The Cambridge History of War: War and the Modern World, 1850–2005

TitleThe Cambridge History of War: War and the Modern World, 1850–2005
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
Series EditorChickering, Roger, Dennis E. Showalter, and Hans J. van de Ven
Number of Pages656
PublisherCambridge University Press

War is a compelling subject. It is common to almost all known societies and periods of history. The Cambridge History of Warfare, first published in 2005, provides a detailed account of war in the West from antiquity to the present day, and is unique because of its controversial thesis that war in western societies has followed a unique path leading to western dominance of the globe. From the Greek victory at Marathon to the Gulf War, readable and authoritative, The Cambridge History of Warfare places in context the key events in the history of armed engagement. All aspects of war on land, sea, and in the air are covered: weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence; mercenaries and standing armies; cavalry and infantry; chivalry and Blitzkrieg; guerilla assault and nuclear arsenals. This volume, first published as The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare, includes maps and an updated bibliography.

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