Article ID: CBB761922629

Is Military Technology Deterministic? (December 2019)


Roland, Alex (Author)

Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Pages: 19-33

Publication Date: December 2019
Edition Details: Special issue on technological determinism and war.
Language: English

In their papers prepared for this volume, Kelly DeVries and David Zimmerman explore the differing viewpoints on technological determinism that military historians bring to bear on premodern and modern warfare. This paper analyzes their respective arguments, including DeVries’s introduction of the concepts of effectiveness, invincibility, and decisiveness; it focuses primarily on technological determinism. It explores some concepts of historical causation and concludes that nothing in human behavior is deterministic. It recommends language that can help historians avoid this rhetorical battleground and speak more clearly and judiciously about the factors that shape warfare and affect its outcome.

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Article Goodman, Seymour E. (December 2019) Deploying Technological Innovation in “Real Time”: Union and Confederate Ironclads. Vulcan (pp. 81-110). unapi

Article Walton, Steven A. (December 2019) Technological Determinism(s) and the Study of War. Vulcan (pp. 4-18). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Chandler, Jennifer A.
Cherlet, Jan
DeVries, Kelly R.
Durant, Darrin
Goodman, Seymour E.
Misa, Thomas J.
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Technology and Culture
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Comparative Technology Transfer and Society
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
Oxford University Press
Technological determinism
Military technology
Social construction; constructivism
Technology and society
Science and technology studies (STS)
Borgmann, Albert
Ellul, Jacques
Ely, Richard Theodore
Moore, Gordon E.
Edison, Thomas Alva
Eisenhower, Dwight David
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
18th century
United States
United States. Army
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Amazon (Firm)

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