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The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050

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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, althou ...more
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published August 27th 2001 by Cambridge University Press
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Rich
Although much has been said about Military Revolutions (MR), and especially of Revolutions of Military Affairs (RMA), this is an extremely well edited offering from MacGregor Knox and Williamson Murray. This insightful, yet brief, volume offers essays that place MRs and RMAs within a larger historical context. Generally, the theme of this work is that RMAs are truly rare, and MRs are exceptionally so. So, if ahistorical wonkery is a concern of yours, you'll not find it here.

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Mark
This collection of 10 essays on military history was interesting if not a bit dry. Of course those not interested in military history, specifically the inquiries into what we can learn from such history and what implications we may draw from such inquiries, are unlikely to even pick this book up! The authors provide a concise outline for the major innovations in western warfare from 1300 to the present. They draw a distinction between "revolutions in military affairs" RMA - major changes in tech ...more
Elaad Yair
As happens quite often in books written by numerous authors, the style and quality of each chapter in The Dynamics of Military Revolution varies significantly.
Whilst one can learn a few things from the book by reading some interesting analyses of famous European wars, most of the chapters seem to be a poorly written summary of some random historical events.
And the whole book leads to a final chapter on the present lack of preparation of the US armed forces to the next war. This could be written
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Nick
The chapters cover different historical periods and vary greatly in approach, which is annoying. The editors do a decent job of pulling them together by distinguishing “military revolutions” from “revolutions in military affairs” and making some generalizations about each. The former are big and uncontrollable, while the latter are the result of effort by military leaders. My main complaint is that ”revolutions in military affairs” are shown to take a long time and be the result of evolutionary ...more
Ryan
Chapter 10 has perhaps the best rundown of innovation and future force development
Christopher
An academic read that lays out the distinction between revolutions in military affairs (RMA) and military revolutions. The former is led by a military at the confluence of several developments while in the latter, the military follows a larger change in the social or political order. The chapters are stand alone essays but the introduction and conclusion provide excellent bookends. In the end, both explain changes in war that are grouped with the benefit of hindsight. A topic worth understanding ...more
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