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The Patterns of War Since the Eighteenth Century, Second Edition

Larry H. Addington

Publication Year: 1994

"This important work... synthesizes the evolution of warfare from 1775 to the present." -- Military Review

A thorough revision of a highly successful text, this new edition provides a comprehensive picture of the evolution of modern warfare.

From reviews of the first edition:

"There is nothing else in print that tells so much so concisely about how war has been conducted since the days of Gen. George Washington."  -- Russell F. Weigley

"A superior synthesis. Well written, nicely organized, remarkably comprehensive, and laced with facts."  -- Military Affairs

Published by: Indiana University Press


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents [Includes List of Illustrations, Maps, and Diagrams]

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pp. vii-xvi

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Preface to the Second Edition

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p. xvii

One of the advantages of producing a revised edition is that the author has the benefit of the input of many readers of the original, whether the comments be laudatory or critical. Since the publication of the first edition in 1984, some commentators have pointed out factual errors, some...

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pp. xix-xx

I have attempted in this book to present, in a narrative form, a synthesis of the many changes in war that have taken place from the late eighteenth century to the present. The book is not intended to be a complete history of warfare or of wars in that crowded era, but I hope that I have...

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1. From Dynastic to National Warfare, 1775-1815

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pp. 1-42

In the forty years between 1775 and 1815 there occurred a revolution in Western warfare that coincided with the coming of the American and French revolutions and the Age of Napoleon. This revolution swept away the traditional forms of dynastic warfare that had evolved in the European...

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2. The Nineteenth Century, 1815-72

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pp. 43-101

A. The Long Peace and Military Thought. No wars occurred among the major European powers for almost forty years after Waterloo. Before 1850, the armed violence of the period was mostly internal and associated with liberal revolts or with the early social effects of the Industrial Revolution. ...

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3. The March toward World War, 1871-1914

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pp. 102-133

A. The Spread off the German System and the Technology off Land Warfaare. In the years after 1871 France, Italy, Austria-Hungary, and Russia followed Germany in adopting the Nation-in-Arms and the German-style war college and general staff. The size of the major European armies...

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4. The First World War, 1914-18

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pp. 134-171

A. The Outbreak of War. The Great War, as the generation between 1914 and 1939 would call it, was precipitated by the assassination of the Archduke Francis-Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, on June 28, 1914, while he was making a state visit to Sarajevo in Bosnia. ...

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5. Between the World Wars, 1919-39

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pp. 172-194

The years between the world wars saw the greatest effort to that time to control armaments and to discourage war through treaty. The approach varied in form all the way from the dictated armament clauses in the Treaty of Versailles with Germany to the voluntary renunciation of war...

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6. The Second World War, 1939-45

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pp. 195-265

A. The German Armed Forces to the Eve of War. From the time Adolf Hitler took power in 1933, he was determined to carry out a German expansion over central and eastern Europe (including western Russia) that would establish the dominion of the Herrenuvolk ("master race")...

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7. The Patterns of the Cold War, 1945-89, and Their Aftermath

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pp. 266-323

The patterns of war after World War II emerged against a background of several historic developments. The first was the continuing technological revolution in the twentieth century, especially as regards nuclear explosives, their carriers, precision-guided munitions of all kinds, and electronics. ...

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pp. 324-326

According to one authority, the number of armed conflicts around the globe dropped from about forty in the early 1980s to the low twenties in the early 1990s. Nearly all of these current wars are internal struggles, the most serious perhaps being the civil war in Yugosllavia, the first prolonged...

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pp. 327-348


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pp. 349-360

E-ISBN-13: 9780253111098
E-ISBN-10: 0253111099
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253301321

Page Count: 384
Publication Year: 1994

Edition: Second Edition

OCLC Number: 624563116
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  • Military history, Modern -- 19th century.
  • Military history, Modern -- 18th century.
  • Military art and science -- History -- 20th century.
  • Military art and science -- History -- 18th century.
  • Military history, Modern -- 20th century.
  • Military art and science -- History -- 19th century.
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