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The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050
The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050
Edited by Macgregor Knox and Williamson Murray
Cambridge University Press, 2001, 194 pp

Two brilliant (if self-consciously irascible) historians have collected a well-chosen group of colleagues and put together a highly useful book that looks at a number of cases of transformation in military affairs. The "revolution in military affairs" debate has elicited much slipshod use of historical analogies, and as a remedy one cannot do better than to have Dennis Showalter, for example, explain what the Prussians really did achieve from 1840-71 that gave Germany mastery on the continent of Europe. The title's concluding date is somewhat misleading -- this study really ends with World War II -- but that anomaly in no way diminishes the book's usefulness as an example of how history can or should inform policy debate.