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  • Page extent: 444 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.64 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521637602 | ISBN-10: 0521637600)

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This study of major military innovations in the 1920s and 1930s explores differences in innovating exploitation by the seven major military powers. This volume of comparative essays investigates how and why innovation occurred or did not occur, and explains much of the strategic and operative performance of the Axis and Allies in World War II.

Contents

Introduction Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millett; 1. Armored warfare: the British, French, and German experiences Williamson Murray; 2. Assault from the sea: the development of amphibious warfare between the Wars, the American, British, and Japanese experiences Allan R. Millett; 3. Strategic bombing: the British, American and German experiences Williamson Murray; 4. Close air support: the German, British and American experiences, 1918–41 Richard R. Muller; 5. Adopting the aircraft carrier: the British, American and Japanese case studies Geoffrey Till; 6. Innovation ignored: the submarine problem, Germany, Britain and the United States, 1919–39 Holger H. Herwig; 7. From radio to radar: interwar military adaptation to technological change in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States Alan Beyerchen; 8. Innovation: past and future Williamson Murray; 9. Patterns of military innovation in the interwar period Allan R. Millett; 10. Military innovation in peacetime Barry Watts and Williamson Murray.

Reviews

"Alan Beyerchen's essay on German, British, and American work on radar is alone worth the price of the book and is a splendid demonstration of how a cultural and scientific historian can make a major contribution to military history. The description of how culture, organization, and strategic predicament shape a military's reception of a new technology is simply brilliant." Foreign Affairs

"Alan Beyerchen's essay on German, British, and American work on radar is alone worth the price of the book and is a splendid demonstration of how a cultural and scientific historian can make a major contribution to military history. The description of how culture, organization, and strategic predicament shape a military's reception of a new technology is simply brilliant." Foreign Affairs

"Military Innovation in the Interwar Period offers detailed insights into how to proceed with today's revolution in militray affairs. Those who find themselves today in the same position as Moffett, Towers, Liddell Hart, and Dowding did seventy years ago will want to study this book very closely." E.G.Hoffman, Naval War College Review

"This volume should make a big impact on American military academies and staff colleges, and would also make a good graduate course reader for students who have a reasonable foundation in the otherwise daunting historiography." Brian Bond, The International History Review

Contributors

Williamson Murray, Allan R. Millett, Richard R. Muller, Geoffrey Till, Holger H. Herwig, Alan Beyerchen, Barry Watts

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