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The Warfare in the Eighteenth Century (Smithsonian History of Warfare) Paperback – January 31, 2006

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Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and has written and edited numerous books on warfare in the early modern period. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Series: Smithsonian History of Warfare
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060851236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060851231
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Wan on June 22, 2000
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Jeremy Black wrote this work as part of the Cassell History of Warfare series edited by John Keegan. Unlike the other historians in the series who were assigned specific wars (i.e. WWI, WWII, American Civil War) or types of war (i.e. War in the Air 1914-1945, Napoleonic Wars) he had to cover a whole century on a global scale. He tackled this in an interesting fashion. Rather than focusing on battles or wars as many of his predecessors had done in their sweeping works (JFC Fuller's Military History, etc.) He tried to take a mixed strategy. He first looks at the nature warfare among the different civilizations. He organizes the first three chapters along these lines: 1. War without Europeans, 2. Europeans versus Non-Europeans, 3. Transoceanic Conflict between Europeans. The remaining chapters deal with the American Revolution (a global war), wars within Europe, the importance of naval warfare - which allowed nations to fight on a global scale, and the developing background for Napoleonic innovations. It is admittedly still eurocentric, but Black acknowledges this and still does provide one of the few popular descriptions of warfare outside of Europe for this time period. It should give the reader a curiosity to read more. His bibliography is quite good, although more academic - and deserves attention by the reader. The 2nd and 3rd chapters give credence to the notion that perhaps the first "world war" was actually fought by the French and English empires of the 18th century (by Barbara Tuchman?). Though the armies were not always large, operations were planned and mounted around the globe. The text does read smoothly and there are several nice illustrations and maps.Read more ›
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Rinker on April 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Since a synthetic history/overview of eighteenth century warfare is long overdue, I was eagerly looking forward to the arrival of my copy of this book. However, it looks like the task of intelligently relating eighteenth century military experience still remains to be done, with this volume merely adding itself to the volumes of cursory and shoddy military scholarship. What Professor Black sets out to do is a noble (and daunting) project. Namely, he intends to move the book's focus away from a Eurocentric perspective, and to broaden his scope to include the world's systems of warfare, which in the eighteenth century still retained strong regional variety. What he achieves is only a distant shadow of his goal.
Black does succeed in recounting world wide military affairs for the period, and comes tantalizingly close at times to broadening our understanding of the complexity of the dialogue which went into shaping the European armies of this century--for despite Black's original intention of presenting an objective world picture, he still finds himself sliding down the slippery slope of Eurocentrism, with almost the entire latter half of the book dedicated to how European armies interacted with armies of other nation and how they fought on colonial soil. Not a fault in itself, but a telling sign of this book's lack of focus.
So not only does Black's general approach fail to bear fruit due his undisciplined deviance from his stated original aim, the book also fails on many smaller fronts. For this book could still prove itself of value providing that each chapter presented it subject matter in a competent, rigorous, and organized manner. But it doesn't and reading much of the book is literaly dizzying due to its disjointed style.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kleps on October 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The stated purpose of Cassell's History of Warfare series is to provide a richly illustrated survey of, well, the history of warfare. Series editor John Keegan has assembled a team of distinguished historians to write this history. For the eighteenth century, he has chosen Jeremy Black, who is known for his support of the 'Military Revolution' thesis.

In his introduction, Black makes it clear that military history has for too long been "Eurocentric". He considers this unacceptable, and wishes to advance the cause of - for lack of a better term - multicultural military history. The resulting work is watered-down even by the standards of a general survey.

Black argues that European military theory/practices were not universally followed. Thus, in his opening chapter "War Without Europeans", Black narrates the Dsungar (a central Asian people) invasion of Tibet, describing the effectiveness of non-European tactics when applied between non-European cultures. Throughout the book he lists scores of obscure peoples, empires, and battles, all in an effort to buttress his thesis.

You really get the sense that Black relishes his defiant stance against 'conservative' military history. He bashes Frederick the Great and the Prussians in a paragraph and a caption, and doesn't even provide a map of the Seven Years' War. But then he showers praise on Alaung-hpaya and the mighty Burmese army, even parcelling out a precious map of South-East Asia.

Black's thesis is faulty for several reasons. The first is his contention that non-European tactics are deserving of study on a wider scale because of their successful application by one non-European state against another.
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