The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare

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by Geoffrey Parker
     
 

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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare provides a unique account of Western warfare from antiquity to the present. The book treats all aspects of the subject from the Greeks to the nuclear age: the development of warfare on land, sea and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the

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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare provides a unique account of Western warfare from antiquity to the present. The book treats all aspects of the subject from the Greeks to the nuclear age: the development of warfare on land, sea and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of war: who pays for it, how can its returns be measured, and to what extent does it explain the rise of the West to global dominance over two millennia? Geoffrey Parker is one of the world's leading authorities on military history and is the editor of The Times Atlas of World History (1993) and the author of The Military Revolution (Cambridge,1988).

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"...this book deserves close attention from the student of military affairs....The attractive volume makes imaginative use of diagrams, maps, and pictures, which serve far more than merely decorative purposes. In short, a valuable overview of the history of warfare, and a worthy companion of other fine one-volume surveys." Foreign Affairs

"Highly polished and well illustrated, this book is a comprehensive history of the Western (European) way of war, spanning ancient Greece to today's modern methods and policies of destruction....The text is superbly supported by numerous and handy sidebars providing details, insights, and anecdotes....Parker's conclusion is historically based and particularly chilling." Library Journal

"The volume's thesis, controversial for some, claims that it is the West's peculiar form of waging war that has led it to dominate so much of the globe. As the various essays in the book outline the development of war in the West, they very ably support that central thesis....copious illustrations--especially the battle plans and reconstructions....will be welcome reading to anyone who wants a broad overview of warfare." Bloomsbury Review

Foreign Affairs
…this book deserves close attention from the student of military affairs…The attractive volume makes imaginative use of diagrams, maps, and pictures, which serve far more than merely decorative purposes. In short, a valuable overview of the history of warfare and a worthy companion of other fine one volume surveys.
Bloomsbury Review
The volume's thesis, controversial for some, claims that it is the West's peculiar form of waging war that has led it to dominate so much of the globe. As the various essays in the book outline the development of war in the West, they very ably support that central thesis…copious illustrations—especially the battle plans and reconstructions…will be welcome reading to anyone who wants a broad overview of warfare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521794312
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Cambridge Illustrated Histories Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
7.99(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at the Ohio State University. He is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road, 1567-1659 (second edition, Cambridge, 2004) and The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 (second edition, Cambridge, 2001).

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