Bronze Age War Chariots (New Vanguard 119)

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Chariots, the first mobile fighting vehicle, seem to have originated in Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC. The highly mobile two-wheeled war chariot, carrying a driver and an archer armed with a short composite bow, revolutionized military tactics after 1700 BC. This expensive weapon spread throughout the Middle East and is thought to have reached Egypt with the conquering Hyksos. It spread into Asia Minor, Greece, and was known in Northern Europe by 1500 BC. This book covers the evolution of the war chariot...
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Overview

Chariots, the first mobile fighting vehicle, seem to have originated in Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC. The highly mobile two-wheeled war chariot, carrying a driver and an archer armed with a short composite bow, revolutionized military tactics after 1700 BC. This expensive weapon spread throughout the Middle East and is thought to have reached Egypt with the conquering Hyksos. It spread into Asia Minor, Greece, and was known in Northern Europe by 1500 BC. This book covers the evolution of the war chariot throughout the Bronze Age, detailing its design, development and combat history - in particular its fundamental involvement at the battle of Qadesh.
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Varying in length from about 50 to 100 pages, these new titles in four of Osprey's military history series are aimed at a popular audience. A common feature of all Osprey titles is abundant illustration, and the present items do not disappoint. In addition, two titles-Field's Bronze Age War Chariots and Chun's The Doolittle Raid 1942-stand out for their insightful analyses. In Bronze Age War Chariots, Fields (ancient history & archaeology, Univ. of Edinburgh; Troy c.1700-1250 B.C.) discusses the development and use of chariots from roughly 3100 to 1200 B.C.E., with emphasis on those used by Egyptians, Hittites, and Mycenaeans. His thoughtful and well-organized text also discusses the types of horses these cultures employed, as well as the strategies adopted for chariot use on the battlefield. Fields's Ancient Greek Fortifications, 500-300 B.C. begins with a discussion of the political situation in ancient Greece and proceeds to describe the fortifications the Greeks constructed. Quarrying processes and the types of materials used to build the works are detailed, and the book concludes with tales of sieges that took place at the sites considered and a brief section on the sites today. Shpakovsky (history, Penza Univ., Russia; Kalka River 1223: Genghiz Khan's Mongols Invade Russia, coauthored with Nicolle) and Nicolle (Medieval Warfare Source Book) have collaborated on Armies of Ivan the Terrible, which, in fact, covers not only that ruler's forces-Ivan IV created Russia's first paid regular army-but also those of his predecessors and immediate successors. The different types of troops and their equipment are vividly described. The text abounds with Russian terms, most of which are translated or explained, though a glossary would have been helpful. Although this title fulfills Osprey's aim of producing a descriptive popular source, it ends without any sort of conclusion. In contrast, Chun's book on the Doolittle Raid stands out as an excellent example of an insightful popular source in military history. Chun (distance education, U.S. Army War Coll.; U.S. Army in the Plains Indian Wars, 1865-1891) begins by explaining the political, diplomatic, and military situation leading up to the raid. The planning processes are detailed, all of the major officers on each side discussed, and charts showing chains of command included. Maps show the paths individual bombers took. The final chapters analyze the raid's aftermath and mention modern-day sites tied to the operation. All four of these titles are suitable for public libraries.-Matthew J. Wayman, Pennsylvania State Univ. Lib., Abington Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841769448
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/31/2006
  • Series: New Vanguard Series , #119
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines for seven years. Having left the Navy, he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School of Archaeology, Athens, and is now a lecturer in Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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