The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050

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MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray
Cambridge University Press, Aug 27, 2001 - History - 203 pages
The Dynamics of Military Revolution bridges a major gap in the emerging literature on revolutions in military affairs. It suggests that two very different phenomena have been 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. MacGregor Knox and Williamson Murray provide a conceptual framework and historical context for understanding the patterns of change, innovation, and adaptation that have marked war in the Western world since the fourteenth century--beginning with Edward III's revolution in medieval warfare, through the development of modern military institutions in seventeenth-century France, to the military impact of mass politics in the French Revolution, the cataclysmic military-industrial struggle of 1914-1918, and the German Blitzkrieg victories of 1940. Case studies and a conceptual overview offer an indispensible introduction to revolutionary military change,--which is as inevitable as it is difficult to predict. Macgregor Knox is the Stevenson Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of Common Destiny (Cambridge, 2000) and Hitler's Italian Allies (Cambridge, 2000). Knox and Murray are co-editors of Making of Strategy (Cambridge, 1996). Willamson Murray is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analysis. He is the co-editor of Military Innovation in the Interwar Period (Cambridge, 1996) and author of A War to Be Won (Harvard University Press, 2000).
 

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Contents

Thinking about revolutions in warfare
1
As if a new sun had arisen Englands fourteenthcentury RMA
15
Forging the Western army in seventeenthcentury France
35
Mass politics and nationalism as military revolution The French Revolution and after
57
Surviving military revolution The US Civil War
74
The PrussoGerman RMA 18401871
92
The battlefleet revolution 18851914
114
The First World War and the birth of modern warfare
132
May 1940 Contingency and fragility of the German RMA
154
Conclusion The future behind us
175
Index
195
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