4th Edition

Introduction to Global Military History 1775 to the Present Day

By Jeremy Black Copyright 2025
    368 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    368 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in its fourth edition, Introduction to Global Military History is an accessible, up-to-date account of modern warfare from the eighteenth century to the present.

    The book engages with the social, cultural, political and economic contexts of war, examining the causes and consequences of conflict beyond national and chronological boundaries. It challenges the dominant Western-centric, technologically focused view of military history and instead emphasises the ranges of circumstances faced by both Western and non-Western powers and the absence of any one direction of development. The chapters present integrated discussions of land, naval and air conflicts, addressing continuities and the ways in which common experiences affected different spheres. This edition revises the text throughout, has increased focus on the developments in the 2000s and 2010s, and adds a new chapter on the 2020s.

    Supported by a variety of illustrations, maps and case studies, this study is a valuable resource for students of military history and general readers alike.

    Introduction  1. The world of war in the eighteenth century  2. Empires rise and fall, 1800–30  3. Moulding states, 1830–80  4. Building empires, 1830–1913  5. World War One, 1914–18  6. Between two world wars  7. World War Two, 1939–45  8. Wars of decolonisation, 1945–94  9. The Cold War  10. Wars between non-Western powers, 1945–90  11. War in the 1990s  12. War in the 2000s  13. War in the 2010s  14. War in the 2020s  15. Conclusions


    Jeremy Black is author of numerous books, including A Brief History of History, Tank Warfare, and Charting the Past: The Historical Worlds of Eighteenth-Century England. He is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Exeter and a Senior Fellow of both the British Foreign Policy Group and of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Black is a recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society for Military History. Follow Black on his website, jeremyblackhistorian.wordpress.com.

    This book encourages a reader to grapple with broad questions of defense policy in the face of an aggressive, revisionist power such as happens sometimes in military modern and contemporary history.

    Professor Constantin HlihorBucharest University, Romania