Technology and War: From 2000 B.C. to the Present (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - History - 352 pages
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In this impressive work, van Creveld considers man's use of technology over the past 4,000 years and its impact on military organization, weaponary, logistics, intelligence, communications, transportation, and command. This revised paperback edition has been updated to include an account of the range of technology in the recent Gulf War.
  

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Martin Van Creveld's book on war and technology does not disappoint and offers plenty of food for thought. He divides human warfare into four ages: The age of tools (-1500), the age of machines (guns ... Read full review

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Contents

from Earliest Times to 1500 a d
7
Siege Warfare
25
The Infrastructure of War
37
Naval Warfare
51
Irrational Technology
67
Field Warfare
81
Siege Warfare
99
The Infrastructure of War
111
Command of the Air
183
Sea Warfare
199
The Invention of Invention
217
Computerized War
235
Nuclear War
251
Integrated War
265
MakeBelieve War
285
Real War
297

Command of the Sea
125
The Rise of Professionalism
137
Mobilization Warfare
153
Land Warfare
167
The Logic of Technology and of War
311
Bibliographical Essay
321
Index
336
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Page x - one very simple premise which serves as starting point, argument and raison d'etre rolled into one. It is that war is completely permeated by technology and governed by it.
Page x - Part II Elements of Modern War II Technology and War I To 1945 MARTIN VAN CREVELD This chapter rests on one very simple premiss, which serves as its starting-point, argument, and raison d'etre rolled into one. It is that war is completely permeated by technology and governed by it. The causes that lead to wars and the goals for which they are fought; the blows with which campaigns open and the victories with which they (sometimes) end; the relationship between the armed forces and the societies that...

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Martin Van Creveld, born in the Netherlands, has lived in Israel since 1950 and is Israel's most prominent military historian. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he has been on the faculty since 1971. He is the author of fifteen books on military history and strategy, including Command in War (1985), Supplying War (1977), and The Sword and the Olive (1998).

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