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What is Military History?

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The third edition of What is Military History? has been thoroughly updated, and includes a new bibliography and new case studies on naval warfare and the origins of war, as well as expanded sections on historiography, environmental history and world history.

This popular textbook showcases a field that encompasses not only accounts of campaigns and battles, but includes a wide range of perspectives on all aspects of past military organization and activity. Its global and comparative analysis covers: the history of military history, showing how it has developed from ancient times to the present; the key ideas and concepts that shape analysis of military activity; the current controversies about which military historians argue, and why they are important; a survey of who does military history, where it is taught and published, and how it is practiced; and a look at where military history is headed in the future.

Ideal for any interested reader and for classes in military history and in historiography generally, the third edition of this popular book thoroughly explains the dynamics of this rich and growing area of study.

Author: Morillo Stephen
Pages: 183
ISBN: 9781509517619
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 3
Release Year: 2018

1. An Introduction to Military History

Military History: Definitions, Topics, Scope

Who Studies Military History and Why?

Overview of this Book

2. Military Historiography

Classical Roots: Military History in Ancient Times Military History in the Traditional World: Histories, Manuals, and War Tales

Science, Nationalism, and General Staffs: Military History in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

New Military Histories: The Transformations of the Last 50 Years

3. Conceptual Frameworks

Military History and Philosophy of History

Military Art and Practice

War and Society: Interdisciplinary Influences

Global History and Comparative Methodology


4. Current Controversies

Military Revolutions

Counter-Insurgency: History and Policy

"The West": Exceptionalism and Dominance?

Is Naval History Military History?

War, Society, and Culture: Other Controversies

Conclusion: Revisionism and Reading the Process of History

5. Doing Military History




Journals, Presses, and Associations

6. The Future of Military History

Trends in the Field

The Politics of Military History


Further Reading


Stephen Morillo is Professor of History at Wabash College.

Michael F. Pavkovic is Professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College.

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