ARMAMENT AND HISTORY: The Influence Of Armament On History From The Dawn Of Classical Warfare To The End Of The Second Wo by J. F. C. Fuller

ARMAMENT AND HISTORY: The Influence Of Armament On History From The Dawn Of Classical Warfare To…

byJ. F. C. Fuller

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Although skill, leadership, strategy, and number of forces have been important factors in battles, armaments have played the most decisive role in determining ultimate military victory. Entranced by the power and precision of armaments, man has continuously invented faster, more accurate, and more devastating weapons, from the javelin, stone axe, sword, and the arrow to the cannon, musket, rifle, tank, super-fortress, and missile. In this study of the influence of armaments on history, J.F.C. Fuller shows how the inventive genius of man can potentially obliterate his sense of moral values and destroy civilization. Divided into armament epochs—Ages of Valour, Chivalry, Gunpowder, Steam, Oil, and Atomic Energy—Armament and History examines the most influential military innovations of each period as well as the key leaders (including Alexander, Caesar, Gustavus Adolphus, and Napoleon) who skillfully employed these weapons. Although the author acknowledges that war cannot be eliminated entirely, he urges man to impose restrictions on warfare before society descends into a second Dark Age. Completed immediately after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—chilling examples of mass destruction caused by armaments—this impassioned work remains relevant more than a half-century later.

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Major General J.F.C. Fuller (1878-1966) was one of the most important and original military thinkers of this century. He served as lieutenant in the Boer War, organized the first British tank corps in World War I, and developed the strategy and tactics of tank warfare which were later put to such effective use by the Nazis for their Wo...

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Title:ARMAMENT AND HISTORY: The Influence Of Armament On History From The Dawn Of Classical Warfare To…Format:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 8.5 × 5.38 × 0.66 inPublished:August 22, 1998Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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A study of man’s fascination of armaments beginning with the simple javelin and stone axe, to the more deadly, violent and precise rifles, tanks and missiles of modern battles. J.F.C. Fuller, considered one of the great military thinkers of his time, shows how man’s inventive genius can elude his sense of moral values. Fuller discusses armament development in stages: Ages of Valour, Chivalry, Gunpowder, Steam, Oil and Atomic Energy, and examines key leaders of each era including Alexander, Caesar, Gustavas Adolphus and Napoleon. Although Armament and History was completed just following the Second World War, the message remains most relevant.