The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050, Hardback

The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050 Hardback

Edited by Macgregor Knox, Williamson Murray



The Dynamics of Military Revolution aims to bridge a major gap in the emerging literature on revolutions in military affairs, suggesting that there have been two very different phenomena at work over the past centuries: 'military revolutions', which are driven by vast social and political changes; and 'revolutions in military affairs', which military institutions have directed, although usually with great difficulty and ambiguous results.

By providing both a conceptual framework and a historical context for thinking about revolutionary changes in military affairs, the work establishes a baseline for understanding the patterns of change, innovation, and adaptation that have marked war in the Western World since the thirteenth century - beginning with Edward III's revolutionary changes in medieval warfare, through the development of modern Western military institutions in seventeenth-century France, to the cataclysmic changes of the First World War and the German Blitzkrieg victories of 1940.

This history provides a guide for thinking about military revolutions in the coming century, which are as inevitable as they are difficult to predict.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 218 pages, 3 b/w illus. 2 tables
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9780521800792



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