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S. S. org. S. GOVERNMENT. ALL STATEMENTS OF FACT AND EXPRESSIONS OF OPINION CONTAINED IN ITS PUBLICATIONS ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AUTHOR OR AUTHORS. Maps by David Lindroth Gotham Books and the skyscraper logo are trademarks of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA Boot, Max, 1969– War made new : technology, warfare, and the course of history / Max Boot. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN: 978-1-1012-1683-5 1. Military history, Modern.
1615–1853) when guns fell into disuse; no European nation experienced a comparable period of peace after the fall of the Roman Empire. Firearms were by no means a European monopoly—Mogul India, Ming China, Safavid Persia, Choson Korea, Ottoman Turkey, and Tokugawa Japan also made effective use of them—but Europe early on became the worldwide leader in their production and development. The reasons why this was so continue to be hotly debated. Some historians point to Europe’s political and geographical fragmentation, which spurred an arms race; others to European culture, with its rationalism, liberalism, and dynamism, which spurred scientific advances in all areas; still others to European markets, which were freer and less regulated than elsewhere and hence provided greater incentives for innovation.
It can rightfully be argued that many battles that are not described—whether Lepanto (1571), Rocroi (1643), Yorktown (1781), Trafalgar (1805), Waterloo (1815), Gettysburg (1863), the Marne (1914), Stalingrad (1942–43), or Tet (1968)—had profound political repercussions, often greater than those of the battles that are described. I can only reply that this book is not intended to be a comprehensive history of warfare, nor even a comprehensive history of decisive battles. Its focus is strictly on the impact of military revolutions on the modern world.