Academic journal article Military Review

War in the Modern World since 1815

Academic journal article Military Review

War in the Modern World since 1815

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WAR IN THE MODERN WORLD SINCE 1815, Jeremy Black, ed., Routledge, London, 2003, 268 pages, $27.95.

Since the advent of "modernity," the study of military history in the past half-century, particularly in the West, has focused on the great events in Europe and North America. Wars elsewhere around the globe have been largely ignored. Noted historian Jeremy Black's essay collection War in the Modern World Since 1815 redresses the situation and offers a collection of essays written by scholars from diverse historical backgrounds. The essays do not focus on the European way of war, but on the differences and similarities of ways of war that have manifested themselves around the world for the past 200 years. What emerges is a useful and interesting study contrasting military developments of which people in the West are only vaguely aware.

Traditional European methods of war appear in Black's book; however, only one essay directly addresses them. Two other essays, which address naval and air power, center on developments in Europe and the United States; a third addresses the U.S. military during the same period. …

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