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The Geographies of War (ePub)


By Jeremy Black
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 718.1 KB (.epub)
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781399015929
Published: 23rd November 2022


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A global history of the geography of war from antiquity to modern and contemporary conflict illustrated and brought to life by histories of inter-state war, geopolitical rivalry, 'hot' and 'cold' war and terrorism. Geography is a basic element in all stages of war including preparation, planning, onset of conflict, waging wars, assessment of results, post-conflict negotiations, analysis and preparation for future conflict. Geography is the vital element in strategy and tactics, and in the spatial context, on land, water and space. It is central to all historical activities from human and animal transport to wind power, coal, seam, oil, jet propulsion atomic weaponry and the threat of cyber conflict. This is essentially a 'modern geography', and not only physical, but political social, economic, cultural and 'human', with emphasis on personal experience. And technical mapping is included - the author's particular expertise - and accessible to specialist and general readers. A global history of the geographies of war in the context of great power geopolitics to local conflicts.

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Highlight: '...an essential read for anyone interested in the history of war.'

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Strategy Page - The News as History

The Geographies of War is a thought-provoking reminder of the complexities involved in understanding military history.

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Beating Tsundoku

4 Stars

This is an important and interesting work

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

5 Stars

This is a fascinating book for anyone interested in the history of conflicts. It is worth reading and having a copy on your bookshelf to refer too as and when needed.

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GoodReads, Paul Digget

A really interesting and thought provoking book. I’ve read other similar works and enjoyed them but this still provided enough information and interest to keep me engaged throughout. If you’re a geography geek like me you’ll love it.

NetGalley, JE Rowney

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Mr. Black traces the importance of geography in the conduct of war. Technologies adapt to geography, artillery, archery, and cavalry all of these are techniques that deal with geography and the limitations placed on man in the field of war. This is an excellent study of the realities of war.


About Jeremy Black

Jeremy Black has been described as 'the most prolific historical scholar of our age'. Jeremy Black has researched and written widely on British history, politics, including political ideas, and international relations, since the 17th and 18th centuries to the present, and especially on military history.
He obtained a starred First in History at Queens College, Cambridge followed by postgraduate work at St John's and Merton Colleges, Oxford, and was Lecturer and Professor of History at Durham University, and now Emeritus Professor of History at Exeter University. He is senior fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.
He has lectured extensively in various British Commonwealth countries, Europe and the USA. He has served as archives editor, council member of prestigious academic and research bodies like Royal Historical Society and the British Records Association and on editorial boards of numerous history journals - History Today, RUSI Journal, International Review of Military History, Media History etc. He has numerous honours including the MBE.

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