Warfare and Society in Europe, 1792-1914 (Warfare and History) 1st Edition
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'... stimulating, balanced and original' - Michael Crawshaw, British Army Review, no. 131, 2003
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His books on Austro - Prussian War and Franco - Prussian War are better. They are among my favorite books, of any genre. I have re-read them several times.
Important subjects covered are :
-The Napoleonic Wars and the Battle of Waterloo
-The Restoration period and the new wave of revolutions (1815-49)
-Napoleon III and the militarization of Europe (1848-66)
-The rise of Prussia and Italy (1861-66)
-The Franco-Prussian War (1870-71)
-New weapons and the new imperialism (1877-1905)
-The developments in seapower and naval warfare (1890-1914)
-The European arms race from 1911 to 1914
-The outbreak of the First World War in 1914
This was a fascinating period in military history and more generally in European history and this book really stands out in quality because of its broad scope and penetrating insights. It is extremely informative in that it is fairly concise (225 pages) yet always gets the important points right. Drawing from an extensive bibliography of the most recent and advanced historical research, it really puts together the pieces of a(rather complex)puzzle. The style is fluid and "to the point". It would be hard to write a better synthesis to find one's way in such a huge subject where literature is (too) plentiful and of (very) variable quality. It can serve as an introduction to the novice in the field but will also satisfy and enrich the more experienced reader.
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At the same time, the other pays due justice to the fact that training and determination can change the equation, even surmounting mechanical weapon superiority. A fascinating read!