The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300–2050

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The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300–2050

By MacGregor Knox

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The Dynamics of Military Revolution aims to bridge a major gap in the emerging literature on revolutions in military affairs, suggesting that there have been two very different phenomena at work over the past centuries: 'military revolutions', which are driven by vast social and political changes; and 'revolutions in military affairs', which military institutions have directed, although usually with great difficulty and ambiguous results. By providing both a conceptual framework and a historical context for thinking about revolutionary changes in military affairs, the work establishes a baseline for understanding the patterns of change, innovation, and adaptation that have marked war in the Western World since the thirteenth century - beginning with Edward III's revolutionary changes in medieval warfare, through the development of modern Western military institutions in seventeenth-century France, to the cataclysmic changes of the First World War and the German Blitzkrieg victories of 1940. This history provides a guide for thinking about military revolutions in the coming century, which are as inevitable as they are difficult to predict.

Subject: Social Sciences -> History -> History of the Americas

The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300–2050
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 8/27/01
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 110738561X
ISBN 13: 9781107385610
Print ISBN: 9780521800792

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