Myths of military revolution: European expansion and Eurocentrism

  title={Myths of military revolution: European expansion and Eurocentrism},
  author={Jason Campbell Sharman},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  pages={491 - 513}
  • J. Sharman
  • Published 1 September 2018
  • History, Political Science, Economics
  • European Journal of International Relations
This article critiques explanations of the rise of the West in the early modern period premised on the thesis that military competition drove the development of gunpowder technology, new tactics, and the Westphalian state, innovations that enabled European trans-continental conquests. Even theories in International Relations and other fields that posit economic or social root causes of Western expansion often rely on this “military revolution” thesis as a crucial intervening variable. Yet, the… 

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