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by John Ellis

eBook The Social History of the Machine Gun download ISBN: 0394731247
Author: John Ellis
Publisher: Pantheon Books; 1st American ed edition (1975)
Language: English
Pages: 186
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Rating: 4.3
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Category: Engineering
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Throughout the book, Ellis refers to John Moses Browning as William J. Browning. I wonder how many other comparable errors are in this book.

He shows there is an absolute interplay between the zeitgeist of social, military and technological forces. He also shows that unless there are the proper changes and alignment of forces progress is retarded. Throughout the book, Ellis refers to John Moses Browning as William J.

The book is a Social-History in the sense of how, culturally at least, the machine gun has implicated itself in. .

The book is a Social-History in the sense of how, culturally at least, the machine gun has implicated itself in society, of how the entrenched class-orientated Military of America and Europe refused to believe a ical invention could really replace individual heroism on the battlefield, that at least at the beginning of WW1, still believed that the Cavalry would.

This is a unique book. John Ellis has written more than a technical history of the machine guns, a weapon which has really revolutionized the battlefields and the military world. This is a unique book. Mr. Ellis tells us a story about the resilience of customs, practices and traditions, in spite of the fact that the material reality that once enabled these customs and practices to thrive have already gone away.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I opened up John Ellis’ The Social History of the Machine Gun – machine guns and social histories of anything don’t really tend to go together. Ellis has a fairly extensive list of books to his name, but the jacket describes him as a former member of the Department of Military Studies at the University of Manchester, without claiming the title of Professor. It doesn’t take many pages before it becomes evident that Ellis is not a gun guy. He has a lot of information at his disposal, but he finds no joy or intrigue in the mechanics of guns.

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Arguing that the history of technology is inseparable from social history in general, Mr. Ellis weighs the machine gun's impact on weaponry, warfare, and society.

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Mr. Ellis has written a most unusual book. His thesis contends that the invention of the machine gun and the failure of the military to recognize it significance in the decades leading up to WWI, considering it useful only against tribesmen and other "primitives", led directly to the horrific slaughter of WWI and the static warefare of the trenches. He looks in depth at the military subculture of Victorian England and how it was incapable of recognizing the significance of the machine gun-and those who attempted to place the weapon into the British Army's scheme of things were sanctioned and gagged. When we finally get to the chapter on WWI it is akin to reading one of Shakespear's tragedies. The inevitability of the butchery is made all that more terrible by the knowledge that the deliberite myopia of the British and French higher command ensured that their troops used outmoded tactics against emplaced German forces and their Maxim guns. The author gives one case where two German machine guns annihilated a six-hundred man British infantry battalion in the space of a couple of hours with no casulties sustained by the Germans. In other words six German soldiers killed and wounded hundreds. The final chapter covers the years following WWI as well as the role of the weapon in movies of all things. Some might disagree with Mr. Ellis, that the invention of one device could be responsible for such sweeping changes in both social and military circles is unrealistic, but Mr. Ellis presents a very skillfull work that states just that. If you are looking for a technical history of the machine gun then this book isn't for you, but if you are curious about the impact that the industrial revolution has made on humanity then this book will be a fascinating read.
Sam Colt may have made Men equal but John Browning made Men into Machines

This is the second flat-out masterpiece I've read from John Ellis. His thesis in "Machine Gun" is one I don't always agree with, but it's always fascinating, and well-thought out. That thesis runs thusly, in a nutshell: A general tendency by gerontocratic elites (sometimes literally old, sometimes just in their views) at first resisted the implementation of more advanced weapons, fearing it was a threat to their power. Then they accepted that these dangerous tools had a use (against colonized/or occupied people whom they considered their inferiors), but that these weapons should and would be of negligible significance in intra-European warfare. Untold millions died due to their intentional malice and later miscalculations, and the warrior's ethos was totally subsumed and (pardon the pun) outgunned by technology. Heart, courage, elan, espirit-de-corps and other martial values meant nothing in the face of increasingly devastating technology (created, supposedly, as a mutual deterrent against the kind of bloodshed that broke out and is still endemic to man).

Mr. Ellis does some good collateral work on discussing the public's fascination with the machine-gun (especially the American, movie-going public), but he does not get bogged down in pop culture or allow his study to devolve into a postmodern farce like the bulk of what passes for scholarship today.The work is lucid and clear, and while it is fairly short, it wastes no time and packs quite a punch in its graceful-yet-economic treatment of hundreds of years of social and technological advancement. The work is billed as a "social history" but it's as much a philosophical rumination on Man's ability to continuously create new problems by trying to solve old ones, through what James Kunstler called "techno-narcissism."

It should be added that the book is not a polemic or a sermon for or against gun control, and while there are enough technical details to satisfy a gear-head's desire to know the physics and mechanics of the guns in question, the author never loses sight of the fact that these are killing machines being created and Pandora's box is being prized ever wider with each new development. A handful of photos are included. Highest recommendation.
I've been doing a lot of reading about "The Great War during the run up to its 100th anniversary. This book is an essential to understanding the significance of one of two technological advances in killing people that really did shape the war, military tactics, and grand strategy. Careful reading also provides a great insight into the nature of the colonial powers' "wars" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, debunking the heroic myths of fabulists like Rudyard Kipling and Winston Churchill about the nobility of the "steady" British soldier. It was the Maxim that mowed down tens of thousands of "natives" and made modern colonialism possible.

By the way, John Ellis is a wonderfully clear thinker about military history, worth ten or twenty of the usual mere chronicler. He actually thinks and uses relevant data. See, for example, his later "Brute Force" which shreds many of the myths of military strategy and leadership on the part of "The Greatest Generation."