This has been a very difficult book to write. In seeking to offer global coverage, an account of warfare, that includes land and sea, and moves away from the customary dominance by western European developments, I have become all too aware of my limitations. In addition, the discipline of writing in accordance with particular guidelines and a tight word-limit has been very demanding, and what has been discarded in endless redrafting could have made several books.
I have also been affected by limits on the number and detail of the maps. Yet this has also been an exciting book to produce. War, its conduct, cost, consequences, and preparations for conflicts’ were all central to global history in the early modem period: European discovery and trade linked hitherto separated regions, so force played a crucial role in these new relationships and in their consequences.
The conflict was also crucial to the history of relations between the states in particular regions of the world, as well as to the internal history of individual countries. I am most grateful to Geoffrey Parker, David Aldridge, Matthew Anderson, Kelly DeVries, Jan Glee, Richard Harding, Michael Hill, Knud Jespersen, and Peter Wilson for commenting on earlier drafts. A number of other S have also contributed to the production of the volume, especially Mary Scott and Liz Wyse; the collective nature of the historical enterprise is particularly apparent in the case of historical class. Personally, it has been most instructive to create this work. My other current project is a study of historical atlases, and my own effort has reinforced my more general conclusions: of the excitement and value of the game and of the need to appreciate the great difficulties that their compilation pose.
|Series: Cambridge Illustrated Atlases|
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 31, 1996)