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Title:
The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
Author:
Knox, MacGregor.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xiv, 203 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Thinking about revolutions in warfare / Williamson Murray and MacGregor Knox -- "As if a new sun had arisen": England's fourteenth-century RMA / Clifford J. Rogers -- Forging the Western army in seventeenth-century France / John A. Lynn -- Mass politics and nationalism as military revolution: the French Revolution and after / MacGregor Knox -- Surviving military revolution: the U.S. Civil War / Mark Grimsley -- The Prusso-German RMA, 1840-1871 / Dennis E. Showalter -- The battlefleet revolution, 1885-1914 / Holger H. Herwig -- The First World War and the birth of modern warfare / Jonathan B.A. Bailey -- May 1940: contingency and fragility of the German RMA / Williamson Murray -- Conclusion: the future behind us / Williamson Murray and MacGregor Knox.
ISBN:
9780521800792
Format :
Book

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The Dynamics of Military Revolution aims to bridge a major gap in the emerging literature on revolutions in military affairs, suggesting that there have been two very different phenomena at work over the past centuries: 'military revolutions', which are driven by vast social and political changes; and 'revolutions in military affairs', which military institutions have directed, although usually with great difficulty and ambiguous results. By providing both a conceptual framework and a historical context for thinking about revolutionary changes in military affairs, the work establishes a baseline for understanding the patterns of change, innovation, and adaptation that have marked war in the Western World since the thirteenth century - beginning with Edward III's revolutionary changes in medieval warfare, through the development of modern Western military institutions in seventeenth-century France, to the cataclysmic changes of the First World War and the German Blitzkrieg victories of 1940. This history provides a guide for thinking about military revolutions in the coming century, which are as inevitable as they are difficult to predict.


Table of Contents

1 IntroductionWilliamson Murray and MacGregor Knox
2 'As if a new sun had arisen': England's fourteenth-century RMAClifford J. Rogers
3 Forging the Western army in seventeenth-century FranceJohn A. Lynn
4 Mass Politics and nationalism as military revolution: the French Revolution and afterMacGregor Knox
5 Surviving military revolution: the US Civil WarMark Grimsley
6 The Prusso-German RMA, 1840-71Dennis E. Showalter
7 The battlefleet revolution, 1885-1914Holger H. Herwig
8 The First World War and the birth of modern warfareJonathan B. A. Bailey
9 May 1940: contingency and fragility of the German RMAWilliamson Murray
10 Conclusion: the future behind usWilliamson Murray and MacGregor Knox

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