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Warfare

Geoffrey Plank

in Atlantic History

ISBN: 9780199730414
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199730414-0064
Warfare

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Military history has a large, varied constituency, and it may well be the most popular subfield within the historical profession. This, however, can be a mixed blessing for scholars seeking the attention of other academic historians, who too frequently assume that those who study warfare are either fascinated by the minutia of specific engagements (as many popular military historians are), or, like some within the military academies, are seeking to acquire applicable lessons from the events of the past. These stereotypes are unfair. Over the past several decades, military historians have produced work of enormous sweep and consequence, and they have demonstrated the centrality of warfare in the making of the Atlantic world. Of course, military historians are not the only scholars interested in wars. Warfare affected literature, art, politics, and economics—indeed, nearly every facet of life around the Atlantic. This entry concentrates on works that focus specifically on armed forces. For works examining terror and the use of force against noncombatants, see the entry "Violence."

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Subjects: History of the Americas ; European History ; African History ; History ; Regional and National History

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