Western Warfare, 1775-1882

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Indiana University Press, 2001 - History - 210 pages
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Drawing on both primary and secondary sources, Western Warfare, 1775-1882 offers students an unrivaled account of civil and international conflicts, integrating both naval and land warfare. It covers military capability as well as conflict; social and political contexts as well as weaponry; and tactics and strategy. In addition to examining major conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, the American Civil War, and the Wars of German Unification, the book redresses the imbalance of previous treatments by examining the heretofore neglected conflicts in Latin America as well as insurgency and counter-insurgency in Europe. In taking a global perspective, Jeremy Black gives a much more reliable assessment of what constitutes military capability, and thus challenges the technological determinism and linear conceptions of developments in military science that continue to characterize much of military history. As a result, this book reveals a much more complex dynamic, with the author going so far as to question the idea of 'modernity' itself.

 

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Contents

Western Warfare in its Global Context 17751815
1
Two Episodes of Modernity? The American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars
13
Napoleon and His Opponents
37
Naval Power and Warfare
59
The Global Context 181582
83
After Waterloo Conflict Within the West 181560
101
Conflict Within the West 186182
133
Social and Political Contexts
163
Conclusions Revisiting Modernity
179
Notes
189
Selected Bibliography
201
Index
205
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Jeremy Black MBE is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and is one of the UK's leading military historians. He is Editor of the journal Archives, and a member of the Councils of the Royal Historical Society and the British Records Association. His recent publications include European Warfare, 1660-1815; The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare, 1492-1792; and War and the World, 1450-2000.

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