Cover of: War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History by Max Boot
Preview

Buy this book

When you buy books using these links the Internet Archive may earn a small commission.

Last edited by MARC Bot
July 22, 2019 | History

War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History

1500 to Today

  • 0 Ratings
  • 5 Want to read
  • 0 Currently reading
  • 1 Have read

This edition was published in by Gotham

Written in English

640 pages

A monumental, groundbreaking work of history that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield—from the Spanish Armada to the War on Terror— and how mastery of these innovations has shaped the rise and fall of nations and empiresIn War Made New, acclaimed author Max Boot explores how innovations in warfare mark crucial turning points in modern history, influencing events well beyond the realm of combat. Combining gripping narrative history with wide-ranging analysis, Boot focuses on four "revolutions" in military affairs and describes key battles from each period to explain how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-guided air-strikes have remade the field of battle— and shaped the rise and fall of empires.Bringing to life battles from the defeat of the Spanish Armada to Wellington's victory at Assaye, War Made New analyzes 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, including the British triumph at Omdurman and the climax of the Russo-Japanese war at Tsushima, 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—the German army's blitzkrieg, Pearl Harbor, and the firebombing of Tokyo—to illustrate how new technology such as the tank, radio, and airplane ushered in terrifying new forms of warfare that aided the rise of highly centralized, and even totalitarian, world powers. Finally, in his section on the Information Revolution, Boot focuses on the Gulf War, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the Iraq war, arguing that even as cutting-edge technologies such as stealth aircraft have made America the greatest military power in world history, advanced communications systems have allowed decentralized, "irregular" forces to become an increasingly significant threat to Western power.

Read more

Previews available in: English

Edition Availability
Cover of: War Made New
War Made New
2008, Penguin Group USA, Inc.
Electronic resource in English
Cover of: War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History
War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today
October 19, 2006, Gotham
Hardcover in English

Add another edition?

War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History

First published in 2006



Work Description

A monumental, groundbreaking work of history that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield—from the Spanish Armada to the War on Terror— and how mastery of these innovations has shaped the rise and fall of nations and empiresIn War Made New, acclaimed author Max Boot explores how innovations in warfare mark crucial turning points in modern history, influencing events well beyond the realm of combat. Combining gripping narrative history with wide-ranging analysis, Boot focuses on four "revolutions" in military affairs and describes key battles from each period to explain how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-guided air-strikes have remade the field of battle— and shaped the rise and fall of empires.Bringing to life battles from the defeat of the Spanish Armada to Wellington's victory at Assaye, War Made New analyzes 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, including the British triumph at Omdurman and the climax of the Russo-Japanese war at Tsushima, 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—the German army's blitzkrieg, Pearl Harbor, and the firebombing of Tokyo—to illustrate how new technology such as the tank, radio, and airplane ushered in terrifying new forms of warfare that aided the rise of highly centralized, and even totalitarian, world powers. Finally, in his section on the Information Revolution, Boot focuses on the Gulf War, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the Iraq war, arguing that even as cutting-edge technologies such as stealth aircraft have made America the greatest military power in world history, advanced communications systems have allowed decentralized, "irregular" forces to become an increasingly significant threat to Western power.

War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History

1500 to Today

This edition was published in by Gotham


Classifications

Library of Congress
D214 .B67 2006

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL8866409M
Internet Archive
warmadenewtechno00boot
ISBN 10
1592402224
ISBN 13
9781592402229
LC Control Number
2006015518
Library Thing
1397318
Goodreads
74175

Community Reviews (0)

Feedback?
No community reviews have been submitted for this work.

Lists containing this Book

History

Download catalog record: RDF / JSON
July 22, 2019 Edited by MARC Bot remove fake subjects
July 15, 2019 Edited by MARC Bot import existing book
January 13, 2019 Edited by MARC Bot import existing book
June 17, 2010 Edited by ImportBot add details from OverDrive
December 10, 2009 Created by WorkBot add works page