Warfare and Empires: Contact and Conflict Between European and Non-European Military and Maritime Forces and Cultures

1st Edition

Routledge
Published October 23, 1997
Reference - 420 Pages
ISBN 9780860785286 - CAT# Y283954
Series: An Expanding World: The European Impact on World History, 1450 to 1800

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Summary

It is commonplace that warfare was integral to the European expansion, pitting the superiorities of the European against the inferiorities of the ’native’. The aim of this book is to look deeper, and to examine the technological, political and economic structures and capacities of the competing forces that shaped their ability to wage war, and the impact that colonial wars had on European and non-European states and societies alike. Questions of the extent to which one side could adapt its military institutions, tactics and technology to those of its opponents figure prominently. This was far from an inevitable one-way process, and environment and disease remained vital factors. The studies also situate these conflicts within the broader debate concerning the so-called military revolution, and show that our ideas of this need to be reconsidered in the light of what was happening outside Europe.

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