The Origins Of War: From The Stone Age To Alexander The Great, Revised Edition History & Warfare

Used book in Good Condition. But, but to the emergence of settled life itself nearly 10, as this strikingly original and entertaining book shows, the origins of war can be traced back not to the Iron Age, or even to the Bronze Age, 000 years ago. When did war begin? standard military accounts tend to start with the Graeco-Persian wars, laying undue emphasis on the preeminence of Greek heavy infantry.

When philip and alexander blended the two traditions in their crack Macedonian army, despite technological changes, the result was a style of warfare that continued, down to Napoleon. This newly revised edition presents detailed and copiously illustrated accounts of all the major battles on land and sea up to the fourth century b.

C. Analyzes weapons from the sling to the catapult, and discusses ancient strategy and tactics, making this a book for armchair historians everywhere. The military revolution that occurred then—the invention of major new weapons, the creation of strategy and tactics—ultimately gave rise to the great war machines of ancient Egypt, the massive fortifications, Assyria, and Persia that dominated the Near East until the time of Alexander the Great.

It is arther ferrill's thesis that in the period before Alexander there were two independent lines of military development—a Near Eastern one culminating in the expert integration of cavalry, skirmishers, and light infantry and a Greek one based on heavy infantry.

Roman Warfare Cambridge Introduction to Roman Civilization

Used book in Good Condition. Read up on the military strategies of ancient Rome in this non-technical and lively narrative.

The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War

This authoritative new edition will ensure that its greatness is appreciated by future generations. In any list of the great Books of Western Civilization, The Peloponnesian War stands near the top. Based on the venerable Richard Crawley translation, updated and revised for modern readers. Free Press. Used book in Good Condition.

The landmark thucydides includes a vast array of superbly designed and presented maps, an index of unprecedented subtlety, explanatory marginal notes on each page, brief informative appendices by outstanding classical scholars on subjects of special relevance to the text, and numerous other useful features.

However, this classic book has long presented obstacles to the uninitiated reader. Robert strassler's new edition removes these obstacles by providing a new coherence to the narrative overall, and by effectively reconstructing the lost cultural context that Thucydides shared with his original audience. Considered essential reading for generals, and liberally educated citizens for more than 2, political, 000 years, moral, statesmen, The Peloponnesian War is a mine of military, and philosophical wisdom.

Considered essential reading for generals, political, moral, and liberally educated citizens for more than 2, 000 years, The Peloponnesian War is a mine of military, statesmen, and philosophical wisdom. Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta “a possssion for all time, ” and indeed it is the first and still most famous work in the Western historical tradition.

Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta “a possssion for all time, ” and indeed it is the first and still most famous work in the Western historical tradition.

Roman Warfare

A ruthless approach to combat played a major part in Rome's history, creating an empire that eventually included much of Europe, the Near East and North Africa. Yet this ferocity was combined with a genius for absorbing conquered peoples, creating one of the most enduring empires ever known. In roman warfare, celebrated historian adrian goldsworthy traces the history of Roman warfare from 753 BC, the traditional date of the founding of Rome by Romulus, to the eventual decline and fall of Roman Empire and attempts to recover Rome and Italy from the "barbarians" in the sixth century AD.

. What distinguished the Roman army from its opponents was the uncompromising and total destruction of its enemies. It is the indispensable history of the most professional fighting force in ancient history, an army that created an Empire and changed the world. Used book in Good Condition. From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, a concise and comprehensive history of the fighting forces that created the Roman EmpireRoman warfare was relentless in its pursuit of victory.

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Warfare in the Ancient World**OUT OF PRINT**

Used book in Good Condition. Coverage extends to all regions of the ancient world and includes period-by-period analyses of all facets of warfare, armor, tactics, including the organization, and weaponry of armies. Warfare in the ancient World offers a complete, authoritative, and accessible record of how war was waged in antiquity.

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Anglo-Norman Warfare: Studies in Late Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman Military Organization and Warfare

Here in this book, are fundamental articles on warfare in England and Normandy in the 11th and 12th centuries, gathered together for the first time, combining the work of some of the foremost scholars in the field. Redressing the tendency to study military institutions and obligations in isolation from the practice of war, equal emphasis is given both to organisation and composition of forces, and to strategy, tactics and conduct of war.

Prestwich, r. This important collection, will be is essential not simply for the student of medieval warfare, with an introduction and select bibliography, but for all studying Anglo-Norman society and its ruling warrior aristocracy whose raison d'être was war. Used book in Good Condition. The result is not only an in-depth analysis of the nature of war itself, but a study of warfare in a broader social, political and cultural context.

Holt, j. O. Free Press. The themes dealt with largely span the period of the Conquest, offering an assessment of the extent to which the Norman invasion marked radical change or a degree of continuity in the composition of armies and in methods of fighting. The influence of war on late Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman society was dominant and all-pervasive.

Contributors: nicholas hooper, marjorie CHIBNALL, J.

The End Is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses

In this absorbing compendium, Carlin embarks on a whole new set of stories and major cliffhangers that will keep readers enthralled. At the same time the questions he asks us to consider involve the most important issue imaginable: human survival. From the collapse of the bronze Age to the challenges of the nuclear era the issue has hung over humanity like a persistent Sword of Damocles.

Inspired by his podcast,  The End is Always Near challenges the way we look at the past and ourselves. Idiosyncratic and erudite, offbeat yet profound,  The End is Always Near examines issues that are rarely presented, and makes the past immediately relevant to our very turbulent present. Used book in Good Condition.

Used book in Good Condition. The creator of the wildly popular award-winning podcast Hardcore History looks at some of the apocalyptic moments from the past as a way to frame the challenges of the future. Do tough times create tougher people? can humanity handle the power of its weapons without destroying itself? Will human technology or capabilities ever peak or regress? No one knows the answers to such questions, but no one asks them in a more interesting way than Dan Carlin.

In the end is always near, dan carlin looks at questions and historical events that force us to consider what sounds like fantasy; that we might suffer the same fate that all previous eras did. Will our world ever become a ruin for future archaeologists to dig up and explore? The questions themselves are both philosophical and like something out of The Twilight Zone.

Combining his trademark mix of storytelling, history and weirdness Dan Carlin connects the past and future in fascinating and colorful ways.

The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece

The greeks of the classical age invented not only the central idea of Western politics―that the power of state should be guided by a majority of its citizens―but also the central act of Western warfare, the decisive infantry battle. Instead of ambush, or combat between individual heroes, skirmish, the Greeks of the fifth century B.

C. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Devised a ferocious, brief, and destructive head-on clash between armed men of all ages. In this bold, original study, victor Davis Hanson shows how this brutal enterprise was dedicated to the same outcome as consensual government―an unequivocal, instant resolution to dispute.

A new preface addresses recent scholarship on Greek warfare. University of California Press. Linking this new style of fighting to the rise of constitutional government, Hanson raises new issues and questions old assumptions about the history of war. Free Press.

Medieval Warfare: A History

Twelve scholars examine medieval warfare in two sections. Now, examining over seven hundred years of European conflict, the richly illustrated Medieval Warfare illuminates this era, from the time of Charlemagne to the end of the middle ages 1500. University of California Press. Guaranteed packaging. New. Used book in Good Condition.

No quibbles returns. Mint Condition. Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. Free Press. The medieval period was a singular epoch in military history--an age profoundly influenced by martial ideals, whose very structure of society was organized for war, and whose leaders were by necessity warriors.

The first section explores the experience of war chronologically, on the wars and expansion of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, on the Crusades, with essays on the Viking age, and on the great Hundred Years War between England and France. Used book in Good Condition. The second section traces developments in the art of warfare: fortification and siege craft, the role of armored cavalrymen, the birth of gunpowder artillery, the use of mercenary forces, and the new skills in navigation and shipbuilding.


Blundering to Glory: Napoleon's Military Campaigns, Third Edition

Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Renowned for its accuracy, and readability, brevity, this book has long been the gold standard of concise histories of the Napoleonic Wars. Guaranteed packaging. Rowman Littlefield Publishers. Mint Condition. No quibbles returns. New. Now in an updated and revised edition, it is unique in its portrayal of one of the world's great generals as a scrambler who never had a plan, strategic or tactical, that did not break down or change of necessity in the field.

Exploring this neglected aspect of Napoleon's battlefield genius, Connelly at the same time offers stirring and complete accounts of all the Napoleonic campaigns. Distinguished historian owen connelly argues that napoleon was the master of the broken play, so confident of his ability to improvise, cover his own mistakes, and capitalize on those of the enemy that he repeatedly plunged his armies into uncertain, seemingly desperate situations, only to emerge victorious as he 'blundered' to glory.

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The Rise of the Roman Empire Penguin Classics

The greek statesman Polybius c. 200–118 bc wrote his account of the relentless growth of the Roman Empire in order to help his fellow countrymen understand how their world came to be dominated by Rome. Mint Condition. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

An active participant of the politics of his time as well as a friend of many prominent Roman citizens, Polybius drew on many eyewitness accounts in writing this cornerstone work of history. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

Penguin Classics. Used book in Good Condition. Opening with the punic war in 264 bc, he vividly records the critical stages of Roman expansion: its campaigns throughout the Mediterranean, the temporary setbacks inflicted by Hannibal and the final destruction of Carthage. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. Guaranteed packaging. University of California Press.