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Designed for use at the college level as a textbook for military history courses or supplemental reading for world history courses, this text offers an introduction and original synthesis of global military history. Each chapter traces key developments in military institutions and practices set in three crucial contexts: politics and institutions; social structures and economics; and cultures. Primary sources throughout the text give students a look at the writings historians use to draw conclusions, while Issue Boxes raise and explore historiographical controversies in military history. A two-volume format follows the usual division of world and western civilization courses and allows a standard semester split of military history survey courses. Volume One covers 2000 BC through 1500 AD. Volume Two covers the dawn of global warfare in 1500 through the present.
Table of Contents
Part IV. The Dawn of Global Warfare, 1500-1750 Chapter 16. The European Transformation: Western Europe, 1500-1720 Chapter 17. Cannon and Cavalry: Eurasian Expansion, 1500-1700 Chapter 18. Conquests and Contacts: Europeans Abroad, 1500-1700 Chapter 19. East Asian Transformations: Japan and China, 1500-1750 Chapter 20. The Age of Sail: Naval Warfare, 1500-1750 Part IV Commentary Part V. The Age of Revolutions and Imperialism, 1700-1914 Chapter 21. Bullion and Bayonets: Linear Tactics on a Global Stage, 1690-1790 Chapter 22 Bastille to Blockade: Revolution and Napoleon, 1792-1815 Chapter 23. Rifles and Railroads: War in the Age of Industry, 1815-1914 Chapter 24. Guns and Government: Global European Dominance, 1800-1914 Chapter 25. From Sails to Steam: Naval Warfare, 1750-1914 Part V Commentary Part VI. The Age of Global Conflict, 1914-present Chapter 26. The Great War: World War I, 1914-1918 Chapter 27. Tanks and Tasking: The Interwar Years, 1918-1937 Chapter 28. The Good War: World War II, 1937-1945 Chapter 29. The Nuclear Age: Decolonization and the Cold War, 1945-1989 Chapter 30. Conflict and Culture: War since 1989 Part VI Commentary