THE CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF WARFARE GEOFFREY PARKER PDF

I have never had my arm muscles ache as much as with this page book! Ok, on to content. Warfare is a comprehensive look at the way men have gone to battle since the rise of the West in ancient Greece. Using detailed diagrams when necessary, the reader can see how manpower was deployed and how weapons were used. Particularly interesting to me First a pet peeve - why is it necessary to make a book glossy from cover to cover forcing the reader to heft over 3 pounds every time he or she reads it? Particularly interesting to me were the diagrams of the Greek phalanx and the Roman centuries, examples of the discipline and technique that along with technology helped the West to defeat opponents.

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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.

Review " The attractive volume makes imaginative use of diagrams, maps, and pictures, which serve far more han merely decorative purposes. In short, a valuable overview of the history of warfare, and a worthy companion of other fine one-volume surveys.

The text is superbly supported by numerous and handy sidebars providing details, insights, and anecdotes As the various essays in the book outline the development of war in the West, they very ably support that central thesis Without pulling any punches about the misery of the battlefield, it makes the case for the centrality of warfare in the history of the West and the world.

Rarely has so much learning, lucidity, and wisdom been found between two covers. It explains what the Western way of war is, whence it came, and how it dominated the planet down to the present day.

The product of the collaboration of some of the best military historians now writing, it offers judgments as well as a compelling narrative, an argument as well as a story. There can be no better introduction to the study of military history.

Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies Review "This is a thought-provoking, enjoyable book to read and a good one to have on hand for reference. Parker and his collaborators have produced an impressive and immensely useful survey, within which are invaluable--not least because they are concise, clearly written and very readable--surveys of major conflicts. In addition, the contributions of the various authors are made to fit into a coherent overall pattern or thesis.

The volume will no doubt--and deserves to--find a large market among those seeking among other things to set recent conflicts, and developments in the ways of war, into historical context.

A highly readable book, and an interesting one, both for the expert and the amateur enthusiast. A must for college libraries. Journal Review "This is an attractive book. The numerous illustrations are marvelous and are integrated well with the text. Synopsis War is a compelling subject, common to almost all societies throughout history.

This book provides a detailed account of war in the West from antiquity to the present, and is unique because of its controversial thesis that war in western societies has led to western dominance of the globe.

Synopsis War is a compelling subject. It is common to almost all known societies and periods of history. The Cambridge History of Warfare provides a detailed account of war in the West from antiquity to the present day, and is unique because of its controversial thesis that war in western societies has followed a unique path leading to western dominance of the globe. The Cambridge History of warfare is essential reading for military enthusiasts, for everyone with an interest in battles, campaigns, strategies, and fighting techniques which have--for better or worse--shaped our world.

The Age of Massed Infantry: 1. The Age of Stone Fortifications: 4. On Roman ramparts Bernard S. Bachrach; 5. New weapons, new tactics Christopher Allmand; 6. The Age of Guns and Sails: 7. Ships of the line Geoffrey Parker; 8. Conquest of the Americas Patricia Seed; 9. Dynastic war Geoffrey Parker; States in conflict John A Lynn; Nations in arms John A. Lynn; Part IV. The Age of Mechanized Warfare: The industrialization of war Williamson A.

Murray; Towards world war Williamson A. The west at war Williamson A. The world in conflict Williamson A. The world at war Williamson A. The post-war world Williamson A. Murray; Epilogue: the future of western warfare Geoffrey Parker.

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