middle Years, 1960-757. The Later Cold War, 1975-898. From the Cold War to the War on Terror, 1989-20019. The 2000s10. The 2010s11. Into the Future12. Conclusions

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"A Century of Conflict is a clear, focused, and insightful survey of warfare since the outbreak of World War I. Black sets wars in their political, economic, diplomatic and social contexts, showing the relevance of military history for policy making and resource allocation." --Stephen Morillo, Wabash College