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The Cambridge History of Warfare

The Cambridge History of Warfare


Geoffrey Parker, Victor Davis Hanson, Bernard S. Bachrach, Christopher Allmand, John A. Lynn, Williamson A. Murray
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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521853590
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  • War is a compelling subject. It is common to almost all known societies and periods of history. The Cambridge History of Warfare, first published in 2005, provides a detailed account of war in the West from antiquity to the present day, and is unique because of its controversial thesis that war in western societies has followed a unique path leading to western dominance of the globe. From the Greek victory at Marathon to the Gulf War, readable and authoritative, The Cambridge History of Warfare places in context the key events in the history of armed engagement. All aspects of war on land, sea, and in the air are covered: weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence; mercenaries and standing armies; cavalry and infantry; chivalry and Blitzkrieg; guerilla assault and nuclear arsenals. This volume, first published as The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare, includes maps and an updated bibliography.

    • First published as The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare, includes maps and an updated bibliography
    • Comprehensive history of western warfare and all its aspects
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    08th Dec 2014 by Sajjad

    an excellent account of all the wars from revolution to modern wars

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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521853590
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 221 x 145 x 41 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • contains: 20 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the western way of war Geoffrey Parker
    Part I. The Age of Massed Infantry:
    1. Genesis of infantry 600–350 BC Victor Davis Hanson
    2. From phalanx to legion 350–250 BC Victor Davis Hanson
    3. The Roman way of war 250 BC–AD 300 Victor Davis Hanson
    Part II. The Age of Stone Fortifications:
    4. On Roman ramparts 300–1300 Bernard S. Bachrach
    5. New weapons, new tactics 1300–1500 Christopher Allmand
    6. The gunpowder revolution 1300–1500 Geoffrey Parker
    Part III. The Age of Guns and Sails:
    7. Ships of the line 1500–1650 Geoffrey Parker
    8. Conquest of the Americas 1500–1650 Patricia Seed
    9. Dynastic war 1494–1660 Geoffrey Parker
    10. States in conflict 1661–1763 John A Lynn
    11. Nations in arms 1763–1815 John A. Lynn
    Part IV. The Age of Mechanized Warfare:
    12. The industrialization of war 1815–71 Williamson A. Murray
    13. Towards world war 1871–1914 Williamson A. Murray
    14. The west at war 1914–18 Williamson A. Murray
    15. The world in conflict 1919–41 Williamson A. Murray
    16. The world at war 1941–5 Williamson A. Murray
    17. The post-war world Williamson A. Murray
    Epilogue: the future of western warfare Geoffrey Parker.

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    Geoffrey Parker, Ohio State University
    Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at Ohio State University.


    Geoffrey Parker, Victor Davis Hanson, Bernard S. Bachrach, Christopher Allmand, John A. Lynn, Williamson A. Murray

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