Academic journal article Military Review

War in the Modern World since 1815-2000

Academic journal article Military Review

War in the Modern World since 1815-2000

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WAR IN THE MODERN WORLD SINCE 1815-2000, Jeremy Black, ed., Routledge, London, 2003, 224 pages, $32.95.

The study of military history in the past half-century, and since the advent of "modernity," has focused on the great historical events in Europe and North America. Conflicts or wars elsewhere around the globe have been largely ignored, except in specialized studies. Noted historian Jeremy Black's collection of essays, War in the Modern World Since 1815-2000, redresses the situation. Written by scholars from diverse historical backgrounds, this collection of essays focuses on the differences and similarities of ways of war that have manifested themselves around the world over the past 200 years. What emerges from these essays is a useful and interesting study contrasting military developments of which many in the West are barely aware.

To say an evaluation of the European (or more traditional) methods of warfare are absent in the book, or even secondary, would be misleading; but of the nine essays, only one directly addresses European warfare. Two deal with naval and air power respectively, centering on developments in Europe and the United States during this time; another essayist considers the American military during the same period. The remaining essays examine the events of the past two centuries in China, South Asia, Japan, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa, where the specter of European colonialism is everpresent. …

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