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:PrefaceIntroduction to the Johns Hopkins Edition, by Alex RolandIntroduction to the Original EditionPart I: The Age of the Great CaptainsChapter 1: Land Warfare from the Renaissance to the Neoclassical Age (1415-1789)i. New Techniques and Types of Military Organizationii. The Wars for Italy and the Rise of Spain (1494-1559)iii. The Army of the Spanish Hapsburgsiv. Spain's Decline (1559-1659)v. The Age of Louis XIV (1643-1715)vi. The Age of Frederick the Great: Neoclassical Warfarevii. The Common Soldier in the Neoclassical AgeChapter 2: Naval Warfare from the Renaissance to the Neoclassical Age (1417-1789)i. The Command of the Seaii. Portuguese and Spanish Sea Poweriii. The Rise of English Sea Poweriv. Navies in the Neoclassical AgeChapter 3: The Anglo-American Military Traditioni. The Weakness of the Standing Armyii. Problems of Imperial Defenseiii. The Break with Britainiv. The Continental Army and Navyv. The British in the American RevolutionChapter 4: The French Revolution and Napoleoni. French Military Reformersii. The Revolutioniii. The Organizer of Victoryiv. The Napoleonic Empirev. The Opposition to Napoleon: The Peninsulavi. 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 Peaceii. Austria, Russia, and Franceiii. PrussiaChapter 6: The Wars of the Mid-Nineteenth Century (1854-1871)i. The New Weapons of the Industrial Revolutionii. The Crimean and Italian Warsiii. The Rise of Germanyiv. The American Civil War: Men and Tacticsv. The American Civil War: StrategyChapter 7: The Years of Uneasy Peace (1871-1914)i. Military Organization: The Spread of Prussian Doctrineii. Mobilization and Intellectual Preparation of the Mass Armyiii. The Race for Colonies and Sea Poweriv. Land Tactics with the New Fire Weaponsv. The War Plans of the Continental Powersvi. British Participation in a Continental WarPart III: The Age of ViolenceChapter 8: The First World Wari. 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 Settlementsii. The Totalitarian State: Bolshevik Russiaiii. Italian Fascism and the Theories of Giulio Douhetiv. The Military Recovery of Germanyv. The Three DemocraciesChapter 10: The Second World Wari. The Opening Battlesii. Britain, the Mediterranean, and the Atlanticiii. The Russo-German Wariv. Allied Deployment: Decision in Western Europev. The East Asian and Pacific Wars: The Japanese Raidvi. The Allied Counterattack in the Pacificvii. The War for East AsiaEpilogueIndex