It's nice for one of our first posts on this blog to be on such a positive note as we introduce one of our most recently published books, War Studies Reader: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day and Beyond, edited by Gary Sheffield. Gary will, I'm sure, be a familiar name to those of you with an interest in military history, as he currently holds the Chair of War Studies at the University of Birmingham.
In this reader, he introduces a selection of essays from experts that cover a wide spectrum of topics - including strategy, coalition warfare and ethics to name a few - in order to cover all of the areas students may come across in their studies. You can preview the book using the box to the left, or by clicking directly on this link.
PhD student Ross Mahoney has kindly reviewed the book over at the unofficial blog of War Studies students at Birmingham, Birmingham "On War". Hopefully if you're a student or a lecturer you'll find his comments useful. Overall, Ross comments 'This work is ideal for new students taking up the challenge of trying to understand the phenomenon of war and is highly recommended.'