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European Warfare in a Global Context, 1660-1815
European Warfare in a Global Context, 1660 - 1815 is a history of warfare, wars and the armed forces of Europe from the military revolution of the mid-seventeenth century to the Napoleonic era. Covering conflicts right through the period, Jeremy Black takes a revisionist approach to eighteenth-century warfare.
While Jeremy Black discusses questions of military decisiveness and the military revolution, he is reluctant to stress changes in weaponry as the central narrative and the key analytical concept in analysing warfare in the period. He also questions common historiographical conventions, for instance the notion of ancien regime indecisiveness in Western warfare from 1660 until the French Revolutionary wars. Instead, his emphasis is on the importance of conflict in the period and the capacity for decisiveness in impact and development in method. Through this he extends the view beyond land to naval conflict.
Jeremy Black also takes a global approach to this study of warfare. His view is comparative, in the sense that it considers Western developments alongside those elsewhere, but it also emphasis conflict between Western and non-Western powers. European Warfare in a Global Context, 1660 - 1815 reframes developments within the West, but also offers a shift in focus away from the standard narrative of warfare at this time, making it an essential read for students of the period.
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Taylor & Francis
December 25, 2006
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