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The Cambridge History of Warfare

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Geoffrey Parker, Victor Davis Hanson, Bernard S. Bachrach, Christopher Allmand, John A. Lynn, Williamson A. Murray
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  • Date Published: August 2005
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521618953
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  • A compelling subject, war is common to almost all known societies and almost all periods of history. The Cambridge History of Warfare is a comprehensive account of war in the West. The combined effort of seven leading experts, this book treats the history of all aspects of the subject: the development of warfare on land, seas, and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence; mercenaries and standing armies; cavalry and infantry; chivalry and blitzkreig; guerrilla assault and nuclear warfare. It places in context particular key elements in the history of armed engagement, from the Greek victory at Marathon, through the advent of gunpower in medieval England and France, to the jungle warfare of Vietnam and the strategic air strikes of the Gulf War. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of military progress and how these help explain the rise of the West over the past two millenia to global military dominance.

    • 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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    "Here is the story of war as the driving force in the rise of the West from the Greeks to our own day. Written by some of the world's leading experts in military history, this remarkable book combines scholarship with style. Without pulling any punches about the misery of the battlefield, it makes the case for the centrality of warfare in the history of the West and the world. Rarely has so much learning, lucidity, and wisdom been found between two covers."
    -Barry Strauss, Cornell University, and author of The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece--and Western Civilization

    "This is, simply, the best survey of the history of warfare in half a century. It explains what the Western way of war is, whence it came, and how it dominated the planet down to the present day. The product of the collaboration of some of the best military historians now writing, it offers judgments as well as a compelling narrative, an argument as well as a story. There can be no better introduction to the study of military history."
    -Eliot A. Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

    "This is a thought-provoking, enjoyable book to read and a good one to have on hand for reference."
    -Air Power

    "...Parker and his collaborators have produced an impressive and immensely useful survey, within which are invaluable--not least because they are concise, clearly written and very readable--surveys of major conflicts. In addition, the contributions of the various authors are made to fit into a coherent overall pattern or thesis. The volume will no doubt--and deserves to--find a large market among those seeking among other things to set recent conflicts, and developments in the ways of war, into historical context."
    -H-German, Christopher Storrs, Department of History, University of Dundee, United Kingdom

    “…exceptional…beautifully illustrated…A highly readable book, and an interesting one, both for the expert and the amateur enthusiast. A must for college libraries.” - U.S.I. Journal

    “This is an attractive book. The numerous illustrations are marvelous and are integrated well with the text.” -Journal of World History

    “This book deserves close attention from the student of military afairs…a valuable overview of the history of warfare…” -Foreign Affairs

    “...this is a well-written and handsomely-presented volume…the illustrations are pertinent, and the captions interesting…the range of scholarship is impressive…and it has all been pulled together by the finest military historian currently writing, who has also contributed several important sections.” -History in Focus

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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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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521618953
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 138 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.588kg
    • contains: 20 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • 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.

  • Editor

    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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