Ciudad de México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas (Serie: Serie Historia General; 43), 2023. First Edition. Paperback. 370p., tables, bibl., indices, wrps. New. Item #83536
Since the very origin of the Western historiographic tradition, the study of weaponry has powerfully attracted the attention of historians and other observers of the social phenomenon of war. This has not been fortuitous. The material dimension of arms production constitutes the ultimate manifestation of a series of social relations of a labor, organizational and financial order, of capacities for the mobilization of resources, which have generated, throughout the history of historiography, a series of methodological approaches between military history, the history of public administration, economic history and sociology, around the possible political and administrative implications of forms of organization for war. This last perspective, the mobilization of resources for the production of weapons, as well as its organizational, labor and financial implications, is precisely the common thread of the research articles gathered in this book, which cover both long-term structural perspectives and medium duration, as microscopic analyzes of the relationship between small producers and state agents; from the North Sea and the Baltic, to the Iberian Peninsula, in its different kingdoms; from central Europe, to the Mediterranean, and from the Greater Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean. Thus, from this broad perspective, at the same time local, regional and global, we offer concrete alternatives to the historiography of technological determinism, as well as the emphasis on the protagonism of the State in the processes of administrative centralization, in the changes and transformations in technology. and the production of weapons, and in international competition.