Overview

This ambitious and innovative book sets out to establish a new understanding of human aggression and conflict in the distant past. Examining the evidence of warfare in prehistoric times and in the early historical period, John Carman and Anthony Harding throw fresh light on the motives and methods of the combatants. This study marks a significant new step in this fascinating and neglected subject, and sets the agenda for many years to come. By integrating archaeological and documentary research, the contributors ...
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Ancient Warfare

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Overview

This ambitious and innovative book sets out to establish a new understanding of human aggression and conflict in the distant past. Examining the evidence of warfare in prehistoric times and in the early historical period, John Carman and Anthony Harding throw fresh light on the motives and methods of the combatants. This study marks a significant new step in this fascinating and neglected subject, and sets the agenda for many years to come. By integrating archaeological and documentary research, the contributors seek to explain why some sides gained and others lost in battle and examine the impact of warfare on the social and political developments of early chiefdoms and states. Their conclusions suggest a new interpretation of the evolution of warfare from the Stone Age and the Bronze Age, through the military practice of the Ancient Greeks and the Romans, to the conflicts of the Anglo-Saxons and of medieval Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752495217
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 849,481
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii
1 Introduction 1
2 The origins of war and ethnic violence 11
3 Biosocial and bioarchaeological aspects of conflict and warfare 25
4 Beyond the Western way of war: ancient battlefields in comparative perspective 39
5 Stone Age warfare 57
6 War and peace in prehistoric Eastern Europe 73
7 Neolithic enclosures in Greek Macedonia: violent and non-violent aspects of territorial demarcation 89
8 The origins of warfare in the prehistory of Central and Eastern Europe 101
9 The origins of warfare in the British Isles 143
10 Warfare: a defining characteristic of Bronze Age Europe? 157
11 The emergence of warrior aristocracies in later European prehistory and their long-term history 175
12 Into the Iron Age: a discourse on war and society 191
13 Hoplite obliteration: the case of the town of Thespiae 203
14 The elusive warrior maiden tradition--bearing weapons in Anglo-Saxon society 219
15 Epilogue: the future study of ancient warfare 249
Bibliography 255
Index 277
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