The Dynamics of Military Revolution bridges a major gap in the emerging literature on revolutions in military affairs. It suggests that two very different phenomena have been 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. MacGregor Knox and Williamson Murray provide a conceptual framework and historical context for understanding the patterns of change, innovation, and adaptation that have marked war in the Western world since the fourteenth century beginning with Edward III''s revolution in medieval warfare, through the development of modern military institutions in seventeenth century France, to the military impact of mass politics in the French Revolution, the cataclysmic military industrial struggle of 1914 1918, and the German Blitzkrieg victories of 1940. Case studies and a conceptual overview offer an indispensible introduction to revolutionary military change, which is as inevitable as it is difficult to predict. Macgregor Knox is the Stevenson Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of Common Destiny (Cambridge, 2000) and Hitler''s Italian Allies (Cambridge, 2000). Knox and Murray are co editors of Making of Strategy (Cambridge, 1996). Willamson Murray is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analysis. He is the co editor of Military Innovation in the Interwar Period (Cambridge, 1996) and author of A War to Be Won (Harvard University Press, 2000).
"The Dynamics of Military Revolution brings a much needed historical perspective to the current debate about the ''revolution in military affairs.'' The future of military force is not simply about technology, but rather about the concepts and doctrine that utilize technology to achieve larger purposes. That is precisely the focus of this challenging and thoughtful book."
-Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
"This is an important little book. It deserves to be widely read."
-The Washington Times
"This provocative book is a welcome addition to the literature on military innovation that is well recommended to those with any interest in the ongoing debate about U.S. force transformation."
-Air Power History
"The separate chapters contain some of the best examples of analytical history available...a first-class work that should be on every professional''s reading list."
-Air & Space Power Journal
"...highly readable, impecably researched, and academically of the first order... the book provides some interesting insights in discussions..."
-Mark O''Hare, Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
"...provocative findings and the book''s case studies provide a needed context for current debates...these essays provide needed context for understanding the dynamics of military change..."
"This book masterfully presents the most current and profound thinking on the subject of revolutions in military affairs. More importantly, it does so from an historical context that provides the foundation for the continuing dialogue needed to educate our nation''s civilian and military leaders as they address possible future revolutions in military affairs."
-Lieutenant General Paul Van Riper, USMC (ret.)
"Dynamics of Military Revolution is certain to be viewed as the standard work. This well-edited collection of scintillating case studies shows us how history can and should be used to test important ideas."
-Colin S. Gray, University of Reading
"...reading The Dynamics of Military Revolution is well worth the time invested."
"Whether one agrees with the editor''s assessment or not, The Dynamics of Military Revolution will reward historians and military professionals alike. This book belongs on the reading lists of officers from all four services."
"The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050...is a thought-provoking examination of critical military history. It provides prerequisite knowledge for understanding the true nature of RMAs and possible pitfalsl for the future U.S. military."
This book studies the changes that have marked war in the Western World since the thirteenth century.