|Morillo, Stephen / Pavkovic, Michael F.|
What is Military History?
What is History series
2. Edition October 2012
2012. 180 Pages, Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-7456-5978-7 - John Wiley & Sons
Also available as Softcover.
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This clear, readable introduction to the popular field of military history is now available in a refreshed and updated second edition. It shows that military history encompasses not just accounts of campaigns and battles but includes a wide range of perspectives on all aspects of past military organization and activity. In concise chapters it explains the fundamental features of the field, including:
The history of military history, showing how it has developed from ancient times to the present; The key ideas and concepts that shape analysis of military activity; it argues that military history is as methodologically and philosophically sophisticated as any field of history; The current controversies about which military historians argue, and why they are important; A survey of who does military history, where it is taught and published, and how it is practiced; A look at where military history is headed in the future.
The new edition of What is Military History? provides an up-to-date bibliography and cutting edge new case studies, including counterinsurgency, and as such continues to be ideal for classes in military history and in historiography generally, as well as for anyone interested in learning more about the dynamics of a rich and growing area of study.
From the contents
1 An Introduction to Military History 1
Military History: Defi nitions, Topics, Scope 3
Who Studies Military History and Why? 5
Overview of this Book 9
2 Military Historiography 11
Classical Roots: Military History in Ancient Times 12
Military History in the Traditional World: Histories, Manuals, and War Tales 21
Science, Nationalism, and General Staffs: Military History in the Nineteenth and
Early Twentieth Centuries 30
New Military Histories: The Transformations of the Last 50 Years 37
3 Conceptual Frameworks 45
Military History and Philosophy of History 46
Military Art and Practice 55
War and Society: Interdisciplinary Infl uences 64
Global History and Comparative Methodology 70
4 Current Controversies 75
Military Revolutions 77
Counter-Insurgency: History and Policy 86
"The West": Exceptionalism and Dominance? 89
War, Society, and Culture: Other Controversies 96
Conclusion: Revisionism and Reading the Process of History 102
5 Doing Military History 105
Journals, Presses, and Associations 115
6 The Future of Military History 118
Trends in the Field 119
The Politics of Military History 122
Further Reading 139