War Made New: Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World

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Penguin, Oct 19, 2006 - History - 640 pages
A monumental, groundbreaking work, now in paperback, that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield

Combining gripping narrative history with wide-ranging analysis, War Made New focuses on four "revolutions" in military affairs and describes how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-guided air strikes have remade the field of battle—and shaped the rise and fall of empires.

War Made New begins with the Gunpowder Revolution and explains warfare's evolution from ritualistic, drawn-out engagements to much deadlier events, precipitating the rise of the modern nation-state. He next explores the triumph of steel and steam during the Industrial Revolution, showing how it powered the spread of European colonial empires. Moving into the twentieth century and the Second Industrial Revolution, Boot examines three critical clashes of World War II to illustrate how new technology such as the tank, radio, and airplane ushered in terrifying new forms of warfare and the rise of centralized, and even totalitarian, world powers. Finally, Boot focuses on the Gulf War, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the Iraq War—arguing that even as cutting-edge technologies have made America the greatest military power in world history, advanced communications systems have allowed decentralized, "irregular" forces to become an increasingly significant threat.

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War Made New uses the theme of differences in warfare technology as the organizing principle for a history of warfare for the last 500 years. Many decisive military confrontations became routs because ... Read full review

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Boot provides enjoyable capsule histories of famous battles, and has an eye for the novelistic detail (Wallenstein so disliked being woken that he would order all cats and dogs killed whenever he took ... Read full review


France May 10June 22 1940
Pearl Harbor December 7 1941
Tokyo March 910 1945
The Consequences of the Second Industrial Revolution
The Rise of the Information
Kuwait and Iraq January 17
Afghanistan October 7December
Iraq March 20 2003May 1 2005

The Battle of Breitenfeld 1631
Assaye September 23 1803
The Consequences of the Gunpowder Revolution
The Rise of the Industrial
Königgrätz July 3 1866
Omdurman September 2 1898
Tsushima May 2728 1905
The Consequences of the Industrial Revolution
The Rise of the Second Industrial
The Consequences of the Information Revolution
Revolutions to Come
Five Hundred Years and Counting What the Past Teaches
The Battle of Assaye 1803
The Nile Valley c 1898

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Max Boot is the author of the award-winning The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power, which was selected as a 2002 Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. A senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a weekly foreign-affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times, he lectures regularly at numerous military schools and advises the Department of Defense on transformation issues.

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