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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; Revised edition (May 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801864453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801864452
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Outstanding and penetrating outline of the processes of war and the means of fighting from 1415 onward.

(Chicago Tribune)

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.

(Library Journal)

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.

(Foreign Affairs)

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.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Baker Shutt on July 4, 2013
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Theodore Ropp's War in the Modern World is one of the very best books on the subject I have ever read, and I have read a good many. His deeply informed, graceful, fair-minded and judicious prose is a pleasure, as is his old-fashioned commitment to telling the truth as he sees it without any obvious (or, indeed, less obvious) political agenda or precooking. And up to the time of the original publication of the work, Ropp seems to have read pretty much everything relevant to his topic in English, French, Italian, or German. Old-school scholarship of the first water. A magnificent book. I learned something on virtually every page, and I've been in this game for more than forty years.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Major on September 16, 2004
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I read this book in 1970 and was astounded. I was teaching a course in military history to an advanced military officer course. Everyone was very appreciative of Ropp's work and even 34 years later it sticks in my mind as seminal.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 9, 2001
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War In The Modern World is a seminal, comprehensive survey of the social, political, military, and technological aspects of modern warfare from the Renaissance to the Cold War. This superbly written and presented, insightful informative, meticulously researched and scholarly work by historian and professor of history emeritus at Duke University Theodore Ropp is an outstanding contribution to any personal or academic military history collection, and is a very highly recommended addition to history and military studies reading lists.
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Ropp pretty much initiated the establishment of military history as an academic pursuit (even if to the chagrin of radicals). Although published in 1959, it has stood the test of time. Very readable and educational, even its footnotes function as a historiographical essay on the status of military history at the time of its publication.
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