The Shortest History of War - Shortest History 4 (Paperback)Gwynne Dyer (author)
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An engrossing addition to the hugely popular Shortest History series, Dyer’s whistle-stop tour of conflict from ancient times to the nuclear age is clear, concise and absolutely riveting.
In this addition to the bestselling ‘shortest history’ series, acclaimed historian and military expert Gwynne Dyer tells the story of war from its prehistoric – perhaps pre-human – origins up to the present age of algorithms and atom bombs.
Dyer chronicles the spread of warfare in the world’s first cities; the seemingly inexorable rise of inequality and tyranny as human societies expand; the millennium-long ‘classical age’ of combat ended by the firearm and the carnage of the Thirty Years’ War; the brief ensuing interlude of ‘limited war’ before the popular revolutions of the 18th century ushered in an era of total war – itself abruptly halted by Hiroshima. The final chapters deal with the precarious equilibrium of the past 75 years – the longest period of peace between major powers in modern history – and with the looming threats posed by nuclear proliferation, superpower rivalry and climate change.
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: 2nd Enlarged edition
‘From the first armies to clashes of drones and “dirty bombs”, this is eye-opening, big-picture stuff’ - BBC History Magazine
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