Oxford's Very Short Introductions offer brief insights into military topics, making them accessible for all interested in warfare and strategy.


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Authored by experts in their respective fields, these books provide an authoritative and accessible guide, making them highly valued by students, professionals, and enthusiasts alike for their academic credibility and thorough exploration of each topic.

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WARFIGHTING—Military Topics…. The Oxford Very Short Introduction Series (VSI)
  1. Aerial Warfare: A Very Short Introduction by Frank Ledwidge
    • Offers insights into the evolution, tactics, and technology of aerial warfare, emphasizing its impact on modern conflicts and military strategies.
  2. American Military History: A Very Short Introduction by Joseph T. Glatthaar
    • Surveys the comprehensive history of American military engagements, highlighting key conflicts, strategic decisions, and their societal impact.
  3. American Naval History: A Very Short Introduction by Craig L. Symonds
    • Chronicles the evolution of the U.S. Navy, detailing significant battles, advancements, and the strategic importance of naval power in shaping history.
  4. Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction by Harry Sidebottom
    • Explores warfare in ancient civilizations, focusing on tactics, technology, and the societal role of military conflict from Greek phalanxes to Roman legions.
  5. Clausewitz: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Howard
    • Provides an overview of Carl von Clausewitz's life, his seminal work "On War," and its profound influence on military strategy and theory.
  6. Military Strategy: A Very Short Introduction by Antulio J. Echevarria II
    • Examines the evolution and key concepts of military strategy, discussing its application and challenges in both historical and contemporary contexts.
  7. Modern War: A Very Short Introduction by Richard English
    • Analyzes the characteristics, causes, and impacts of modern warfare, including the role of technology and the significance of non-state actors.
  8. Nazi Germany: A Very Short Introduction by Jane Caplan
    • Delivers an insightful overview of Nazi Germany, focusing on its political ideology, governance, the Holocaust, and the impact on world history.
  9. Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction by Joseph M. Siracusa
    • Discusses the development, spread, and the geopolitical and ethical implications of nuclear weapons, alongside the challenges of non-proliferation and disarmament.
  10. Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction by Jack A. Goldstone
    • Analyzes the causes, dynamics, and outcomes of major revolutions throughout history, highlighting the impact of social, economic, and political factors.
  11. The First World War: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Howard
    • Provides an analysis of World War I, its causes, major battles, and the lasting impact on global politics and society.
  12. The Napoleonic Wars: A Very Short Introduction by Mike Rapport
    • Offers a concise account of the Napoleonic Wars, their causes, course, and consequences, and their effect on European political landscapes.
  13. The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction by Helen Graham
    • Gives insight into the Spanish Civil War, including its causes, key events, international involvement, and significance in the lead-up to World War II.
  14. The U.S. Civil War: A Very Short Introduction by Louis P. Masur
    • Analyzes the U.S. Civil War, discussing its origins, major battles, political and social upheaval, and the lasting legacy on American society.
  15. War and Religion: A Very Short Introduction by Jolyon Mitchell and Joshua Rey
    • Investigates the intricate relationship between war and religion, examining religious motivations for war, peace-making efforts, and the impact on both soldiers and civilians.
  16. World War II: A Very Short Introduction by Gerhard L. Weinberg
    • Provides a comprehensive overview of World War II, its causes, key moments, and aftermath, emphasizing its global impact and the Holocaust.