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    DescriptionIn this brilliant history of warfare, Jeremy Black is the first to approach the entire modern era from a comprehensive global perspective. He provides a wide-ranging account of the nature, purpose, and experience of war over the past half-millennium and argues the importance of viewing the rise of European power within a wider international context. Investigating both land and sea warfare, Black examines weaponry, tactics, strategy, and resources as well as the political, social, and cultural impact of conflict. The book takes issue with established interpretations, not least those that emphasize technology, and challenges the view that European military and naval forces were dominant throughout the period. European mastery at sea did not always translate into equivalent success on land, says Black, and many non-European military systems-the Ottomans in their expansionist years, Babur and the Mughals in sixteenth-century India, and the Manchu in China in the following century, for example-were formidable in their own right. The author contends that in the nineteenth century, the focal period of Europe's military revolution, the international military balance shifted decisively. Black shows how military developments, combined with political, economic, and ideological shifts, influenced the nature and success of European imperialism. Linking debates on early modern history with those of more recent centuries, he offers a fundamental reexamination of the role of war in the progress of nations.

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    War and the World
    Military Power and the Fate of Continents, 1450-2000
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeremy Black
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 346
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 763 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300082852
    ISBN 10: 0300082851

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    New edition
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 April 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Jeremy Black is professor of history at the University of Exeter. He is the author of many books, including Maps and History: Constructing Images of the Past (ISBN: 0 300 06976 6, #25.00), also published by Yale University Press.
    Review quote
    "This is a tribute to Black's industry and scholarship...I am confident that it will feature prominently in the working libraries of professional historians and the reading lists of their students." Richard Holmes, Literary Review "This volume is essential for military historians and could be perused profitably by the general reader." Virginia Quarterly Review "With this book, Jeremy Black provides an account of how war has been waged over the past five and a half centuries in the European and non-European worlds. He has written what is in effect a global history of armed conflict." David B. Ralston, American Historical Review