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War and the world : military power and the fate of continents, 1450-2000
Black, Jeremy.
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New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, [1998]

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334 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
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D214 .B58 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An attempt to write a global history of warfare in the modern era. Jeremy Black, here presents a wide-ranging account of the nature, purpose and experience of war over the last half millennium.

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Black describes how European states, forged out of incessant warfare, were more successful at "competitive military emulation" than their non-European counterparts. Taking a "Gibbonian" approach, Black argues that military success was not always the result of superior technology. He convincingly demonstrates that it was not the technological advances themselves that led to the rise of the West, but rather the unique "political, social and economic contexts" that gave European states the prevailing technique for putting these advances to more effective use. This was especially the case with naval power and maritime exploration, which allowed Europeans to extend their global hegemony. Although he draws on many important sources, black overlooks some key works (e.g., John A. Hall's Powers and Liberties, 1986, and Michael Mann's The Sources of Social Power, 2v. v.1: CH, Jun'87). Nevertheless, this is a welcome contribution to a growing literature that seeks to address military power, an essential yet often neglected component in the study of states and nations. Generously illustrated. All levels. G. B. Osborne; McGill University