War, the Military Revolution(s) Controversy, and Army Expansion

@article{Thompson1999WarTM,
  title={War, the Military Revolution(s) Controversy, and Army Expansion},
  author={W. Thompson and Karen Rasler},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  year={1999},
  volume={32},
  pages={3 - 31}
}
  • W. Thompson, Karen Rasler
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Political Studies
  • One school of thought on European state making argues that discontinuous change in weapons and tactics led to the expansion of armies, and, therefore, states. Others argue that decision makers expanded state organizations to make war for its own sake, not simply because the tools of war changed. Although this controversy is not easily resolved, the empirical evidence indicates that major expansions in army sizes over the past 500 years were almost exclusively related to major wars fought over… CONTINUE READING
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