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1. An Ad Hoc NavyThe Revolutionary War (1775–1783)

1. An Ad Hoc Navy: The Revolutionary War (1775–1783)  

Craig L. Symonds

in American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2018
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‘An ad hoc navy: the Revolutionary War (1775–1783)’ describes the Patriots’ response to the British Royal Navy strongholds in Boston and New York and the role of armed vessels during the ... More
8. Aerostats to algorithms 2001–2020

8. Aerostats to algorithms 2001–2020  

Frank Ledwidge

in Aerial Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2020
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Aircraft and air forces continue to play central roles in conventional battlefields in the early years of the 21st century. However, despite superior Western military power over forces in ... More
8. Allied victory, 1944–5

8. Allied victory, 1944–5  

Gerard L. Weinberg

in World War II: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2014
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The Western Allies intended to fight until the Axis powers surrendered unconditionally. ‘Allied victory, 1944–45’ considers the Allied strategy, agreed at a conference in Tehran, that there ... More
3. An American Navy ConfirmedThe War of 1812

3. An American Navy Confirmed: The War of 1812  

Craig L. Symonds

in American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction

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When America declared war against the British in 1812, most U.S. Navy ship captains hoped to conduct independent cruises against British commerce, but John Rodgers lobbied successfully for ... More
7. The apotheosis of air power 1983–2001

7. The apotheosis of air power 1983–2001  

Frank Ledwidge

in Aerial Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

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The period immediately after Vietnam saw little new thinking in the application of air power. ‘The apotheosis of air power 1983–2001’ looks at how this changed. After examining briefly the ... More
1. ‘At my signal unleash hell’: the Western Way of War?

1. ‘At my signal unleash hell’: the Western Way of War?  

Harry Sidebottom

in Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2004
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9780191776045
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804709.003.0001
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Popular culture depicts the Romans fighting the ‘Western Way of War’ where the aim is an open, decisive battle, which is won with courage and discipline. The other side are portrayed as ... More
4. Barbarossa: the German invasion of the Soviet Union

4. Barbarossa: the German invasion of the Soviet Union  

Gerard L. Weinberg

in World War II: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2014
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‘Barbarossa: The German invasion of the Soviet Union’ outlines Germany's attack on the Soviet Union, which began in the early hours of June 22 1941 with an army of over three million men ... More
2. Beginningsthe First World War 1914–1918

2. Beginnings: the First World War 1914–1918  

Frank Ledwidge

in Aerial Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

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Once powered aircraft had taken to the air in the early 20th century, it did not take long for their potential as a military instrument to be realized. The First World War demonstrated that ... More
2. The big three (or maybe four)

2. The big three (or maybe four)  

Michael S. Neiberg

in The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2019
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Mar 2019
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9780190645014
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10.1093/actrade/9780190644987.003.0002
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In the early months of 1919, David Lloyd George, Woodrow Wilson, and Georges Clemenceau together held as much influence over world affairs as any three men in history. They had the power to ... More
2. Causation

2. Causation  

Richard English

in Modern War: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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9780191778223
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10.1093/actrade/9780199607891.003.0003
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What causes modern war to start? ‘Causation’ looks at the reasons for groups going to war with each other and analyses the inter-linked roles of nationalism, the state, empire, religion, ... More
1. Citizen soldier and sailor vs. standing armed forces

1. Citizen soldier and sailor vs. standing armed forces  

Joseph T. Glatthaar

in American Military History: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2020
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10.1093/actrade/9780199859252.003.0001
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“Citizen soldier and sailor vs. standing armed forces” covers the establishment of the first militias in the colonies. Colonists inherited a British sense of military obligation but were ... More
6. Cold War 1945–1982

6. Cold War 1945–1982  

Frank Ledwidge

in Aerial Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

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In August 1945, a new conflict began between the largely liberal and capitalist West, led by the USA, and the Communist bloc led by the USSR. ‘Cold War 1945–1982’ describes how during the ... More
Conclusion

Conclusion  

Alex Roland

in War and Technology: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2016
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9780190605414
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10.1093/actrade/9780190605384.003.0005
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Technological change continues at an increasing pace, especially for military technology, with its widespread, institutionalized research and development. Near-future technologies include ... More
Conclusion

Conclusion  

Gerard L. Weinberg

in World War II: A Very Short Introduction

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10.1093/actrade/9780199688777.003.0010
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The ‘Conclusion’ shows how the world was changed forever by World War II, during which around sixty million people had been killed, the majority of them civilians. There were huge losses in ... More
Conclusion: The armed forces and perennial problems

Conclusion: The armed forces and perennial problems  

Joseph T. Glatthaar

in American Military History: A Very Short Introduction

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Since the 1970s, the United States has struggled to accept that its economic and military powers are finite. The Conclusion looks at ways the American military might make progress while ... More
Conclusion: war, terrorism, and future research

Conclusion: war, terrorism, and future research  

Richard English

in Modern War: A Very Short Introduction

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The Conclusion sets out three important difficulties when researching the topic of modern war today: the unhelpful fragmentation of the research field on modern war, how to reconcile what ... More
9. Confronting the SovietsThe Cold War Navy (1945–1975)

9. Confronting the Soviets: The Cold War Navy (1945–1975)  

Craig L. Symonds

in American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2018
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At the end of World War II, the U.S. Navy was more than twice as large as all the rest of the navies of the world combined. The inevitable contraction that followed was less draconian than ... More
4. A Constabulary NavyPirates, Slavers, and Manifest Destiny (1820–1850)

4. A Constabulary Navy: Pirates, Slavers, and Manifest Destiny (1820–1850)  

Craig L. Symonds

in American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction

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After 1820, the day-to-day duties of the United States Navy involved dealing with smugglers, pirates, and the illegal slave trade and so deploying the large ships of the line was deemed ... More
1. Definition

1. Definition  

Richard English

in Modern War: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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What, in essence, is ‘war’? ‘Definition’ considers various concepts of what war actually is and how commentators have tried to define it. There exist many different types of war, such as ... More
7. Developments on the home front and in technical and medical fields

7. Developments on the home front and in technical and medical fields  

Gerard L. Weinberg

in World War II: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2014
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9780191781292
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‘Developments on the home front and in technical and medical fields’ describes the social, political, and economic impacts of World War II on each of the countries that participated. There ... More

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