Art of War in World History From Antiquity to the Nuclear Age

ISBN-10: 0520079647
ISBN-13: 9780520079649
Edition: 1994
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List price: $57.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/7/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1116
Size: 6.69" wide x 9.45" long x 2.36" tall
Weight: 4.4
Language: English

This engrossing anthology gathers together a remarkable collection of writings on the use of strategy in war. Geacute;rard Chaliand has ranged over the whole of human history in assembling this collection--the result is an integration of the annals of military thought that provides a learned framework for understanding global political history. Included are writings from ancient and modern Europe, China, Byzantium, the Arab world, Persia, and the Ottoman Empire. Alongside well-known militarists such as Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Walter Raleigh, Rommel, and many others are "irregulars" such as Corteacute;s, Lawrence of Arabia, and even Gandhi. Contrary to standard interpretations stressing competition between land and sea powers, or among rival Christian societies, Chaliand shows the great importance of the struggles between nomadic and sedentary peoples, and of the conflicts between Christianity and Islam. With the invention of firepower, a relatively recent occurrence in the history of warfare, modes of organization and strategic concepts--elements reflecting the nature of a society--have been key to how war is waged. Unparalleled in its breadth, this anthology will become the standard work for understanding a fundamental part of human history--the conduct of war. "This anthology is not only an unparalleled corpus of information and an aid to failing memory; it is also and above all a reliable and liberating guide for research. . . . Ranging "from the origins to the nuclear age," it compels us to widen our narrow perspectives on conflicts and strategic action and open ourselves up to the universal."--from the Foreword

List of maps
Foreword
Preface to the American edition
Preliminary Note
Warfare and Strategic Cultures in History
The Ancient Near East
The Kadesh Inscription (c. 1295 B.C.): The Battle of Kadesh
Deuteronomy (eight-sixth centuries B.C.): The Conduct of War
The Dead Sea Scrolls (first century B.C.?): The War Rule
Greece and Rome
The Dispute over Corcyra
Pericles' Reply to the Spartan Ultimatum
The Expedition of Cyrus
The Duties of a Cavalry Commander
The Battle of Lake Trasimene
The Battle of Cannae
The Siege of Massilia
The Battle of Pharsalus
Guerrilla Warfare
The Organization of the Roman Army
The General
An Absolute Disaster
War and the Germans
Germanicus's Campaigns on the Rhine
The Battle of Issus
The Battle of Gaugamela
The War against Porus
The Battle of Actium
Dispositions for Action
China
The Art of War
The Book of Lord Shang
Lord Shang
Tien Tan
Lien Po and Lin Hsiang-ju
Chang Liang, Marquis of Liu
The Marquis of Huai-yin (Han Hsin)
India
The Six-fold Policy
The Work of an Invader
Concerning a Powerful Enemy
Strategic Means to Capture a Fortress
Byzantium
The Persian War
The Gothic War
Strategy
Tactics
The Use of Greek Fire against the Rus
The Fall of Constantinople
The Arab World
The Koran (seventh century): On Holy War
Sayings Ascribed to the Prophet
Saying Ascribed to the Prophet
Abu Bakr on the Rules of War
Conquest
The Battle of Kadisaya
The Battle of Karbala'
The Battle of Hittin
The Fall of Acre
Principles of War
Bedouins and Sedentary People
The Admiralty
Methods of Waging War Practiced by the Various Nations
Persia
On Giving Battle to an Enemy
The Art of Controlling an Armed Force
The Book of Government
Conduct of War, Conduct of Battle
The Use of War
The Rules of War and Bravery
On War
The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Chronicle (fourteenth century): The Origin of the Janissaries
The Sultan in the Field
Mongolia and Central Asia
The Coming of the Mongols
How Mongols Fight
How to Fight Mongols
The Mongols in Iran
The Conquest of Dehli
The Conquest of Hindustan
Limited Wars in the West
The Battle of Crecy
The Siege of Tenochtitlan
The Capture of Atahuallpa
Of Different Kinds of Troops
The Art of War
War and Political Strategy
On the Object of War and the Use of Victory
The Perfection of the French Artillery
Sea Warfare and the Defense of England
The Destruction of the Spanish Armada
On Sea Power
General Rules or Maxims for Attacking a Fortress
Treatise on the Attack and Defense of Fortresses
Military Considerations
On Column Order
On Defensive War
On Mountain War
"Testament"
Reveries on the Art of War
Military Instructions for the Generals
Armies, Ancient and Modern
Introduction to the Essai general de tactique
The Age of Total Wars
On the Defense of Fortified Places
To Michaud, Commander of the Army of the Rhine
The Current Campaign on the Northern Frontiers
The Trafalgar Memorandum
Two Letters
Maxims (1)
Maxims (2)
Geopolitics (from the memoirs of Las Cases)
On Guerrilla Warfare
Why Partisan War Suits Russia
On Partisans and Irregular Forces
On the Nature of War
Statesmanship in Its Relation to War
Strategy
Strategic Combinations
Epitome of Strategy
On Pacification
The Zulu Army (from the diary of Henry Francis Fynn)
Confidence, the Soul of Victory
The March to the Sea
On Strategy
The Spirit of Resistance
Erosion by the Waves of Popular Warfare
War to the Knife
The Spatial Growth of States
The Sea and Sea-going Peoples
Naval Strategy
The Nation in Arms
The Conquest of Madagascar
Present-day War
Counterinsurgency
The Geographical Pivot of History
The Round World and the Winning of the Peace
Strategical Terms and Definitions
On War of Today
The New Conditions of War
Principles of War
Advice of an Onlooker
The Armored Train
Guerrilla Warfare
Command of the Air
The Aeronautical Era
The War Object of an Air Force
On Street Fighting
Counterinsurgency
Mounting Threats
Tank Warfare
The Strategy of Indirect Approach
The Significance and Limits of Geography
The Army of the Future
"Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat"
War and Colonization in the East
Proclamation to the German People
Tank Attack
Rules of Desert Warfare
The Challenge to America
Heartland and Rimland
The Way of Nonviolence
Strategy in China's Revolutionary War
The Nuclear Era
War in the Atomic Age
The Delicate Balance of Terror
The Diplomacy of Violence
Indirect Strategy in the Nuclear Age
Defense Policy and Strategy
Elements of a Theory of Crisis
The Social Dimension of Strategy
Principal subjects covered

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