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The Cambridge History of War

Volume 4. War and the Modern World

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Hans van de Ven, Geoffrey Wawro, John P. Dunn, Roger Chickering, Jean Quataert, Antulio J. Echevarria II, Michael S. Neiberg, Iris Rachamimov, Sophie De Schaepdrijver, Pierre Purseigle, Carole Fink, Jay Winter, Eugenia Kiesling, Roger Reese, Gerhard Weinberg, Dennis Showalter, Odd Arne Westad, C. Dale Walton, Williamson Murray, Anthony Clayton, Rana Mitter, Mark Moyar
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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521875776

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  • Volume IV of The Cambridge History of War offers a definitive new account of war in the most destructive period in human history. Opening with the massive conflicts that erupted in the mid-nineteenth century in the US, Asia and Europe, leading historians trace the global evolution of warfare through 'the age of mass', 'the age of machine', and 'the age of management'. They explore how industrialization and nationalism fostered vast armies whilst the emergence of mobile warfare and improved communications systems made possible the 'total warfare' of the two World Wars. With military conflict regionalized after 1945 they show how guerrilla and asymmetrical warfare highlighted the limits of the machine and mass as well as the importance of the media in winning 'hearts and minds'. This is a comprehensive guide to every facet of modern war from strategy and operations to its social, cultural, technological and political contexts and legacies.

    • Comprehensive, global history of war in the modern world
    • Taking a broad approach to military history, the volume pays attention to the social effects of war, to occupation, to memory and efforts to contain and humanize it, as well as to strategy and operations
    • Expert authors provide authoritative summaries of the principal wars of the period
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This elegantly produced collection tells the story of modern warfare, beginning in the second half of the nineteenth century, a point described in the opening essay, by van de Ven, as a 'hinge in time', when the Napoleonic Wars were a memory and World War I could not yet be imagined."
    Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affairs

    "Highly recommended."
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    "Excellent contributions … by well-chosen experts."
    Michael Howard, International Affairs

    "This is a pretty amazing book … The speed of this ambitious romp through history is sometimes breathtaking."
    Thomas Ricks, Foreign Policy (foreignpolicy.com)

    "A cultural history of war that is based on the latest scholarship and state-of-the-art conceptualization … an outstanding collective achievement."
    Benjamin Ziemann, H-Soz-u-Kult

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521875776
    • length: 668 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.19kg
    • contains: 39 b/w illus. 19 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. The Industrialization of Warfare, 1850–1914:
    1. The wars of mid century Hans van de Ven
    2. War, technology and industrial change, 1850–1914 Geoffrey Wawro
    3. War and imperial expansion Bruce Vandervort
    4. The non-western world responds to imperialism, 1850–1914 John P. Dunn
    5. War, society, and culture, 1850–1914: the rise of militarism Roger Chickering
    6. War-making and restraint by law: the formative years, 1864–1914 Jean Quataert
    7. The arms race: qualitative and quantitative aspects Antulio J. Echevarria II
    Part II. The Era of Total War, 1914–45:
    8. World War I Michael S. Neiberg
    9. Military captivity in two world wars: legal frameworks and camp regimes Iris Rachamimov
    10. Military occupations, 1914–45 Sophie De Schaepdrijver
    11. Homefronts: the mobilization of resources for total war Pierre Purseigle
    12. The search for peace in the interwar period Carole Fink
    13. Commemorating war, 1914–45 Jay Winter
    14. Military doctrine and planning in the interwar era Eugenia Kiesling
    15. The military and the revolutionary state Roger Reese
    16. World War II Gerhard Weinberg
    Part III. Post-Total Warfare, 1945–2005:
    17. Military occupations, 1945–55 Dennis Showalter
    18. The wars after the War, 1945–54 Odd Arne Westad
    19. Weapons technology in the two nuclear ages C. Dale Walton
    20. Conventional war, 1945–90 Williamson Murray
    21. Wars of decolonization, 1945–75 Anthony Clayton
    22. War and memory since 1945 Rana Mitter
    23. The era of American hegemony, 1989–2005 Mark Moyar.

  • Editors

    Roger Chickering, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Roger Chickering is Professor Emeritus of History at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He has published widely on German and European history, particularly on war and German society.

    Dennis Showalter, Colorado College, Colorado
    Dennis Showalter is Professor of History at Colorado College, where he specializes in comparative military history.

    Hans van de Ven, University of Cambridge
    Hans van de Ven is Professor of Modern Chinese History at Cambridge University. He has written extensively on warfare in modern Chinese history and especially on China during the Second World War.

    Contributors

    Hans van de Ven, Geoffrey Wawro, John P. Dunn, Roger Chickering, Jean Quataert, Antulio J. Echevarria II, Michael S. Neiberg, Iris Rachamimov, Sophie De Schaepdrijver, Pierre Purseigle, Carole Fink, Jay Winter, Eugenia Kiesling, Roger Reese, Gerhard Weinberg, Dennis Showalter, Odd Arne Westad, C. Dale Walton, Williamson Murray, Anthony Clayton, Rana Mitter, Mark Moyar

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