Age of Limited Warfare

Eighteenth Century: Age of Limited Warfare

Historians often refer to the 18th century as a period of limited warfare. But it must be understood that by referring to the period as one of limited warfare does not mean that there were limited wars or wars were not prolonged. In fact the period had frequent wars and was often prolonged. The wars also resulted in disastrous casualties. The 18th century war was limited in the aspect of objectives, resources, and actual battles. It is therefore right to refer the 18th century as an age of limited warfare compared to later unlimited wars that were fought for unlimited objectives. So, what were the political, tactical, operational, and strategic considerations that made this period an ‘age of limited warfare’?

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Drew, Dennis. Eighteenth-Century warfare in the nuclear age. Alabama. Air University Press. 2001. Print.