Jeremy Black is professor emeritus of history at Exeter University and a 2018 Templeton Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. His many books on modern war include The Age of Total War, A Century of Conflict: War, 1914–2014, and War and the World, 1450–2000.
War can range from tribal conflict to global conflagration. The benefit of such a broad definition is its explanatory power, but its lack of clarity can erode its usefulness. Jeremy Black’s most recent book looks to provide some clarity and thus better understand war. He also seeks to place this understanding of war in a global context, not limited by geography or chronology.. . . . Black effectively argues that some historical models are too narrow, in terms of both geography and time.