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Waging War : Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History (Paperback) (Wayne E. Lee)

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Waging War provides a wide-ranging examination of war in human history, from the beginning of the species until the current rise of the so-called Islamic State. Although comprehensive, covering many societies throughout time, it is written through several teachable lenses. It does not attempt to tell all stories from all places, nor does it try to narrate "important" conflicts. Instead it describes the emergence of military innovations and systems, examining how they were created and then how they moved or affected other societies. It therefore provides students with a similar set of questions to use in different historical contexts, unifying the classroom experience and also linking it to the world history emphasis on the connections between societies and cultures. It is short enough to be used in a one-semester version of world military history, but it can also provide the framework for a longer two-semester course. Readable and engaging, the thematic approach avoids the "one ****** thing after another" feel that all too often plagues textbooks and renders them boring or incomprehensible. At the same time, the innovations that it examines are central to most historical narratives, including, among many others, the development of social complexity, the rise of the state, the role of the steppe horseman, the spread of gunpowder, the rise of the west, the bureaucratization of military institutions, the industrial revolution and the rise of firepower, strategic bombing and nuclear weapons, and the creation of "people's war." Liberally provided with maps and photos, with suggested additional readings in each chapter, and buttressed by a restrained, if still substantial citation framework, students can use the book to pursue topics in greater detail. There are few works in this field at all, and those that are typically attempt comprehensiveness at the expense of accessibility.
Number of Pages: 538
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: World
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Wayne E. Lee
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2015
TCIN: 50128708
UPC: 9780199797455
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-3983

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