500 years of the history of warfare as seen through the advancement of weaponry.Consultant to the US Department of Defense and Senior Fellow of the US Council on Foreign Relations
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The Weapons That Changed the World
Wristwatches, canned food, sunglasses, computers, digital cameras, GPS, drones, microwaves… All of these inventions we use daily were actually developed during wartime. In his lecture “Weapons That Changed History”, Max Boot, who looks at humankind’s technological advancements through the frame of innovations in war, weapons, and armed forces, introduces how technology developed alongside war, changing the hegemonic order.
In Lectures 1~4, Boot shows how European countries became rulers of the world by adopting new weapon systems after the Gunpowder Revolution. In Lectures FIve and Six, he explains how rifles, an individual weapon, were developed after the First Industrial Revolution and the effect this had on warfare, and how the introduction of a modern military system changed militaries around the world and became the basis of contemporary armies.
The Second World War, happening alongside the Second Industrial Revolution, saw the mobilization of more soldiers and the mass production of more destructive weapons through technological advancements. This was when tanks and fighter airplanes were first used in earnest. Lectures 8~13, delve into the Second Industrial Revolution’s impact on warfare through the Battle of France, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the bombing of Japan.
After the two World Wars, Europe cedes its dominance over the world to the US. In Lectures 14~17 , Boot explains how the US, now a global power, developed cutting-edge weapons using information technology, the innovation this brought, and their limitations. In Lecture 18~22, Boot contemplates the present and the future of wars, offering insight into the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war and how future war technology should be utilized.
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Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the US Council on Foreign Relations Consultant to the US Department of Defense Foreign-affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times Author of Savage Wars of Peace (2002) Author of War Made New (2007)
Max Boot is an American historian and military expert. He has written foreign-affairs editorials for The Weekly Standard, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He was named one of “the 500 most influential people in the United States in the field of foreign policy.”
Max Boot usually writes about militaries and wars around the world and is the author of Savage Wars of Peace as well as War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History. He gives lectures at the US Army War College and the Command and General Staff College. He is currently a consultant to the US Department of Defense and a Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the US Council on Foreign Relations.
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