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Western Way of War Infantry Battle in Classical Greece

ISBN-10: 0520260090
ISBN-13: 9780520260092
Edition: 2nd
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 303
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

The Greeks of the classical age invented not only the central idea of Western politics--that the power of state should be guided by a majority of its citizens--but also the central act of Western warfare, the decisive infantry battle. Instead of ambush, skirmish, or combat between individual heroes, the Greeks of the fifth century B.C. devised a ferocious, brief, and destructive head-on clash between armed men of all ages. In this bold, original study, Victor Davis Hanson shows how this brutal enterprise was dedicated to the same outcome as consensual government--an unequivocal, instant resolution to dispute. Linking this new style of fighting to the rise of constitutional government, Hanson raises new issues and questions old assumptions about the history of war. A new preface addresses recent scholarship on Greek warfare.

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.

Introduction
Preface
Preface to the 2009 Edition
Chronological Table
The Greeks and Modern Warfare
Ordinary Things, Ordinary People
A Western Way of War
Not Strategy, Not Tactics
The Hoplite and His Phalanx: War in an Agricultural Society
Sources of Inquiry
The Ordeal of the Hoplite
The Burden of Hoplite Arms and Armor
The Old Men
The Dread of Massed Attack
The Triumph of Will
A Soldier's General
Unit Spirit and Morale: The Origins of the Regimental System
Drink
Battle!
The Charge
A Collision of Men
Tears and Gaps
The Push and Collapse
Confusion, Misdirection, and Mob Violence
Aftermath
The Killing Field
The Wounded
Epilogue
Abbreviations of Ancient Authors and their Works Used in this Book
Select Bibliography
Supplementary Bibliography
Index
Index Locorum

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