Cambridge History of Warfare

ISBN-10: 0521618959
ISBN-13: 9780521618953
Edition: 2nd 2005
Authors: Geoffrey Parker
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Book details

List price: $30.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

A compelling subject, war is common to almost all known societies and almost all periods of history. The Cambridge History of Warfare is a comprehensive account of war in the West. The combined effort of seven leading experts, this book treats the history of all aspects of the subject: the development of warfare on land, seas, and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence; mercenaries and standing armies; cavalry and infantry; chivalry and blitzkreig; guerrilla assault and nuclear warfare. It places in context particular key elements in the history of armed engagement, from the Greek victory at Marathon, through the advent of gunpower in medieval England and France, to the jungle warfare of Vietnam and the strategic air strikes of the Gulf War. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of military progress and how these help explain the rise of the West over the past two millenia to global military dominance.

Geoffrey Parker is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books. He is Andreas Dorpelan Professor of History at Ohio State University.

Preface
Introduction: The Western Way of War
The Age of Massed Infantry
Genesis of the Infantry 600-350 Bc
From Phalanx to Legion 350-250 Bc
The Roman Way of War 250 Bc-Ad 300
The Age of Stone Fortifications
On Roman Ramparts 300-1300
New Weapons, New Tactics 1300-1500
The Gunpowder Revolution 1300-1500
The Age of Guns and Sails
Ships of the Line 1500-1650
The Conquest of the Americas 1500-1650
Dynastic War 1494-1660
States in Conflict 1661-1763
Nations in Arms 1763-1815
The Age of Mechanized Warfare
The Industrialization of War 1815-1871
Towards World War 1871-1914
The West at War 1914-1918
The World in Conflict 1919-1941
The World at War 1941-1945
The Post-War World 1945-2004
Epilogue: The Future of Western Warfare
Reference Guide
Chronology
Glossary
Bibliography
The Contributors
Notes

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