In this companion volume to "Western Warfare, 1775-1882," Jeremy Black takes his analysis of modern warfare into the twentieth century. As before, a distinctive feature of the author's approach is the coverage of both land and naval warfare as well as conflict within the West and between Western and non-Western powers. Beginning with the British conquest of Egypt in 1882, this book goes on to examine the Spanish-American War of 1898, the Boer War and the Balkan conflicts leading to world war in 1914. A revisionist account of the First World War is followed by a discussion of Western expansionism in the period to 1936. Chapters on the interwar years and the Second World War lead on to a discussion of the retreat from empire and the advent of Cold War. The narrative closes with the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 and a discussion of the limitations of Western military technique, doctrine and technology. Throughout, the themes of military change and modernization are brought into sharp focus and the revolutionary characteristics of the machination of war in this period are questioned. Jeremy Black offers a new and challenging interpretation of modern warfare that will be required reading not only for students of military history but for all those interested in the impact of war in the making of the modern world.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction 1. From Egypt to Ethiopia: Western Expansionism, 1882-1936 2. The West, 1882-1913 3. World War One, 1914-18 4. The Interwar Years 5. World War Two 6. Naval Power and Warfare 7. Air Power and Warfare 8. The Retreat from Empire: Singapore to Mozambique, 1942-75 9. Military Power in the West, 1946-75 10. Social and Political Contexts 11. Conclusions Notes Selected Further Reading Index
Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter.