Armament and History
The Influence of Armament on History from the Dawn of Classical Warfare to the End of the Second World War
By (author) J. F. C. Fuller
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Armament and History by J. F. C. Fuller
Book DescriptionAlthough skill, leadership, strategy, and number of forces have been important factors in battles, armaments have played the most decisive role in determining ultimate military victory. Entranced by the power and precision of armaments, man has continuously invented faster, more accurate, and more devastating weapons, from the javelin, stone axe, sword, and the arrow to the cannon, musket, rifle, tank, super-fortress, and missile. In this study of the influence of armaments on history, J.F.C. Fuller shows how the inventive genius of man can potentially obliterate his sense of moral values and destroy civilization. Divided into armament epochs--Ages of Valour, Chivalry, Gunpowder, Steam, Oil, and Atomic Energy--Armament and History examines the most influential military innovations of each period as well as the key leaders (including Alexander, Caesar, Gustavus Adolphus, and Napoleon) who skillfully employed these weapons. Although the author acknowledges that war cannot be eliminated entirely, he urges man to impose restrictions on warfare before society descends into a second Dark Age. Completed immediately after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki--chilling examples of mass destruction caused by armaments--this impassioned work remains relevant more than a half-century later.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306808593
(216mm x 137mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author J. F. C. Fuller
Conduct of War 1789-1961, Hardback (September 2015)
Originally published: London: Methuen, 1972.
Generalship of Alexander the Great, Paperback (January 2004)
"Of all General Fuller's brilliant books, this is his masterpiece." --B. H. Liddell Hart
Second World War, 1939-45, Paperback (March 1993)
"Fuller's biographer, Bryan Holden Reid, has described The Second World War as "an analysis of the breakdown, as Fuller saw it, of the vital relationship between grand strategy and grand tactics--the e"
Conduct of War, 1789-1961, Paperback (March 1992)» View all books by J. F. C. Fuller
"The Conduct of War is the study of the way in which political and economical changes since the French Revolution have altered both the techniques and the aims of war, and its theme is that war which"
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Author Biography - J. F. C. Fuller
Major General J.F.C. Fuller (1878-1966) was one of the most important and original military thinkers of this century. He served as lieutenant in the Boer War, organized the first British tank corps in World War I, and developed the strategy and tactics of tank warfare which were later put to such effective use by the Nazis for their World War II blitzkriegs. His many books include A Military History of the Western World (3 volumes), The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant, Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant, and The Generalship of Alexander the Great, all of which are available from Da Capo Press/Perseus Book Group.
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