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War in the Age of Technology
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Technology of one kind or another has always been a central ingredient in war. The Spartan king Archidamus, for instance, reacted with alarm when first witnessing a weapon that could shoot darts through the air. And yet during the past two centuries technology has played an unprecedented role in military affairs and thinking, and in the overall conduct of war. In addition, the impact of new technology on warfare has brought major social and cultural changes.

This volume explores the relationship between war, technology, and modern society over the course of the last several centuries. The two world wars, total conflicts in which industrial technology took a terrible human toll, brought great changes to the practice of organized violence among nations; even so many aspect of military life and values remained largely unaffected. In the latter half of the twentieth century, technology in the form of nuclear deterrence appears to have prevented the global conflagration of world war while complicating and fueling ferocious regional contests.

A stimulating fusion of military and social history, extending back to the eighteenth century, and with contributions from such leading historians as Brian Bond, Paddy Griffith, and Neil McMillen, War in the Age of Technology will interest lay readers and specialists alike.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: The Meaning of War in a Technological Age
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I: Technology and the Military: On and Off the Battlefield
  2. p. 17
  1. 1. Infantry Armament and the Perception of Tactical Need, 1789–1918
  2. pp. 19-41
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  1. 2. Technology, Industry, and War, 1945–1991
  2. pp. 42-65
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  1. 3. The Impact of Communications and the Media on the Art of War since 1815
  2. pp. 66-102
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  1. Part II: The Myriad Faces of Total War
  2. p. 103
  1. 4. The Morale of the British Army on the Western Front, 1914–18: A Case Study in the Importance of the “Human Factor” in Twentieth-Century Total War
  2. pp. 105-139
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  1. 5. Not All Beer and Skittles? Everyday Life and Leisure on the Western Front
  2. pp. 140-166
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  1. 6. The Indian Corps on the Western Front: A Reconsideration
  2. pp. 167-193
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  1. 7. The Somme in British History
  2. pp. 194-210
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  1. 8. The Elusive Victory: The BEF and the Operational Level of War, September 1918
  2. pp. 211-238
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  1. 9. Scientists at War: The Development of Radar and Jet Propulsion in Britain
  2. pp. 239-262
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  1. 10. War and Black Memory: World War II and the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement
  2. pp. 263-291
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  1. Part III: The Nuclear Age: Myriad Faces of Limited War
  2. p. 293
  1. 11. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Legacy of War
  2. pp. 295-332
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  1. 12. Iraq: A Third-World Superpower?
  2. pp. 333-364
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  1. 13. Russia and Warfare in the Postindustrial Age
  2. pp. 365-380
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 381-384
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 385-397
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