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The Age of Battles : The Quest for Decisive Warfare from Breitenfeld to Waterloo

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One of the most interesting, important, and ambitious books about the conduct, and perhaps the ultimate futility, of war." -Gunther E. Rothenberg[A] highly scholarly and wonderfully absorbing study." -John Bayley, The London Review of BooksWhat Russell F. Weigley writes, the rest of us read. The Age of Battles is a persuasive reminder that even in the age of `rational' warfare, one can honestly wonder why war seemed an unavoidable policy choice." -Allan R. Millett, The Journal of American Historyshow more

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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 839.14g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253217075
  • 9780253217073
  • 915,634

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"What Russell F. Weigley writes, the rest of us read. The Age of Battles is a persuasive reminder that even in the age of 'rational' warfare, one can honestly wonder why war seemed an unavoidable policy choice." ""What Russell F. Weigley writes, the rest of us read. The Age of Battles is a persuasive reminder that even in the age of 'rational' warfare, one can honestly wonder why war seemed an unavoidable policy choice.""show more

Table of contents

IntroductionNote on DatesPart One. The Profession of Officership and the Birth of Modern War1. The Return of the Legions: Gustavus Adolphus and Breitenfeld2. The Limits of the New Legions: Lutzen and After3. Under the Lily Banners: Rocroi4. The Army of the Sun King5. Marlborough's Battles: Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, and Malplaquet6. The Emergence of the Great Powers of Eastern Europe7. The Rise of Naval PowerPart Two. The EIghteenth Century: The Classical Epoch of Modern War8. The Battles of Frederick the Great9. The French and British Armed Forces from the Rhine to the St. Lawrence10. Toward Wars of Nations: The War of American Independence11. Prelude to RevolutionPart Three. Thunderstrokes of Battle: The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars12. The French Revolution: Transformation and Continuity in War13. Sea Power and Empire14. The Climax of Napoleonic War: To Austerlitz and Jena-Auerstadt15. The Gradual Eclipse of the Battle of Annihilation; The Rise of the War of Attrition16. Campaigns of Exhaustion and Attrition17. The Resurgence of Military Professionalism18. The Downfall of Genius19. The End of an Age: Waterloo20. On the Future of WarBibliographical NotesIndexshow more

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