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Military-technical progress and dynamics of the intensity of armed conflicts
Material posted: Publication date: 22-10-2020

At the beginning of the XX century, Russian General V.P. Mikhnevich, describing the development of military affairs at that time, wrote: "before our eyes, with the introduction of steam, electricity, significant improvements in firearms and many auxiliary technical inventions, the situation in the war and the ways of conducting it have changed so much that it would be dangerous to be guided in solving modern issues of war even by the methods and techniques that Napoleon held." These words have remained relevant to the present day – today the advanced achievements of scientific and technological progress are actively and quickly integrated into the tactical schemes of the armed forces.

Hence, the concept of "involvement in the conflict," it probably makes sense to measure in two key parameters – the proportion mobilized in the army of the population, and the percentage of losses. These indicators (when considering the dynamics) allows you to understand how high was the intensity (or severity) of combat operations, and great importance was attached to conflict in society.


The number naselineI

The number of troops


Proportion of dead

Share mobilized


38 440 000

2 000 740

756 285




39 231 000

1 494 412

144 642

Of 9.68%


Table. 3. Cliometrica the First world war

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