Warfare in World History

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Routledge, 30. aug 2001 - 128 pages

Despite the catastrophic effects of war, wars have also proved to be instrumental to long-term change in world history This text is the first of its kind to survey how warfare has developed from ancient times to the present day and the role it has played in shaping the world we know. The periods discussed include:

* the pre-gunpowder era
* the development of gunpowder weapons and their rapid adoption in Western Europe
* the French Revolution and the industrialization of warfare
* the First and Second World Wars
* the Cold War and the wars of liberation fought across the Third World.

With in-depth examples illustrating the dominant themes in the history of warfare, Warfare in World History focuses not only on the famous and heroic, but also discusses the experiences of countless millions of unknowns who have fought in wars over time.

 

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Contents

5 june 1944
1
The classical age to 500 CE
8
The postclassical period 500 to 1450
19
The emergence of gunpowder weapons 1450 to 1776
31
Nationalism and industrialism
42
World War I
54
World War II
67
The Cold War and beyond
78
Conclusions
91
Index
95
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