Outstanding and penetrating outline of the processes of war and the means of fighting from 1415 onward.
Far and away the best of the histories of military affairs.
(American Political Science Review
Leaves the reader astonished by its combinations of brevity, clarity, and accuracy.
(Times Literary Supplement
Surpasses any other general history of the subject.
The narrative flows easily, is illuminated by flashes of colorful detail, and relates the development of warfare to the political, technological, and economic changes of the modern era... Especially stimulating and helpful is Mr. Ropp's system of bibliographic footnotes. These are found on almost every page, directing the reader to a well-selected choice of historical and military writings which will provide more light and wider vistas whenever his interest is further stirred by what he is reading... This reviewer... has never seen anything quite as calculated to guide the beginner in further exploration of the subject or to serve as a quick reference index for the experienced analyst.
(New York Herald Tribune
A substantial and scholarly history of modern warfare from the age of the 'great captains' through the innovations of the industrial revolution, to our age of unlimited violence.
A brilliant survey of the history of warfare... the best yet produced anywhere.
(B. H. Lidell-Hart)
About the Author
Theodore Ropp is a professor of history emeritus at Duke University. He is the author of The Development of a Modern Navy: French Naval Policy, 1871-1904 and History and War. He was awarded the 1991 Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for his contributions to the field of military history. Alex Roland is chair of the History Department at Duke University and the author of Underwater Warfare in the Age of Sail, Model Research: The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1915-1958, and (with Richard Preston and Sydney Wise) Men in Arms: A History of Warfare and Its Interrelationships with Western Society.