Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History

Paperback | September 15, 2015

byWayne E. Lee

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Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History provides a wide-ranging examination of war in human history, from the beginning of the species until the current rise of the so-called Islamic State. Although it covers many societies throughout time, the book does not attempt totell all stories from all places, nor does it try to narrate "important" conflicts. Instead, author Wayne E. Lee describes the emergence of military innovations and systems, examining how they were created and then how they moved or affected other societies. These innovations are central to mosthistorical narratives, including the development of social complexity, the rise of the state, the role of the steppe horseman, the spread of gunpowder, the rise of the west, the bureaucratization of military institutions, the industrial revolution and the rise of firepower, strategic bombing andnuclear weapons, and the creation of "people's war."

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Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History provides a wide-ranging examination of war in human history, from the beginning of the species until the current rise of the so-called Islamic State. Although it covers many societies throughout time, the book does not attempt totell all stories from all places, nor does it...

Wayne E. Lee is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina and Chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense. He is the author of Barbarians and Brothers: Anglo-American Warfare, 1500-1865 (OUP, 2011) and Crowds and Soldiers in Revolutionary North Carolina: The Culture of Violence in Riot and War (2001).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 9.21 × 7.4 × 0.91 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of FiguresList of MapsList of TablesPrefaceAbout the AuthorIntroduction: Capacity, Calculation, and Culture1. The Origins of War and of the State: to 2500 BCEIs War Innate? - War among Animals, Chimpanzees - The Evidence for Early Human Warfare - Biology and Selection - Sedentism, Agriculture, and War - A Lord among Lords and the Rise of the State - Warring Complex Societies outside the State2. Carts, Chariots, Cavalry, and Catastrophe: 3500-700 BCEKings and Carts - Inventing the Chariot: Tribes, Horses, and Bronze on the Steppe - Chariots and the Urban Politics of the Near East and Egypt 1500-1200 BCE - Chariots under Heaven: China, 1200-400 BCE - Gods and Heroes: The Chariot in India and Europe - Catastrophe, Cavalry, and the Decline of theChariot in the Near East3. Men in Lines with Spears: 900 BCE - 300 BCEMasses of Men in the Background - Assyria Reborn - Communal Solidarity and the Greek Hoplite Phalanx - The Macedonian Sarissa Phalanx4. Discipline and Frontiers in the Agricultural Empires: Rome and China, 300 BCE - 400 CERome: Disciplina and Limes - Infantrymen and Walls in Han China5. The Horsemen of Europe and the Steppe: 400 CE - 1450 CEEuropean Heavy Horsemen - The Steppe Warrior System - The Mongols6. War under Oars: 700 BCE-1600 CEThe Earliest Shipping - The Trireme and the Mediterranean - Variations on a Theme: Hellenistic Invention and Gigantism, Rome, Greek Fire, and the Gunpowder Galley7. Gunpowder in Europe and in the Ottoman Empire: 1300 CE-1650 CEEurope and the Ottoman Empire 1300-1683 - The Technology of Gunpowder and Gunpowder Weapons - Siege Cannon to 1650 - The Artillery Fortress, 1450 to 1650 - Infantry and Firearms, 1450-1650 - Conclusion: A Military Revolution?8. Adapting to Gunpowder (or not): On the Open Seas, Africa, North America, and AsiaMaritime Power - The Gun-Slave Cycle in Africa?- Amerindians and Gunpowder - Gunpowder and the Steppe: China from Ming to Manchu - Conclusion: The Military Revolution Problem9. Institutionalization, Bureaucratization, and Professionalization: China, Japan, and Europe: 1650-1815Manchu China - Private Enterprise War in Europe to 1650 - Institutionalization, Bureaucratization, and Professionalization in Europe, 1650-1789 - Japan's Variant Path, 1500-1868 - The Levee en Masse and Mass Conscript Armies10. The Age of Steam and the Industrial Empires, 1815-1905Invention and Production - Coal and Steam Navies - Scrambling for Empire - The Rise of Japan11. Men Against Fire, 1861-1917The American Civil War: A False Dawn of "Modern War"? - Prussian Reforms, a General Staff, and German Unification - Firepower-Firepower and the Scramble for Empire: Dahomey and Ethiopia - World War I12. Wars of Maneuver?: 1919-2003Doctrine - Avoiding Deadlock and World War II - The German Model? - The Arab- Israeli Wars - AirLand Battle13. The Lure of Strategic Air Power, The Nuclear Paradox, and the Revolution in Military Affairs?: 1915-2003Strategic Bombing, 1915 to July 1945 - Nuclear Weapons as Air Power - The Nuclear Shadow and Limited War in Korea and Vietnam - The Return of Strategic Air Power and the Revolution in Military Affairs?14. Bringing Down the State: Guerrillas, Insurgents, Terrorism, and Counterinsurgency, 1930-2014The Revolutionary Response to the Industrial State: Mao, Giap, and Guevara - Terrorism and Insurgency by Terrorism - Counterinsurgency and Counter TerrorCreditsIndex

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"Wayne Lee's Waging War weaves a vast, global tapestry depicting how wars have been conducted from prehistory to the modern age. Drawing on an impressively wide range of disciplines and scholarship, Waging War traces the origins and dynamics of military innovations throughout history and howtheir influence shaped the past and present conduct of war around the world. With Waging War, Wayne Lee takes his place among the leading practitioners of global military history." --Roger Spiller, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, emeritus