Traces war in Europe from the aftermath of the French Revolution to the eve of the First World War. Treating warfare as much wider than simply the product of military planning and technology, but a reflection of society itself, Wawro includes discussion of:
-The Napoleonic Wars and the Battle of Waterloo
-Napoleon III and the militarization of Europe
-The Franco-Prussian War, 1870-71
-New technologies and weapons
-Seapower and naval warfare
-The outbreak of the First World War
Combining original work on Bismarck's Wars, Austria-Hungary and Italy, with the latest writing on European armies and navies in the modern period, this book details the evolution of land and naval warfare and highlights the swirling interplay of society, politics and military decision-making.