The Military Revolution

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Emmanuel Rodriguez
Prof. David Curley
Class History 306
7 February 2017
The Military Revolution

When it comes to technological advancement, perhaps one of the industries that have incurred the greatest and fastest growth is the military sector. Albert Einstein once said, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” (Einstein, 1949) The changes in warfare have become increasingly deadlier over the course of human development, and its advancements have impacted humanity in profound and shocking ways. At one point it time, it was even customary to have drills involving the famous ‘duck and cover’ method that was made famous over numerous bomb drills in the United States
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Between the 1500s and the 1700s, the frequency of war was at a shocking 95%, and in the 16th century there were only 10 years of peace (Roberts, 1956). War was every bit as part of European culture as the food they ate and the wine they drank; the desire for conquest and expansion, as well as the spreading of religious dogma, frequently played a part in the political matters of the time.
According to Roberts, there were several key changes in warfare that occurred during this particular time-frame: key among these was a revolution in war tactics, a marked growth in army size throughout the continent, the development of more complex strategies in order to maneuver these large armies. As can be expected, larger armies required significantly more resources, such as food, ammunition, and medical supplies. Ultimately, this meant that as more resources were pooled into their sustenance, there would be less and less available to civilians.
In Geoffrey Parker’s The Military Revolution the author has a clear purpose: to understand how the West, comparatively small and lacking in natural resources, was able to compensate for their shortcomings through the use of superior military power. The European supremacy stemmed from its military revolution; Western powers simply overpowered the continents of Asia, Africa and America with sheer intelligence. No other region could match the firearms Europe utilized;
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