Synopses & Reviews
"... offers the quickest way I know to acquire the basic historical background that we ought all to have." --Louis J. Halle, Survival
This classic in the field of military history covers weaponry from Archimedes' catapult down to MIRV and the ABM, emphasizes the contributions of science to warfare, and includes an extensive new chapter on the weapons of the nuclear age.
This is a comprehensive history of weapons from Archimedes' catapult down to MIRV and the ABM, as well as a thoughtful examination of the application of science to warfare and its effects on military strategy.
Table of Contents
2. The Middle Ages
3. The Impact of Gunpowder/Early Artillery/Development of the Hand Gun/Naval Power, the Sailing Ship and the Gun/The Rise of the Military Engineer
4. War and Science in the 17th Century/Improvements in the Hand Gun/Artillery Changes, 1600-1700/Seventeenth-Century Science/Seventeenth-Century Fortification/Seventeenth-Century Naval Warfare
5. The 18th Century and Napoleonic Wars/Changes in Weapons and Tactics/The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars/Naval Warefare and Technology/Eighteenth-Century Science
6. The 19th Century/Science, Independent of War, Transforms War/Transformation of Land Warfare/Sea Power is Revolutionized/Late Developments in 19th Century Science
7. World War One, the Use and Non-Use of Science/The Coming of the Airplane/The Submarine Story/The Stalemate on Land
8. World War Two/The Role of the Scientist/The Supremacy of the Airplane/Radar/The Proximity Fuse/Fire-Control Mechanisms/Antisubmarine Measures/Incendiaries and Smoke Screens/The Coming of the Ballistic Missile
9. The Nuclear Revolution/The Warning/The Chain Reaction Problem/The Manhattan Project/Nuclear Developments after World War Two/Strategic Consequences of the Nuclear Revolution
10. Operations and Systems Analysis, the Science of Strategic Choice
11. Recent Weaponry Changes (1962-1972)/The New School of Conventional War Thinking/New Weapons for Non-Nuclear War/New Naval Weaponry/New Strategic Weapons Developments: The MIRV and ABM Systems/The Problem of Mounting Costs
Name and Weapon Index