Carnage and Culture Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power

ISBN-10: 0385720386
ISBN-13: 9780385720380
Edition: 2001
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Description: Through depictions of historic battles, the author exposes the connection between the West's superiority on the battlefield and its rise to world dominance, including controversial arguments ignited by the recent words of various historians.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/27/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Through depictions of historic battles, the author exposes the connection between the West's superiority on the battlefield and its rise to world dominance, including controversial arguments ignited by the recent words of various historians.

Victor Davis Hanson is the military historian who is a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno. He has written several popular books on classic warfare, including "The Other Greeks", "Who Killed Homer?", & "The Western Way of War". He lives in Selma, California.

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Preface
Why the West Has Won
Enlightened Thugs
The Primacy of Battle
Ideas of the West
The Western Way of War
Creation
Freedom-or "To Live as You Please"
Salamis, September 28, 480 B.C.
The Drowned
The Achaemenids and Freedom
The Persian Wars and the Strategy of Salamis
The Battle
Eleutheria
The Legacy of Salamis
Decisive Battle
Gaugamela, October 1, 331 B.C.
Angles of Vision
The Macedonian Military Machine
Killing Spree
Decisive Battle and Western Warfare
Citizen Soldiers
Cannae, August 2, 216 B.C.
A Summer Slaughter
Hannibal's Jaws
Carthage and the West
Legions of Rome
The Idea of a Nation-in-Arms
"Rulers of the Entire World"-the Legacy of Civic Militarism
Continuity
Landed Infantry
Poitiers, October 11, 732
Horse Versus Foot
The Wall
The Hammer
Islam Ascendant
Dark Ages?
Infantry, Property, and Citizenship
Poitiers and Beyond
Technology and the Wages of Reason
Tenochtitl�n, June 24, 1520-August 13, 1521
The Battles for Mexico City
Aztec War
The Mind of the Conquistadors
Spanish Rationalism
Why Did the Castilians Win?
Reason and War
The Market-or Capitalism Kills
Lepanto, October 7, 1571
Galley War
Legends of Lepanto
Europe and the Ottomans
Capitalism, the Ottoman Economy, and Islam
War and the Market
Control
Discipline-or Warriors Are Not Always Soldiers
Rorke's Drift, January 22-23, 1879
Killing Fields
The Imperial Way
Zulu Power and Impotence
Courage Is Not Necessarily Discipline
Individualism
Midway, June 4-8, 1942
Floating Infernos
The Annihilation of the Devastators
The Imperial Fleet Moves Out
Western and Non-Western Japan
Spontaneity and Individual Initiative at Midway
Individualism in Western Warfare
Dissent and Self-Critique
Tet, January 31-April 6, 1968
Battles Against the Cities
Victory as Defeat
Aftermath
War amid Audit, Scrutiny, and Self-Critique
Epilogue
Western Warfare-Past and Future
The Hellenic Legacy
Other Battles?
The Singularity of Western Military Culture
The Continuity of Western Lethality
The West Versus the West?
Afterword
Carnage and Culture after September 11, 2001
Glossary for Further Reading
Index

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