Introduction to Global Military History
1775 to the Present Day
By Jeremy Black
Routledge – 2005 – 297 pages
Routledge – 2005 – 297 pages
Completely unique in its global scope, this major text does what no other book in the field does: provides students with an excellent account of modern military history with analysis of strategy, as well as tactical and operational developments in the field of war.
Carefully written by a highly renowned author, this book has been widely praised by American and UK reviewers for its astonishing grasp of detail and its encyclopedic knowledge. Arranged chronologically, it spans the American War of Independence, through the French Revolution, right up to the latest conflicts in the 2000s.
Specially designed to be user-friendly, Introduction to Global Military History offers:
Jeremy Black covers all aspects of military conflict, masterfully combining the study of tactics and war strategy with the social, cultural and political consequences of war.
"An excellent book. Too often, in military studies and histories, the land, air, and maritime aspects are dealt with in separate books. This work integrates all aspects of conflict in a reasonable manner. It also strikes a necessary balance between the context and the events of the history of war and conflict in the past few centuries, not sublimating the actual history of events to the societal context of war." - Stanley Carpenter, Professor of Strategy and Policy, US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island
"Jeremy Black does an admirable job in distilling a tremendous amount of information and making it comprehensible for students." - Lawrence Sondhaus, Professor of History at the University of Indianapolis
'This is a refreshingly wide-ranging treatment of warfare in the modern world, which testifies to Jeremy Black's impressive skills as a synthesist … The range of examples is genuinely illuminating [and] the text is enlivened with excellent illustrations and some handy text boxes on particular case studies. These are deliberately designed to stimulate discussion.' – Keith Jefferey, The Times Higher Education Supplement
'Excellent. It integrates the land, sea and maritime aspects of conflict and strikes a reasonable balance between the context and the events of the history of war and conflict.' – Stanley Carpenter, Professor of Strategy and Policy, US Naval War College, Newport, USA
'An excellent stimulus to thought and to further study … very good on the theoretical underpinning of military history, the distinction between wars and battles and the necessity of examining strategy in the political context.' – Daniel Todman, Lecturer in Modern History, Queen Mary University of London, UK
'The analysis is at a high level … an impressive book. The focus on Asia is a significant improvement over its competitors.' – Michael S. Neiberg, Professor of History, United States Airforce Academy, USA
Introduction 1. The World of War in the Late Eighteenth Century 2. Empires Rise and Fall 1800–30 3. Moulding States 1830–80 4. Building Empires 1830–1913 5. World War One 6. Between Two World Wars 7. World War Two 8. Wars of Decolonization 1945–75 9. The Cold War 10. Wars between Non-Western Powers 1945–90 11. War in the 1990s 12. War in the 2000s
Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is a leading military historian whose books include Rethinking Military History (Routledge, 2004), World War Two: A Military History (Routledge, 2003), European Warfare 1494-1660 (Routledge, 2002), European Warfare, 1660-1815 (Ruotledge 1994) and Why Wars Happen (1998). He is editor of the Routledge Warfare and History series and has lectured extensively in North America, Europe and Australasia.