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The Resource The pursuit of power : technology, armed force, and society since A.D. 1000, William H. McNeill

The pursuit of power : technology, armed force, and society since A.D. 1000, William H. McNeill

Label
The pursuit of power : technology, armed force, and society since A.D. 1000
Title
The pursuit of power
Title remainder
technology, armed force, and society since A.D. 1000
Statement of responsibility
William H. McNeill
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In this magnificent synthesis of military, technological, and social history, William H. McNeill explores a whole millennium of human upheaval and traces the path by which we have arrived at the frightening dilemmas that now confront us. McNeill moves with equal mastery from the crossbow -- banned by the Church in 1139 as too lethal for Christians to use against one another -- to the nuclear missile, from the sociological consequences of drill in the seventeenth century to the emergence of the military-industrial complex in the twentieth. His central argument is that a commercial transformation of world society in the eleventh century caused military activity to respond increasingly to market forces as well as to the commands of rulers. Only in our own time, suggests McNeill, are command economies replacing the market control of large-scale human effort. The Pursuit of Power does not solve the problems of the present, but its discoveries, hypotheses, and sheer breadth of learning do offer a perspective on our current fears and, as McNeill hopes, 'a ground for wiser action'."--Publisher description
  • "In this magnificent synthesis of military, technological, and social history, William H. McNeill explores a whole millennium of human upheaval and traces the path by which we have arrived at the frightening dilemmas that now confront us. McNeill moves with equal mastery from the crossbow -- banned by the Church in 1139 as too lethal for Christians to use against one another -- to the nuclear missile, from the sociological consequences of drill in the seventeenth century to the emergence of the military-industrial complex in the twentieth. His central argument is that a commercial transformation of world society in the eleventh century caused military activity to respond increasingly to market forces as well as to the commands of rulers. Only in our own time, suggests McNeill, are command economies replacing the market control of large-scale human effort. The Pursuit of Power does not solve the problems of the present, but its discoveries, hypotheses, and sheer breadth of learning do offer a perspective on our current fears and, as McNeill hopes, 'a ground for wiser action'." -- Publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1917-2016
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McNeill, William Hardy
Dewey number
355/.02/09
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
U37
LC item number
.M38 1982
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Military art and science
  • Military history, Medieval
  • Military history, Modern
  • World politics
Label
The pursuit of power : technology, armed force, and society since A.D. 1000, William H. McNeill
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Arms and Society in Antiquity --- 2. The Era of Chinese Predominance, 1000-1500 --- 3. The Business of War in Europe, 1000-1600 --- 4. Advances in Europe's Art of War, 1600-1750 --- 5. Strains on Europe's Bureaucratization of Violence, 1700-1789 --- 6. The Military Impact of the French Political and the British Industrial Revolutions, 1789-1840 --- 7. The Initial Industrialization of War, 1840-84 --- 8. Intensified Military-Industrial Interaction, 1884-1914 --- 9. World Wars of the Twentieth Century --- 10. The Arms Race and Command Economies since 1945 --- Conclusion
Control code
8132100
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 405 pages
Isbn
9780226561578
Lccn
81024095
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)18980
Label
The pursuit of power : technology, armed force, and society since A.D. 1000, William H. McNeill
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Arms and Society in Antiquity --- 2. The Era of Chinese Predominance, 1000-1500 --- 3. The Business of War in Europe, 1000-1600 --- 4. Advances in Europe's Art of War, 1600-1750 --- 5. Strains on Europe's Bureaucratization of Violence, 1700-1789 --- 6. The Military Impact of the French Political and the British Industrial Revolutions, 1789-1840 --- 7. The Initial Industrialization of War, 1840-84 --- 8. Intensified Military-Industrial Interaction, 1884-1914 --- 9. World Wars of the Twentieth Century --- 10. The Arms Race and Command Economies since 1945 --- Conclusion
Control code
8132100
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 405 pages
Isbn
9780226561578
Lccn
81024095
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)18980

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