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History Professor Dennis Showalter Publishes New Book on War

History Professor Dennis Showalter Publishes New Book on War

Colorado College History Professor Dennis Showalter has published a new book, “War and the Modern World,” the fourth volume in The Cambridge History of War series. The book offers a definitive new account of war in the most destructive period in human history.

Opening with the massive conflicts that erupted in the mid-19th century in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, leading historians trace the global evolution of warfare through “the age of mass,” “the age of machine,” and “the age of management.”

They explore how industrialization and nationalism fostered vast armies whilst the emergence of mobile warfare and improved communications systems made possible the “total warfare” of the two World Wars. With military conflict regionalized after 1945, they show how guerrilla and asymmetrical warfare highlighted the limits of the machine and mass, as well as the importance of the media in the “hearts and minds” battle.

The book, which Showalter co-authored with Roger Chickering of Georgetown University and Hans van de Ven of the University of Cambridge, is a comprehensive guide to every facet of modern war, from strategy and operations to its social, cultural, technological, and political contexts and legacies. Published by Cambridge University Press.