The Oxford History of Modern War

Paperback | July 26, 2005

EditorCharles Townshend

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How has war shaped modern society and vice versa? How has it changed between the introduction of firearms and the invention of the atom bomb? How is war waged today?The Oxford History of Modern War examines the techniques, technology, and theory of war from the 'military revolution' of the seventeenth century to the present day, with fascinating thematic chapters covering air and sea warfare, combat experience, women and war, and even opposition to war. The expert contributors explore major developments and themes, including the growth of modern military professionalism and mass armies, the extraordinary achievements of Napoleon's armies, the role of nationalism in battlegrounds as various as the American Civil War and the former Yugoslavia,colonial wars, the concept and reality of 'total war', and guerrilla warfare.This new and updated edition, with new chapters on 'people's war' and technology and war, brings the story into the twenty-first century, addressing the dilemmas faced by military strategists in confronting international terrorism and in the wake of the invasion of Iraq.

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How has war shaped modern society and vice versa? How has it changed between the introduction of firearms and the invention of the atom bomb? How is war waged today?The Oxford History of Modern War examines the techniques, technology, and theory of war from the 'military revolution' of the seventeenth century to the present day, with f...

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).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:428 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.13 inPublished:July 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192806459

ISBN - 13:9780192806451

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Part I: The Evolution of Modern War1. Charles Townshend: Introduction: The Shape of Modern War2. John Childs: The Military Revolution I: The Transition to Modern Warfare3. Jeremy Black: The Military Revolution II: Eighteenth Century Warfare4. Alan Forrest: The Nation in Arms I: The French Wars5. David French: The Nation in Arms II: The Nineteenth Century6. Douglas Porch: Imperial Wars: From the Seven Years War to the First World War7. John Bourne: Total War I: The Great War8. Richard Overy: Total War II: The Second World War9. Philip Towle: Cold War10. Charles Townshend: People's WarPart II: Elements of Modern War11. Martin van Creveld: Technology and War I: to 194512. Richard Holmes: Battle: The Experience of Modern Combat13. John B. Hattendorf: Sea Warfare14. Richard Overy: Air Warfare15. Mark Roseman: War and the People: The Social Impact of Total War16. Jean Bethke Elshtain: Women and War17. Adam Roberts: Against War18. Martin van Creveld: Technology and War II: From Nuclear Stalemate to Terrorism

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`'This volume bursts with stunning insights...''Edmonton Journal