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    by Routledge

    Addressing the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of a rapidly growing and ever more complex corpus of literature, Military History is a new title from Routledge’s Critical Concepts in Military, Strategic, and Security Studies series. Edited by Jeremy Black (‘the most prolific historical scholar of our age’), it is a four-volume collection which brings together the very best scholarship in a one-stop ‘mini library’ of major works.

    Black avers that military history is increasingly seen as a global enterprise and Eurocentric/Western perspectives and paradigms often now appear questionable, if not redundant. Moreover, a teleology of warfare leading towards the total warfare of the twentieth century—the two world wars and the Cold War—appears far less convincing, he says, in light of developments since 1990. This kind of re-examination of long-held assumptions about military history has guided the selection of materials, which are organized chronologically, but with abundant cross-referencing to enable users to pursue thematic approaches. The focus is on major works published since 1990, first to centre on current research, questions, and perspectives and, secondly, because earlier literature can be followed through these pieces.

    Military History is fully indexed and includes a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context. It is an essential reference work and is destined to be valued by scholars and students as a vital research and pedagogic resource.

    Volume I: 1450-1650

    1. Parker, Geoffrey, ‘Military Revolutions, Past and Present,’ Historically Speaking, 4 no. 4 (Ap. 2003), pp. 2-7.

    2. Börekçi, Günhan., ‘A Contribution to the Military Revolution Debate: the Janissaries’ Use of Volley Fire during the long Ottoman-Habsburg War of 1593-1606,’ Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 59 (2006), pp. 407-438.

    3. Hoffman, Phillip.T., ‘Prices, the Military Revolution, and Western Europe’s Comparative Advantage in Violence,’ Economic History Review, 64 (2011), pp. 39-59.

    4. Halkos, George. and Kyrazis, Nicholas., ‘A Naval Revolution and Institutional Change: The Case of the United Provinces,’ European Journal of Law and Economics, 19 (2005), pp. 41-68.

    5. Paul, Michael, ‘The Military Revolution in Russia, 1550-1682,’ Journal of Military History, 68 (2004), pp. 9-45.

    6. Knaap, Gerrit., ‘Headhunting, Carnage and Armed Peace in Ambonia, 1500-1700,’ Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 46 (2003), pp. 165-192.

    7. Parrott, David, ‘The Utility of Fortifications in Early Modern Europe: Italian Princes and Their Citadels, 1540-1640,’ War in History, 7 (2000): 127-153.

    8. Tucker, Treva J., ‘Eminence over Efficacy: Social Status and Cavalry Service in Sixteenth-Century France,’ Sixteenth Century Journal, 22 (2001), pp. 1057-1095.

    9. White, Lorraine, ‘Spain’s Early Modern Soldiers: Origins, Motivation and Loyalty’, War and Society, 19 (2001), pp. 19-46.

    10. Heesterman, J.C, ‘Warrior, Peasant and Brahmin’, Modern Asian Studies, 29 (1995), pp. 637-654.

    11. Swope, Kenneth.M., ‘Turning the Tide: The Strategic and Psychological Significance of the Liberation of Pyongyang in 1593,’ War and Society, 21 (2003), pp. 1-22.

    12. Robinson, Gavin., ‘Equine Battering Rams? A Reassessment of Cavalry Charges in the English Civil War’, Journal of Military History, 75 (2011), pp. 719-731.

    13. Randall, David., ‘Providence, Fortune and the Experience of Combat: English Printed Battlefield Reports, c. 1570-1637,’ Sixteenth-Century Journal, 35 (2004), pp. 1053-1077.

    14. White, Lorraine, ‘Strategic Geography and the Spanish Habsburg Monarchy’s Failure to Recover Portugal, 1640-1668’, Journal of Military History, 71 (2007), pp. 373-409.

    Volume II: 1650-1789

    15. Axworthy, Michael, ‘The Army of Nader Shah,’ Iranian Studies, 40 (2007), pp. 635-646.

    16. Dai, Yingcong., ‘A Disguised Defeat: the Myanmar Campaign of the Qing Dynasty,’ Modern Asian Studies, 38 (2004), pp. 145-189.

    17. Lee, Wayne, ‘Early American Ways of War: A New Reconnaissance, 1600-1815,’ Historical Journal, 44 (2001), pp. 269-289.

    18. Aksan, Virginia, ‘Breaking the Spell of the Baron de Tott: Reframing the Question of Military Reform in the Ottoman Empire, 1760-1830,’ International History Review, 24 (2002), pp. 253-277.

    19. Parrott, David, ‘Cultures of Combat in the Ancien Régime: Linear Warfare, Noble Values, and Entrepreneurship,’ International History Review, 27 (2005), pp.518-533.

    20. Stone, John., ‘The Point of the Bayonet,’ Technology and Culture, 53 (2012), pp. 885-908.

    21. Rowlands, Guy., ‘Foreign Service in the Age of Absolute Monarchy: Louis XIV and his Forces Étrangères,’ War in History, 17 (2010), pp. 141-165.

    22. Ostwald, Jamel., ‘The "Decisive" Battle of Ramillies, 1706: Prerequisites for Decisiveness in Early Modern Warfare,’ Journal of Military History, 64 (2000), pp. 668-677.

    23. Bryant, G.J., ‘Asymmetric Warfare: The British Experience in Eighteenth-Century India,’ Journal of Military History, 68 (2014), pp. 431-469.

    24. Blaufarb, Rafe, ‘Noble Privilege and Absolutist State Building: French Military Administration After the Seven Years’ War,’ French Historical Studies, 24 (2001), pp. 223-246.

    25. Willis, Sam, ‘Fleet Performance and Capability in the Eighteenth Century Royal Navy,’ War in History, 11 (2004), pp. 373-392.

    26. Cock, Randolph, ‘The Finest Invention in the World: The Royal Navy’s Early Trials of Copper Sheathing, 1708-70,’ Mariner’s Mirror, 87 (2001), pp. 446-459.

    27. Macdougall, Phillip., ‘British Seapower and the Mysore Wars of the Eighteenth Century,’ Mariner’s Mirror, 97 (2011), pp. 299-314.

    28. Wilcox, Martin. ‘"This Great Complex Concern": Victualling the Royal Navy on the East Indies Station, 1780-1815,’ Mariner’s Mirror, 97 (2011), pp. 32-49.

    Volume III: 1789-1914

    29. Paret, Peter, review of David Bell, First Total War in American Historical Review, 112 (2007), pp. 1489-1491.

    30. LeDonne, John.P., ‘Geopolitics, Logistics, and Grain: Russia’s Ambitions in the Black Sea Basin, 1737-1834,’ International History Review, 28 (2006), pp. 1-41.

    31. Esdaile, Charles, ‘De-constructing the French Wars: Napoleon as Anti-Strategist,’ Journal of Strategic Studies, 31 (2008), pp. 515-552.

    32. Guedea, Virginia., ‘The Process of Mexican Independence,’ American Historical Review, 105 (2000), pp. 116-122.

    33. Phillips, Gervase., ‘Military Morality Transformed: Weapons and Soldiers on the Nineteenth-Century Battlefield,’ Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 41 (2001), pp. 1565-1590.

    34. Harvey, A.D., ‘Was the Civil War the First Modern War?’, History (2012), pp. 272-280.

    35. Shallat, Todd.A., ‘American Gibraltars: Army engineers and the quest for a scientific defense of the nation, 1815-1860,’ Army History, 66 (winter 2008), pp. 5-19.

    36. Fuller, Howard, ‘"This country now occupies the vantage ground": Understanding John Ericsson’s monitors and the American Union’s war against British naval superiority,’ American Neptune, 62 (2002): 91-111.

    37. Forsyth, Michael.J., ‘The Military Provides Lincoln a Mandate,’ Army History, 53 (2001), pp. 11-17.

    38. Jalali, Ali.A. and Grau, Lester.W., ‘Expeditionary forces: superior technology defeated the battle of Maiwand,’ Military Review, 81 (2001), pp. 71-82.

    39. Shimazu, Naoko., ‘The myth of the "patriot soldier": Japanese attitudes towards death in the Russo-Japanese War,’ War and Society, 19 (2001), pp. 69-89.

    40. Beeler, Jan., ‘The theatre of navalism in Germany and Britain,’ International History Review, 30 (2008), pp. 332-342.

    41. Grove, Eric, ‘The Battleship Is Dead: Long Live the Battleship: HMS Dreadnought and the Limits of Technological Innovation,’ Mariner’s Mirror, 93 (2007), pp. 415-427.

    42. Lambert, Nicolas., ‘Transformation and technology in the Fisher era: The impact of the communications revolution, 1904-1910,’ Journal of Strategic Studies, 27 (2004), pp. 272-297.

    43. Welch, Michael., ‘The centenary of the British publication of Jean de Bloch’s Is War Now Impossible?,’ War in History, 7 (2000), pp. 273-294.

    44. Varley, Karine., ‘Under the shadow of defeat: The state and the commemoration of the Franco-Prussian War, 1871-1914,’ French History, 16 (2002), pp. 223-244.

    45. Johansen, Anja., ‘Violent repression or modern strategies of crowd management: Soldiers as riot police in France and Germany, 1890-1914,’ French History, 15 (2001), pp. 400-420.

    46. Epkenhans, Michael., ‘Military-Industrial Relations in Imperial Germany, 1870-1914,’ War in History, 10 (2003), pp. 1-26.

    47. Whitmarsh, Andrew., ‘British army manoeuvres and the development of military aviation, 1910-1913,’ War in History, 14 (2007), pp. 325-346.

    48. Sutherland, Daniel.E., ‘Sideshow No Longer: A Historiographical Review of the Guerrilla War,’ Civil War History, 46 (2000), pp. 5-23.

    49. Strachan, Huw, ‘On Total War and Modern War,’ International History Review, (2000), pp. 341-370.

    Volume IV: War since 1914

    50. Kudaisya, Guyanesh., ‘"In Aid of Civil Power": The Colonial Army in Northern India, c. 1919-42,’ Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 32 (2004), pp. 41-68.

    51. Mark Doyle, ‘Massacre by the Brook: Amritsar and the Rules of Public-Order Policing in Britain and India,’ Britain and the World, 4 (2011), pp. 247-268.

    52. Hughes, Matthew, ‘The "European Aldershot" for the Second World War: The Battle of the Ebro, 1938’, RUSI Journal, 147, no. 6 (Dec 2002): 76-81.

    53. Weinberg, Gerhard, ‘Some Myths of World War II,’ Journal of Military History, 75 (2011), pp. 701-718.

    54. Corum, James.S., ‘Myths of Blitzkrieg,’ Historically Speaking, 6 (2005), pp. 11-13.

    55. Reese, Roger, ‘Lessons of the Winter War: A Study in the Military Effectiveness of the Red Army,’ Journal of Military History, 72 (2008), pp. 825-852.

    56. Gooch, John., ‘The Politics of Strategy: Great Britain, Australia, and the War against Japan, 1939-1945,’ War in History, 10 (2003), pp. 424-447.

    57. Gregor, Neil., ‘A Schickalsgemeinschaft? Allied Bombing, Civilian Morale, and Social Dissolution in Nuremberg, 1942-1945’, Historical Journal, 43 (2000), pp. 1051-1070.

    58. Nolan, Mary, ‘Germans as Victims during the Second World War: Air Wars, Memory Wars,’ Central European History, 38 (2005), pp. 7-40.

    59. Daddis, Gregory, ‘Mired n a Quagmire: Popular Interpretations of the Vietnam War’, Orbis, 57,4, fall 2013, pp. 532-548.

    60. Young, James. L., ‘The Heights of Ineptitude: The Syrian Army’s Assault on the Golan Heights,’ Journal of Military History, 74 (2010), pp. 852-870.

    61. Lambeth, Benjamin, ‘Learning from Lebanon. Airpower and Strategy in Israel’s 2006 War against Hezbollah,’ Naval War College Review, 65, no. 3 (summer 2012), pp.83-104.

    62. Record, Jeffery., ‘The Use and Abuse of History: Munich, Vietnam and Iraq,’ Survival, 49 (2007), pp. 163-180.

    63. Dombrowski, Peter.J., Cholz, Eugene. and Andrew.L. Ross, ‘Selling Military Transformation: The Defense Industry and Innovation,’ Orbis, 48 (2002), pp. 526-536.

    64. Rubel, Robert.C., ‘The Future of Aircraft Carriers,’ Naval War College Review, 64, no. 4 (autumn 2011), pp. 19-26.

    65. Lake, Dan, ‘the Limits of Coercive Airpower: NATO’s "Victory" in Kosovo Revisited,’ International Security, 34 (2009), pp. 83-112.

    66. Biddle, Stephen, ‘Afghanistan and the Future of Warfare,’ Foreign Affairs, 82 no. 2 (March-April 2003), pp. 31-46.

    67. Clover, Charles and Jamil Anderlini, ‘Xi vows to modernise armed forces as Beijing parades military might,’ Financial Times, 4 Sept. 2015: 4, pp. 1-3.

    68. Singer, Peter, ‘Rights, Wrongs and Drones: Remote Warfare, Ethics and the Challenge of Just War Reasoning,’ Air Power Review, 16, 3 (autumn/winter 2013), pp. 30-49.

    69. Terrett, Kevin, ‘Stalemate: How the Future of Air Power Might Look in the Shadow of the Emerging Fifth-Generation Air Threat,’ Air Power Review, 15, 2 (summer 2012), pp.17-32.

    70. Boyle, Michael, J., ‘The Race for Drones,’ Orbis, 59, 1 (winter 2015), pp. 76-94.


    Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter.