Kurt Schroeder presented an invited paper, “The Wars of the Century of Peace (1815-1914): Rebellion, Colonialism, and Major Power Wars in a Century of Rapid Technological Change.”

October 2nd, 2013 by Nikki-Ann

Kurt Schroeder At the International Conference on Military Geosciences June 17-21 in Aviemore, Scotland, Kurt presented an invited paper, “The Wars of the Century of Peace (1815-1914): Rebellion, Colonialism, and Major Power Wars in a Century of Rapid Technological Change.”  This paper examined the four phases of Nineteenth Century warfare and the effects of the rapid technological change during the century on weapons, such as rifles and artillery, logistics, such as railroads and roads, communications, such as the telegraph and the telephone, and the organization of strategy, operations, and tactics. Concurrent waves of technological evolution lead to a synthesis of the four periods into an explication of one era of rapid technological change.  Other activities included field study at battle sites such as Culloden and Cranmore, the fortieth largest, and an examination of the English occupation of Scotland as an example of control of the landscape through the control of key points dictated by the mountainous geography of Scotland.  Dr. Schroeder also handled firearms for the first time in his life, as the conference included a visit to a private firing range near Inverness, where he fired eight antique longarms from the period 1775 to 1915.