Art of War

ISBN-10: 030681076X

ISBN-13: 9780306810763

Edition: 2001 (Revised)

Authors: Niccol� Machiavelli, Ellis Farneworth

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This is a fundamental work by the political and military theorist Niccolo Machiavelli. Its pages outline questions that theorists of war continue to examine, making it useful reading for any student of military history, strategy, or theory.
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. He was a political philosopher, statesman, and court advisor. Starting out as a clerk, he quickly rose in the ranks because he understood balance of power issues involved in many of his diplomatic missions. His political pursuits quickly ended after he was imprisoned by the Medici family. He is best known for The Prince, his guide to power attainment and cutthroat leadership. He also wrote poetry and plays, including a comedy named Mandragola. He died on June 21, 1527 at the age of 58.

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In Cosimo Rucellai's garden, Fabrizio Colonna starts discussing the art of war
Imitation of the ancients
Honest men should not make war their sole profession
No prince or republic should allow citizens to make war their sole profession
Where the best soldiers are to be found
Should they be recruited from urban or rural areas
Pros and cons of a militia
What sort of men should be in an army
How the Romans raised their legions
Should a militia be large or small
Preventing disorders militias may occasion
Raising and paying a cavalry
The ancients' arms and armor
Contemporary arms and armor; the pike
Which arming methods are better
Arming the infantry; necessity for cavalry
Which is the more dependable
Ancient and contemporary drills
Forming a regiment; its battalions and companies
Three principal means of arranging battalions in battle formation
Regrouping a battalion and making it face about
Formation for a lateral attack
Forming a winged and hollow-square battalion
A battalion's baggage, officers, and music
Digression on military virtue and its rarity today
Number of cavalry necessary for a regiment
Roman battle formation
Macedonian, Roman, and Swiss formations
Advisability of combining Greek and Roman methods
Number of men in Roman army
Recommendation for drawing up a regiment or army
Description of a mock battle
Reasons for its various maneuvers
Army's general exercises
Precautions and devices useful in drawing up an army, during action, and after battle
Two other formations
When a general should engage
Rules generals should observe
Avoiding battles
Inspiring and calming an army
Utility of religion in an army
Making men fight
Roman and contemporary means for marching through enemy territory
Forming and defending an army in battle formation
Giving commands
Provisioning an army
Dividing spoils
Avoiding ambushes
A general's familiarity with terrain: necessity for; means of acquiring
Other marching precautions
Fording a river; avoiding battle while so doing
Avoiding enemy traps in passes
How Greeks and Romans chose camp sites
Setting up camp
Guarding a camp
Ancient military justice
Ancient regulations: women and gambling
Striking camp
Other considerations ancients used in choosing camp sites
Providing against famine
Encamping 2 to 4 regiments
Number of men needed to engage
How some generals escaped an enemy
Creating dissension in enemy ranks
Suppressing mutiny and discord
Advisability of letting the enemy become despondent
Securing a town suspected of disloyalty
Fighting in winter
Building and fortifying towns
Defending a besieged town
Advice to besieged and besieger
Trusting appearances
Drawing out a besieged garrison
Corrupting and suprising a town
Guarding a besieged town
Communicating with the outside
Repairing and defending a breach
Mines and subterranean passages
Not dividing your men
Exposure to an assault
General rules of military discipline
Obtaining sufficient horses
New devices and the general's use
Dedicatory Epistle to Elizabeth I
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