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A Short History of War

Jeremy Black



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Yale University
06 December 2021
A wonderfully engaging, accessible introduction to war, from ancient times to the present and into the future
Throughout history, warfare has transformed social, political, cultural, and religious aspects of our lives. We tell tales of wars-past, present, and future-to create and reinforce a common purpose.

In this engaging overview, Jeremy Black examines war as a global phenomenon, looking at the First and Second World Wars as well as those ranging from Han China and Assyria, Imperial Rome, and Napoleonic France to Vietnam and Afghanistan. Black explores too the significance of warfare more broadly and the ways in which cultural understandings of conflict have lasting consequences in societies across the world. Weaponry, Black argues, has had a fundamental impact on modes of war: it created war in the air and transformed it at sea. Today, as twentieth-century weapons are challenged by drones and robotics, Black examines what the future of warfare looks like.
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 3mm
Weight:   482g
ISBN:   9780300256512
ISBN 10:   0300256515
Pages:   264
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jeremy Black is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Exeter. Black has published widely in military history, including War and the World and Air Power. His other works include Maps and History and Naval Warfare.

Reviews for A Short History of War

This is a feat of remarkable compression and erudition...Studded with thought-provoking comparisons and insights and offers a handy introduction to the subject, and to Black's oeuvre. -Jonathan Boff, Spectator 'Jeremy Black has somehow managed to condense a vast and complex subject into a very compact and compelling book. His global range, avoidance of repetition of the standard topics, and ability to capture the variety of warfare in all its forms throughout history is truly remarkable.'-Professor Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny 'This is an excellent overview of the history of war. Highly recommended reading for anyone who wants to understand the evolution of war around the globe from prehistory to the present day.'-Professor Heather Jones, University College London 'This is a truly global survey which amounts to a miracle of compression. Indispensable for students and scholars alike.'- Professor Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton

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