War Made New: Technology, Warefare, and the Course of History 1500 to Today  -     By: Max Boot
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War Made New: Technology, Warefare, and the Course of History 1500 to Today

Penguin Books / 2007 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 640
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)
ISBN: 1592403158
ISBN-13: 9781592403158

Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliantly crafted history.”
—The Wall Street Journal

“Magisterial.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“This is a book for both the general reader and reading generals.”
—New York Post

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