Max Boot

Max Boot

in Moscow, Russian Federation
September 12, 1969

American author, consultant, editorialist, lecturer, and military historian. He self-identifies as a conservative, once joking that "I grew up in the 1980s, when conservatism was cool".Boot worked as a writer and editor for Christian Science Monitor and then for The Wall Street Journal in the 1990s. He is now Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has written for numerous publications such as The Weekly Standard, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, and he has also authored well-reviewed books of military history.

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“It was not always the case, of course, that navies paid for themselves. In wartime, costs often exceeded revenues, and those deficits grew over time as fleets and armies got bigger. But this was hardly an insurmountable obstacle for the most dynamic economies in the world. The United Provinces and England were able to borrow all they needed to underwrite their defense budgets. The pressures of war gave a powerful impetus to the growth of stocks, bonds, loans, and paper currencies during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and helped to turn Amsterdam and then London into international financial centers. To take one example, the Bank of England was established in 1694 to raise funds to allow England to wage war against France.”
Max Boot, War Made New: Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World

“Some lasting terms of military organization owe their origin to Spain: colonel comes from cabo de colunela, or head of a column; infantry most likely comes from infante, the name for a Spanish prince, who often led these formations of foot soldiers.”
Max Boot, War Made New: Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World

“Here commenced a scene of horrors,” the dramatist Friedrich von Schiller later wrote, “for which history has no language, poetry no pencil.”
Max Boot, War Made New: Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World

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