Warfare in the Western World, 1882-1975

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Indiana University Press, 2002 - History - 243 pages
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In this companion volume to Western Warfare, 17751882, Jeremy Black takes his analysis of modern warfare into the 20th century. A distinctive feature of the author's approach is the coverage of both land and naval warfare as well as conflict within the West and between Western and non-Western powers. Beginning with the British conquest of Egypt in 1882, Black goes on to examine the Spanish-American War of 1898, the Boer War, and the Balkan conflicts leading to world war in 1914. A revisionist account of the First World War is followed by a discussion of Western expansionism in the period to 1936. Chapters on the interwar years and the Second World War lead to a discussion of the retreat from empire and the advent of the Cold War. The narrative closes with the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 and a discussion of the limitations of Western military technique, doctrine, and technology. Black offers a new and challenging interpretation of modern warfare that will be required reading not only for students of military history but for all those interested in the impact of war in the making of the modern world.

  

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Contents

From Egypt to Ethiopia Western Expansionism 18821936
1
The West 18821913
24
World War One 191418
41
The Interwar Years
64
World War Two
92
Naval Power and Warfare
124
Air Power and Warfare
148
The Retreat from Empire Singapore to Mozambique 194275
168
Military Power in the West 19461975
182
Social and Political Contexts
197
Conclusions
215
Notes
219
Selected Further Reading
239
Index
241
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Jeremy Black MBE is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is Editor of the journal Archives and a member of the Council of the British Records Association. His recent publications include Western Warfare, 1775-1882 (Acumen, 2001).

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