Page Count: 384
Publication Date: 1/1/2009
Size: 9.50" l x 8.00" w x 1.50"
Hardcover book in like new condition
A global survey of modern warfare, from the first fervid days of the French Revolution of 1789 to the bloody stalemate that ended the Iran-Iraq War in 1988.
In the modern era, warfare entered a new phase. Technological innovation yielded exceedingly destructive weaponry, international communications and alliances greatly extended the reach of conflicts, and military strategists increasingly targeted infrastructure and civilians, while new media - first photography, then film and television - conveyed the horror and brutality of industrialized combat to those who had the good fortune to live beyond the battle zones.
The War Chronicles: From Flintlocks to Machine Guns adopts the innovative and accessible format of its predecessor, which spanned the period from 500 BC to the American Revolution, to chart the astonishingly rapid evolution of modern warfare. In doing so, it traces the transformation of battle tactics, from the prearranged set-piece encounters of the Napoleonic Wars to the massive naval landings and aerial bombardments of World War II, explains the scientific innovations that yielded the machine gun, the tank, and the atom bomb, and vividly renders the key victories that turned the tide of war, from Waterloo to Gettysburg to D-Day. At the same time, it reiterates the constants of conflict: the slaughters and massacres, including the Holocaust; the personal sacrifices made by those battling tyranny, among them the rebels of revolutionary France,Greece, and Mexico; and the extraordinary influence of charismatic leaders, ranging from Napoleon and Pancho Villa to Hitler.
Sweeping in its scope, yet intimate in its insights into the motivations of politicians, strategists, commanders, and soldiers, this is a collection that will enhance our understanding of the modern world and your own place