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The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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 January 11th 2016 by Cambridge University Press (first published August 27th 2001)
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Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Dec 03, 2016 added it
1. Thinking about revolutions in warfare - Murray and Knox
2. "As if a new sun had arisen": England's 14th century RMA - Rogers
3. Forging the Western Army in 17th century France - Lynn
4. Mass politics and nationalism as military revolution: The French Revolution and after - Knox
-Before the Revolution
---Before 1648 hierarchical societies which can be traced to Middle Ages
------Except Republics (Dutch and Holy Roman Empire) and Parliamentary Regimes (England)
---Warfare that required efforts or summ
Bryan J. Pitchford, MFA
This was a mandatory read on the list for United States Army Command & General Staff College. We were assigned passages from the book rather than being required to read it cover to cover. I am interested in History and this was one of the few enjoyable blocks in the Army course. However, I graduated from the American public school system several years ago and I was not immediately invested in reading mandatory material. The U.S. Army has a specific definition of "military revolution" compare ...more
Luis Delgado
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2....

Es un enfoque interesante sobre la necesidad de que los ejércitos mantenga actualizado su doctrina militar. Me gustó aunque hubiera encontrado referencia sobre las guerras árabe - israelí.
May 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, history
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
Mannix Nyiam ii
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
This is definitely a book for policy makers and military officers who have ever been in doubt about Revolutions in Military Affairs (RMA). It is also recommended for military history enthusiasts. The book is a collection of 10 essays that use a historical approach to set the contexts for differentiating between Military Revolutions (triggered by socio-political changes) and RMA (triggered by deliberate innovations by the military high command). Though I found the book interesting, some of the hi ...more
Elaad Yair
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Dharma Agastia
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Knox and Murray provide their version of the Revolution in Military Affairs, which is divided into larger Military Revolutions and smaller Revolutions in Military Affairs. The rest of the book is mostly case studies in medieval Britain and modern war history in which the framework can be applied.
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Chapter 10 has perhaps the best rundown of innovation and future force development
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a staple of the CGSC and a good historical works. I found it powerful. The focus upon tactics and the"how" of fighting over technology was refreshing and insightful.
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