War in the Nineteenth Century: 1800-1914

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This book provides an accessible and up-to-date account of the rich military history of the nineteenth century. It takes a fresh approach, making novel links with conflict and coercion, and moving away from teleological emphases. Naval developments and warfare are included, as are social and cultural dimensions of military activity.

Leading military historian Jeremy Black offers the reader a twenty-first century approach to this period, particularly through his focus on the dynamic drive provided by different forms of military goals, or "tasking". This allows echoes with modern warfare to come to the fore and provides a fuller understanding of a period sometimes considered solely as background to the total war of 1914-45. Alongside state-to-state warfare and the move toward "total war", Black's emphasis on different military goals gives due weight to trans-oceanic conflict at the expense of non-Europeans. Irregular, internal and asymmetric war are all considered, ranging from local insurgencies to imperial expeditions, and provide a deliberate shift from Western-centricity.

At the very cutting edge of its field, this book is a must read for all students and scholars of military history and its related disciplines.

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Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter.

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"This first-ratesurvey should appeal to general as well as academic readers. Thefocus on irregular, internal, and asymmetric war, ranging fromlocal insurgencies to imperial expeditions, is a welcome shift fromthe standard western-centric emphasis on campaigns and battles. Theinclusion of such "out of area" conflicts as the War of the Pacificadds a valuable perspective. And the footnotes by themselves areworth the purchase price as a bibliography."

DennisShowalter, Colorado College

 

"Jeremy Black hasgiven us a masterful overview of the period 1800-1914, not just forthe West but for the world as a whole, analyzing the role ofmilitary power as an agent of change in history, and historicalexperience as an agent of change for armies and navies. Blackconsiders the domestic significance of armed forces as well astheir international role, using the concept of tasking to take afresh approach to his topic."

LawrenceSondhaus, University of Indianapolis

 

"Jeremy Blackoffers an alternative reading of military history, eschewing thelinear teleology of most modernization theses in favour ofexplanations based on contingency and a multi-track approachplacing western development alongside that elsewhere in the world.The result is a refreshingly clear, crisp and succinct overview ofwarfare from the end of the eighteenth century until the FirstWorld War."

Peter Wilson,University of Hull

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