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War and the World: Military Power and the Fate of Continents, 1450-2000
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Black's central argument is that there was no single cause for the success of European expansion. Rather, there was a complex interaction of developments around the world that provided an environment for expansion. Black argues that what historians and the general public have long regarded as a triumphant march to dominance was in fact fraught with defeat. Furthermore, Black demonstrates that many of the European "military" successes relied much less on raw military might than is generally assumed. Black writes that it is "necessary to note the extent to which the Europeans were not the sole dynamic powers in the world and, more generally, to draw attention to the limitations of European military power.Read more ›
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There are already some good reviews so I will only suggest reading the following books on war in addition to Black's somehow dry work: a) "War in human civilization" by Azar Gat;... Read morePublished on June 11, 2009 by César González Rouco
I'll begin by saying that I don't understand how anyone can award this book anything less than 5 stars. Read morePublished on May 30, 2005 by David Caldbick