World History of Warfare

Christon I. Archer
U of Nebraska Press, 1 jan. 2002 - 626 pagina's
World History of Warfare is designed as a textbook for introductory college courses in military history. The text covers worldwide military history from ancient times to the present. Its principal theme is an exploration of change and continuity, revolution and tradition, in three thousand years of warfare. The work teaches students and general readers how warfare evolved and how that evolution affected human society, with emphasis on major turning points in the conduct of warfare rather than a superficial general history of wars.

This volume addresses traditional subjects such as generals and tactics, but each chapter also includes discussions of the idea of war, the role of the common soldier, and the changing interpretations of the military's place in society and politics. Of special value is the authors' treatment of non-Western societies. Too often military history has meant the study of warfare in England, France, and Germany, especially as it was shaped by the Napoleonic conflicts. In contrast, the authors of this volume examine the role that military forces have played in shaping societies worldwide.


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Archer, John Ferris, Holger Herwig, and Timothy Travers (all professors of history at Univ. of Calgary) have designed this work as a text for introductory college courses in military history. It is ... Volledige review lezen

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Warfare of the Ancient Empires
2 War and Society in the Classical West
3 Migrations and invasions
European Chivalry and the Rise of Islam
5 Eastern Styles of Warfare
5 The Age of Gunpowder and Sail
7 New Signs of Total War
Absolutism and War
The Revolutionary Era
The Beginnings of Industrial Warfare
The West Conquers the World
TwentiethCentury Militarisms and Technological Warfare
Third World Wars
The Future of War and Peace

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Over de auteur (2002)

All four authors are professors of history at the University of Calgary. Christon I. Archer is the editor of The Wars of Independence in Spanish America. John R. Ferris is the author of The Evolution of British Strategic Policy, 1919-1926. Holger H. Herwig is a coauthor of The Grand Illusion: The Prussianization of the Chilean Army (Nebraska 1999). Timothy H. E. Travers is the author of Gallipoli 1915.

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