From the Renaissance to the Cold War, the definitive survey of the social, political, military, and technological aspects of modern warfare returns to print in a new paperback edition. Topics include land and sea warfare from the Renaissance to the neoclassical age; the Anglo-American military tradition; the French Revolution and Napoleon; the Industrial Revolution and war; and the First and Second World Wars and their aftermath.
Theodore Ropp is a professor of history emeritus at Duke University. He is the author of The Development of a Modern Navy: French Naval Policy, 1871-1904 and History and War. He was awarded the 1991 Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for his contributions to the field of military history. Alex Roland is chair of the History Department at Duke University and the author of Underwater Warfare in the Age of Sail, Model Research: The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1915-1958, and (with Richard Preston and Sydney Wise) Men in Arms: A History of Warfare and Its Interrelationships with Western Society.
Contents: Preface Introduction to the Johns Hopkins Edition, by Alex Roland Introduction to the Original Edition Part I: The Age of the Great Captain sChapter 1: Land Warfare from the Renaissance to the Neoclassical Age (1415-1789) i. New Techniques and Types of Military Organization ii. The Wars for Italy and the Rise of Spain (1494-1559) iii. The Army of the Spanish Hapsburgs iv. Spain's Decline (1559-1659) v. The Age of Louis XIV (1643-1715) vi. The Age of Frederick the Great: Neoclassical Warfare vii. The Common Soldier in the Neoclassical AgeChapter 2: Naval Warfare from the Renaissance to the Neoclassical Age (1417-1789) i. The Command of the Sea ii. Portuguese and Spanish Sea Power iii. The Rise of English Sea Power iv. Navies in the Neoclassical AgeChapter 3: The Anglo-American Military Tradition i. The Weakness of the Standing Army ii. Problems of Imperial Defense iii. The Break with Britain iv. The Continental Army and Navy v. The British in the American RevolutionChapter 4: The French Revolution and Napoleon i. French Military Reformers ii. The Revolution iii. The Organizer of Victory iv. The Napoleonic Empire v. The Opposition to Napoleon: The Peninsula vi. The Opposition to Napoleon in Eastern EuropePart II: The Industrial Revolution and WarChapter 5: The First Half of Nineteenth Century (1815-1853) i. Britain and the Long Peace ii. Austria, Russia, and France iii. PrussiaChapter 6: The Wars of the Mid-Nineteenth Century (1854-1871) i. The New Weapons of the Industrial Revolution ii. The Crimean and Italian Wars iii. The Rise of Germany iv. The American Civil War: Men and Tactics v. The American Civil War: StrategyChapter 7: The Years of Uneasy Peace (1871-1914) i. Military Organization: The Spread of Prussian Doctrine ii. Mobilization and Intellectual Preparation of the Mass Army iii. The Race for Colonies and Sea Power iv. Land Tactics with the New Fire Weapons v. The War Plans of the Continental Powers vi. British Participation in a Continental WarPart III: The Age of Violence Chapter 8: The First World War i. The Opening Battles (1914) ii. Deadlock in the West (1915-1916) iii. German Victory in the East (1915-1916) iv. The United States and the War (1917) v. Years of Decision (1917-1918)Chapter 9: The Long Armistice (1919-1939) i. The Peace Settlements ii. The Totalitarian State: Bolshevik Russia iii. Italian Fascism and the Theories of Giulio Douhet iv. The Military Recovery of Germany v. The Three DemocraciesChapter 10: The Second World War i. The Opening Battles ii. Britain, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic iii. The Russo-German War iv. Allied Deployment: Decision in Western Europe v. The East Asian and Pacific Wars: The Japanese Raid vi. The Allied Counterattack in the Pacific vii. The War for East AsiaEpilogue Index