- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum (August 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441157131
- ISBN-13: 978-1441157133
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Avoiding Armageddon: From the Great War to the Fall of France, 1918-40 Hardcover – August 30, 2012
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A very thought-provoking work, Avoiding Armageddon is essential for those seriously interested in the evolution of warfare in the twentieth century. -- A. A. Nofi, Editor * The New York Military Affairs Symposium Review *
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Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, USA.
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'The prolific Prof. Black takes a look at the military history of the “interwar” period. With his usual insightful analysis, he reminds us that this era “is generally underrated by military historians,” who focus primarily on events tied to the Second World War. Black’s opening chapter reviews the state of the world in the aftermath of the Great War. The next elevn chapters move back and forth across the ‘20s and ‘30s, to look at military developments not only among the Great Powers, but in their colonies and in the “Third World.” While the period saw none of the Great Powers fight each other, several of them were involved in major imperialist wars (e.g., Spain and France in the Rif, Italy in Ethiopia), as well as in smaller colonial conflicts, while lesser powers fought on several continents (e.g. Poland-USSR, Paraguay-Bolivia, Sino-Japanese, etc.), there were a number of civil wars (e.g., China, Spain, etc.), and mention numerous frontier clashes, coups, and so forth. Black covers these in more or less detail, while following trends in land, naval, and air power across the period, with debates among so-called “progressives” and so-called “conservatives.” He concludes with a look at the influence of the Great Depression on military matters and a discussion of the final slide into World War II. Black moves easily among military, political, and technical matters, presenting an integrated picture of the varied nature of armed conflict in the period. By taking a much deeper look at the evolution of the armed forces of the Great Powers, Black not only gives us a better picture of the military events of the times, but is also able to note ideas and trends that were often overlooked. The book’s principal flaw is an absence of maps, but it nevertheless is an excellent read for those interested in war in the twentieth century.'
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