Ripples of Battle How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think

ISBN-10: 0385721943

ISBN-13: 9780385721943

Edition: 2003

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Description: The effects of war refuse to remain local: they persist through the centuries, sometimes in unlikely ways far removed from the military arena. In Ripples of Battle, the acclaimed historian Victor Davis Hanson weaves wide-ranging military and cultural history with his unparalleled gift for battle narrative as he illuminates the centrality of war in the human experience. The Athenian defeat at Delium in 424 BC brought tactical innovations to infantry fighting; it also assured the influence of the philosophy of Socrates, who fought well in the battle. Nearly twenty-three hundred years later, the carnage at Shiloh and the death of the brilliant Southern strategist Albert Sidney Johnson inspired a sense of fateful tragedy that would endure and stymie Southern culture for decades. The Northern victory would also bolster the reputation of William Tecumseh Sherman, and inspire Lew Wallace to pen the classic Ben Hur. And, perhaps most resonant for our time, the agony of Okinawa spurred the Japanese toward state-sanctioned suicide missions, a tactic so uncompromising and subversive, it haunts our view of non-Western combatants to this day.

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/12/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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.

List of Maps Introduction
The Wages of Suicide: Okinawa, April 1-July 2, 1945 Recipe for a Holocaust The Laboratory of Suicide Divine Wind The Military Lessons Epilogue: The Men of Okinawa
Shiloh's Ghosts, April 6-7, 1862 Morning: The Birth of Uncle Billy Afternoon: The Myth of the Lost Opportunity Evening:Ben-Hur Night: The Klansman Postmortem
The Culture of Delium, November 424 B.C. The Battle Euripides and the Rotting Dead Thespian Tragedies The Faces of Delium Socrates Slain?
Beauty from the Dead The Birth of Tactics What Was Delium?
Epilogue: The Imprint of Battle Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index
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