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It is hard to argue with the notion that technological change has become a key within military history. From the 19th century's railroads and rifles to modern systems of information management and smart weaponry, technology continues to change the face of battle. But questions remain. Is technology a master or servant? Are there limits to its usefulness? Does it alter the nature of war, or is war based on timeless, unchanging principles? These are a few of the themes to be explored in this new series. Between 1900 and 1950, complex mechanical analog computers were developed for military use, flourishing into a complex art form and industry before dying away suddenly in the face of far cheaper electronic replacements. These early computers allowed long-range big gun battleships, long-range torpedoes, and airplanes to hit their targets, changing the nature of warfare forever. Not surprisingly, what is true today was true then - the combatant with the best computers typically won the conflict. This book reveals having the best system was not a question of research or money, but was determined by the politics of the organization involved.
Number of pages: 224
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