- ISBN 9780500251638
- 27.00 x 21.40 cm
- 300 Illustrations, 225 in colour
- With 12 maps and 6 battle plans
- First published 2010
The most comprehensive survey of modern warfare yet published and essential reading for anyone interested in modern military history
• The ultimate book on modern warfare
• More than 250 photographs and archive documents
• Land battles, naval warfare and war in the air
• Special features on technological developments, from the tank and radar to nuclear weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles
• Detailed battle plans and maps
• Quotations from commanders and those on the frontline
Military historians from around the world bring their knowledge and insights to bear on the cataclysmic events that have shaped the modern world, from 1900 to the present day.
Key dates for each chapter chart major events, and special features illuminate technological innovations. These are supplemented with hundreds of photographs, specially commissioned maps and battle reconstructions, and vivid quotations from commanders and frontline soldiers, sailors and airmen.
The contributors analyse the horror and drama of two world wars, the petty conflicts and civil wars of the 1920s and 1930s, the Cold War, wars of decolonization, postwar conflicts in the Middle East, and wars of the 1990s and beyond.
Unusual and unique viewpoints add a fresh perspective – a German scholar and special adviser to the German Ministry of Defence writes on naval warfare; a French historian on France’s wars in Indochina and Algeria; a British general on the recent Balkan, Iraq and Afghan conflicts. Jeremy Black concludes by assessing the likely shape of war in the 21st century.
Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and the author or editor of over seventy books, including The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: Renaissance to Revolution, 1492–1792, World War Two: A Military History and, for Thames & Hudson, The Seventy Great Battles of All Time and Great Military Leaders and Their Campaigns.
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