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The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050


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1. Introduction Williamson Murray and MacGregor Knox; 2. 'As if a new sun had arisen': England's fourteenth-century RMA Clifford J. Rogers; 3. Forging the Western army in seventeenth-century France John A. Lynn; 4. Mass politics and nationalism as military revolution: the French Revolution and after MacGregor Knox; 5. Surviving military revolution: the US Civil War Mark Grimsley; 6. The Prusso-German RMA, 1840-71 Dennis E. Showalter; 7. The battlefleet revolution, 1885-1914 Holger H. Herwig; 8. The First World War and the birth of modern warfare Jonathan B. A. Bailey; 9. May 1940: contingency and fragility of the German RMA Williamson Murray; 10. Conclusion: the future behind us Williamson Murray and MacGregor Knox.

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This book studies the changes that have marked war in the Western World since the thirteenth century.


'... there is a fine scholarship, perceptive judgment and much of interest in the collection ...'. English Historical Review
"The Dynamics of Military Revolution brings a much needed historical perspective to the current debate about the 'revolution in military affairs.' The future of military force is not simply about technology, but rather about the concepts and doctrine that utilize technology to achieve larger purposes. That is precisely the focus of this challenging and thoughtful book." -Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
"This is an important little book. It deserves to be widely read." -The Washington Times
"This provocative book is a welcome addition to the literature on military innovation that is well recommended to those with any interest in the ongoing debate about U.S. force transformation." -Air Power History
"The separate chapters contain some of the best examples of analytical history available...a first-class work that should be on every professional's reading list." -Air & Space Power Journal
"...highly readable, impecably researched, and academically of the first order... the book provides some interesting insights in discussions..." -Mark O'Hare, Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
"...provocative findings and the book's case studies provide a needed context for current debates...these essays provide needed context for understanding the dynamics of military change..." -H-Net Reviews
"This book masterfully presents the most current and profound thinking on the subject of revolutions in military affairs. More importantly, it does so from an historical context that provides the foundation for the continuing dialogue needed to educate our nation's civilian and military leaders as they address possible future revolutions in military affairs." -Lieutenant General Paul Van Riper, USMC (ret.)
"Dynamics of Military Revolution is certain to be viewed as the standard work. This well-edited collection of scintillating case studies shows us how history can and should be used to test important ideas." -Colin S. Gray, University of Reading
"...reading The Dynamics of Military Revolution is well worth the time invested." -Parameters
"Whether one agrees with the editor's assessment or not, The Dynamics of Military Revolution will reward historians and military professionals alike. This book belongs on the reading lists of officers from all four services." -Miltary Review
"The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050...is a thought-provoking examination of critical military history. It provides prerequisite knowledge for understanding the true nature of RMAs and possible pitfalsl for the future U.S. military." -Special Warfare

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