War Made New

Author: Max Boot
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1101216832
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A monumental, groundbreaking work, now in paperback, that shows how technological and strategic revolutions have transformed the battlefield Combining gripping narrative history with wide-ranging analysis, War Made New focuses on four ?revolutions? in military affairs and describes how inventions ranging from gunpowder to GPS-guided air strikes have remade the field of battle?and shaped the rise and fall of empires. War Made New begins with the Gunpowder Revolution and explains warfare?s evolution from ritualistic, drawn-out engagements to much deadlier events, precipitating the rise of the modern nation-state. He next explores the triumph of steel and steam during the Industrial Revolution, showing how it powered the spread of European colonial empires. Moving into the twentieth century and the Second Industrial Revolution, Boot examines three critical clashes of World War II to illustrate how new technology such as the tank, radio, and airplane ushered in terrifying new forms of warfare and the rise of centralized, and even totalitarian, world powers. Finally, Boot focuses on the Gulf War, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the Iraq War?arguing that even as cutting-edge technologies have made America the greatest military power in world history, advanced communications systems have allowed decentralized, ?irregular? forces to become an increasingly significant threat.

Recent Themes In Military History

Author: Donald A. Yerxa
Editor: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781570037399
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"This collection of forums, interviews, and individual essays drawn from Historically Speaking provides contrasting views on such topics in military history as the existence and function of military revolutions in the past and present, the experience of soldiering and combat, the particularly violent and gruesome nature of twentieth-century warfare, and projections of the nature of future wars."--Back cover.

Faith Reason And The War Against Jihadism

Author: George Weigel
Editor: Image
ISBN: 9780307499172
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“History must be made to march in the direction of genuine human progress; world affairs have no intrinsic momentum that necessarily results in the victory of decency. Maintaining the morale necessary to achieving progress in history requires us to live our lives, today, against a moral horizon of responsibility that is wider and deeper than the quest for personal satisfactions. The future of our civilization does not rest merely on the advance of material wealth and technological prowess; the future of the West turns on the question of whether our spiritual aspirations are noble or base.” —from Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism More than half a decade after 9/11, safe passage through a moment of history fraught with both peril and possibility requires Americans across the political spectrum to see things as they are. In this incisive, engaging study of the present danger and what we must do to prevail against it, George Weigel, one of America’s foremost public intellectuals, does precisely that: he sees, and describes, things as they are—and as they might be. Drawing on a quarter century of experience at the intersection of moral argument and public policy, he describes rigorously and clearly the threat posed by global jihadism: the religiously inspired ideology which teaches that it is the moral obligation of all Muslims to employ whatever means are necessary to compel the world’s submission to Islam. Exploring that ideology’s theological, social, cultural, and political roots, Weigel points a new direction for both public policy and interreligious dialogue, one that meets the challenge of jihadism forthrightly while creating the conditions for a less threatening, more mutually enriching encounter between Islam and the West. Essential reading in a time of momentous political decisions, Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism is a clarion call for a new seriousness of debate and a new clarity of purpose in American public life. From the Hardcover edition.

Wired For War

Author: P. W. Singer
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440685972
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P. W. Singer explores the great­est revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: the dawn of robotic warfare We are on the cusp of a massive shift in military technology that threatens to make real the stuff of I, Robot and The Terminator. Blending historical evidence with interviews of an amaz­ing cast of characters, Singer shows how technology is changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and the ethics that surround war itself. Travelling from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to modern-day "skunk works" in the midst of suburbia, Wired for War will tantalise a wide readership, from military buffs to policy wonks to gearheads.

Winning At War

Author: Christian P. Potholm
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442201320
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In Winning at War, Christian Potholm explains how seven variables_technology, sustained ruthlessness, discipline, receptivity to innovation, protection of military capital from civilians and rulers, will, and the belief that there will always be another war_have served as predictors of military success over time and across cultures. He provides case studies of their implementation, from ancient battles to today.

Society Ethics And Technology Update Edition

Author: Morton Winston
Editor: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 084003380X
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From the forefront of news today to your classroom, SOCIETY, ETHICS, AND TECHNOLOGY, 4e, UPDATE EDITION: Now with Technology and Ethics in the news and information on Engineering Ethics, SOCIETY, ETHICS, AND TECHNOLOGY stresses the latest technological innovations and how these advancements represent new ethical challenges and dilemmas for society as a whole. Winston/Edelbach's timely anthology closely examines technological change and its social consequences from a variety of historical, social, and philosophical perspectives. Your students gain a strong foundation in theoretical and applied ethical matters as they learn how to examine critically the social effects of technology surrounding their daily lives. In addition to highlighting ethical theory, readings assist students in establishing solid decision-making frameworks. Detailed coverage examines the impact of specific, recent technological advances, such as artificial intelligence and surveillance. Special coverage of the history of technology focuses on medieval and twentieth-century developments as well as the technological underpinnings of contemporary globalization. In addition to the history of technology, the book delves into what the future holds in areas such as human rights, information technology, biotechnology, energy, and the environment. Readings in this edition from prominent scholars and leaders focus on the most current issues and debates, while useful introductions and Focus Questions guide student comprehension. Additional readings, drawn from a variety of contemporary social issues, touch on numerous disciplines, from philosophy and sociology to engineering and computer science. This update edition now includes information on engineering ethics as well as summaries of recent news events with discussion and writing questions to help focus students' attention on the related ethical issues. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Holy War Made By Shaddai Upon Diabolus

Author: John Bunyan
Editor:
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The Culture Of Military Innovation

Author: Dima Adamsky
Editor: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804773807
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This book studies the impact of cultural factors on the course of military innovations. One would expect that countries accustomed to similar technologies would undergo analogous changes in their perception of and approach to warfare. However, the intellectual history of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) in Russia, the US, and Israel indicates the opposite. The US developed technology and weaponry for about a decade without reconceptualizing the existing paradigm about the nature of warfare. Soviet 'new theory of victory' represented a conceptualization which chronologically preceded technological procurement. Israel was the first to utilize the weaponry on the battlefield, but was the last to develop a conceptual framework that acknowledged its revolutionary implications. Utilizing primary sources that had previously been completely inaccessible, and borrowing methods of analysis from political science, history, anthropology, and cognitive psychology, this book suggests a cultural explanation for this puzzling transformation in warfare. The Culture of Military Innovation offers a systematic, thorough, and unique analytical approach that may well be applicable in other perplexing strategic situations. Though framed in the context of specific historical experience, the insights of this book reveal important implications related to conventional, subconventional, and nonconventional security issues. It is therefore an ideal reference work for practitioners, scholars, teachers, and students of security studies.

Essays In The History Of Canadian Law

Author: George Blaine Baker
Editor: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442670061
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The essays in this volume deal with the legal history of the Province of Quebec, Upper and Lower Canada, and the Province of Canada between the British conquest of 1759 and confederation of the British North America colonies in 1867. The backbone of the modern Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, this geographic area was unified politically for more than half of the period under consideration. As such, four of the papers are set in the geographic cradle of modern Quebec, four treat nineteenth-century Ontario, and the remaining four deal with the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes watershed as a whole. The authors come from disciplines as diverse as history, socio-legal studies, women’s studies, and law. The majority make substantial use of second-language sources in their essays, which shade into intellectual history, social and family history, regulatory history, and political history.