What is Military History?

TitleWhat is Military History?
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMorillo, Stephen, and Michael F. Pavkovic
Number of Pages165
PublisherPolity Press
CityCambridge, UK ; Malden, MA

This introduction to the popular field of military history is now available in an updated second edition. It shows that military history encompasses not just accounts of campaigns and battles but includes a wide range of perspectives on all aspects of past military organization and activity. In concise chapters it explains the fundamental features of the field, including: the history of military history, showing how it has developed from ancient times to the present; the key ideas and concepts that shape analysis of military activity; that military history is as methodologically and philosophically sophisticated as any field of history; current controversies about which military historians argue, and why they are important; a survey of who does military history, where it is taught and published, and how it is practiced; a look at the direction of the field. The new edition of What is Military History? provides an up-to-date bibliography and new case studies, including counterinsurgency, which make it useful in the classroom and accessible to the general reader.

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