Study Group on the History of Military Revolutions

Staff: Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
March 1, 2003 - Present

This study group will result in a book that examines four major technological revolutions of the past 500 years (Gunpowder, Industrial, Mechanization, and Computerization) and how they transformed warfare and the international balance-of-power. For each military revolution, Mr. Boot will provide dramatic narratives of key conflicts--from the battle of the Spanish Armada to the recent war in Afghanistan--that highlight the effects of changing technologies on strategy. In addition, Mr. Boot applies the lessons of history to current dilemmas, examining crucial questions such as how long America's military advantage will last, and what the United States can do to preserve its hegemony.

This project has been made possible with the generous support from the following:

Smith Richardson Foundation

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Randolph Foundation

Roger and Susan Hertog

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

Carnegie Corporation

John M. Olin Foundation

 

Meetings

Section III: The Second Industrial Age

Speaker: Max Boot, Senior Fellow, National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Panelist: Paul Kennedy, J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, and Director of International Security Studies, Yale University
October 19, 2004

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Section II: The Industrial Revolution

Speaker: Max Boot
Panelist: Paul Kennedy
May 19, 2004

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Section I: Gunpowder Revolution

Speaker: Max Boot
Panelist: Paul Kennedy, Yale University
October 15, 2003

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The History of Military Revolutions

Speaker: Max Boot, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Paul Kennedy, Dilworth Professor of History, Yale University
March 4, 2003

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