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List of AbbreviationsIntroduction: The Key Themes
1. Early Modern Western Warships: Technologies of Power Projection and Lethality
2. Gunpowder Technology, 1490-1800
3. Firepower, Steamships, Railways, Telegraphs, Radio: Technologies of Killing, Logistics, Command, and Control, 1775-1945
4. The Internal Combustion Engine: The Technology of Decentralized Power, 1910-2013
5. A New Sphere: Air Power, 1903-2013
6. Revolution, Transformation, and the Present
7. Into the Future
Selected Further Reading

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Addresses not only firepower but also power projection and technologies of logistics, command, and control

About the Author

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is author of more than 100 books including Fighting for America: The Struggle for Mastery in North America, 1519-1871 (IUP, 2011) and War and the Cultural Turn. Black received the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society for Military History in 2008.


"Clear, concise, and thoughtful. An eminently readable synthesis of historical literature on technology and war... with analyses of the limitations of the impact of technology on warfare." John France, author of Perilous Glory: The Rise of Western Military Power

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