The Warfare in the Eighteenth Century (Smithsonian History of Warfare)

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Worldwide warfare might seem like a twentieth-century development, but the colonial empires of Europe fought wars around the globe in the eighteenth. With domains spreading to the Americas and across the Pacific Ocean to Asia, a great power such as France could find itself fighting simultaneously against England's Hanoverian king in northern Germany, in the waters of the English Channel, and on the grounds of what became Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jeremy Black explains not just the wheres and whys of those wars, but also the hows.

  • The Age of Enlightenment on the battlefield.
  • Diversity of tactics and weapons used around the globe.
  • After the death of Louis XIV, French hegemony yielded to French decline and the French Revolution.
  • Shifting balance of power sets the stage for the rise of Prussia.
  • The American Revolution witnesses the origins of guerilla warfare.

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It was the century of American independence, of warfare between France and Prussia, of invading Mongols in Tibet. The most successful power anywhere was China; the largest land battles took place in India. All around the globe, using weaponry from muskets to the bow-and-arrow, conflicts raged: in a way, these were the first "world wars." Sometimes troubles on the edges of empire triggered new battles in Europe, and the balance of power shifted as France weakened and Frederick the Great established Prussia as a major new force. From the forests of New England to the Philippines, the diverse campaigns covered here portray developments in every society, on land and on sea, and reveal how new policies arose with the growth of colonialism.

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Jeremy Black is a professor of history at the University of Exeter, in Exeter, England, where he works on military history after 1500 as well as British history.

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