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Roy, Kaushik and Charney, Michael W., eds. (2024) Routledge Handbook of the Global History of Warfare. London: Routledge.

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This handbook examines key aspects of the development of the global history of warfare and the changing patterns of warfare over time. Although scholarship has long eschewed a chronological narrative of the evolution of warfare that privileges the Western experience, global histories of warfare have had difficulty avoiding an overemphasis on the West. The present volume is a collection of themes rather than a history per se; it provides important perspectives on the emergence of warfare as a global historical experience from the ancient past to the present day. Drawing together numerous experts, it tells a broader, more inclusive story of the global, human experience with wars and warfare. The 35 chapters are organised in eight thematic parts: Part I: Origins of Warfare; Part II: Polities and Armed Forces in the Pre-Modern Era; Part III: Steppe Nomads of Eurasia; Part IV: Naval Warfare and Piracy in the Pre-Industrial World; Part V: The Impact of Gunpowder; Part VI: Transition from Industrial to Total War; Part VII: Wars of Decolonisation and Cold War; Part VIII: Postmodern/New Wars. These Parts offer an overview of the global experience of warfare to help readers understand how the wars and the militaries we see today have been shaped by historical developments across the globe. This handbook will be of great interest to students of military history, naval history, strategic studies and world history in general.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of History
ISBN: 9781138345386
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429437915
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2023 09:14
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/38909

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