Empires, Nations and Wars (Paperback)
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Short Description for Empires, Nations and Wars Brings together the articles and lectures of Sir Michael Howard during his time as Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Oxford between 1980 and 1989. Some of the articles in this work reflect on contemporary events, but most are concerned with the historical process which underlies international politics.
- Published: 01 April 2007
- Format: Paperback 211 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781862273726 ISBN 10: 1862273723
- Sales rank: 1,510,960
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This book brings together the major articles and lectures of Sir Michael Howard during his time as Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Oxford between 1980 and 1989. Some reflect on contemporary events, but most are broadly concerned with the historical process which underlies international politics, and the nature of the insights which historians should be able to bring to the study of world affairs. In particular, they deal with the evolution of 'nations' and of nationalism in nineteenth-century Europe, and the relationship of that evolution to the transformation of agrarian into industrial societies; that process of modernization, which, beginning in Western Europe in the eighteenth century, was by the end of the twentieth to encompass the entire world and whose effects trouble us still. This fascinating and elegantly written book, containing the mature reflections of one of Britain's finest historians, will be read with profit and enjoyment by all who seek insight into the historical process and a better understanding of the world in which we live. It might be argued that Michael Howard was the historian who made the study of warfare a 'respectable' academic exercise.