Ancient World at War A Global History

ISBN-10: 050025138X
ISBN-13: 9780500251386
Edition: 2008
Authors: Philip de Souza
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.894
Language: English

A global history of ancient warfare, covering Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, Central Asia, India, China, Korea, Japan, and the Americas. In this new survey of ancient warfare, a group of distinguished historians and archaeologists discusses major battles and wars from around the world. The book ranges in time from 8000 BC and the earliest evidence of warfare in northern Iraq to the armies of the Aztecs and Incas half a millennium ago, and includes Alexander the Great's triumphant campaigns against Persia in the fourth century BC, Caesar's Gallic Wars, the Han Chinese defeat of the nomadic Xiongnu horsemen, and the Inca ruler Atahualpa's last stand against Pizarro. The authors combine descriptions of the course of military events with expert analyses and explanations of the underlying social, economic, and cultural factors that shaped ancient warfare. Their essays survey the evolution of armies, tactics, and military equipment, from the strategic mastery evident in an early Chinese treatise on war by Sunzi to the rise of the Greek hoplite warrior and the development of swords and armor in ancient Japan. Special features cover key battles such as Qadesh, Issus, and Cannae; weaponry from shields to artillery; and visual resources such as Trajan's Column and the Terracotta Army. The rich illustrative material includes photographs, drawings, and specially commissioned 3-D battle reconstructions, maps, and plans. 351 illustrations, 150 in color. Contributions by: Elizabeth Arkush • Gina Barnes • Brian S. Bauer • Daniel Boatright • Robin Coningham • Jon Coulston • Hugh Elton • R. Brian Ferguson • Ross Hassig • Mark Manuel • Alan Peatfield • Charles A. Peterson • David Potter • Louis Rawlings • Nathan Rosenstein • Nicholas Sekunda • Ian Shaw • Joe Szymczak • Nigel Tallis • Hans van Wees

Introduction: The Terrible Tide of War
War Before History
Ancient Egyptian Warfare
Ancient Near Eastern Warfare
The Might of the Persian Empire
Minoan and Mycenaean Warfare
War in Archaic and Classical Greece
Alexander the Great and Hellenistic Warfare
Armies of the Roman Republic
Celtic and Iberian Warrior Cultures
Parthian and Sasanian Warfare
Imperial Homan Warfare
Home and the Barbarians
Central Asia from the Scythians to the Huns
Wahfare in Ancient South Asia
Warfare in Ancient China
Warfare in Early Korea and Japan
Mesoamerica from the Olmecs to the Aztecs
Ancient Warfare in the Andes
Further Reading
List of Contributors
Sources of Illustrations
Sources of Quotations
Index

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