Experience of War

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"The history of war is the history of humankind," says Robert Cowley, founding editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and editor of Experience of War, a notable anthology of articles from the first four years of an unusual magazine. The 51 articles in Experience of War represent an extraordinary range of subject matter--from the latest theories about the origins of war to the way in which the recent Gulf crisis has altered its informal (but binding) rules. Experience of War recreates the feel of combat, whether it is the panic ...
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"The history of war is the history of humankind," says Robert Cowley, founding editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and editor of Experience of War, a notable anthology of articles from the first four years of an unusual magazine. The 51 articles in Experience of War represent an extraordinary range of subject matter--from the latest theories about the origins of war to the way in which the recent Gulf crisis has altered its informal (but binding) rules. Experience of War recreates the feel of combat, whether it is the panic of Roman soldiers trapped at Cannae, the edgy determination of British tunnelers at Ypres racing to blow up an underground mine before they themselves are blown up, or the impressions of Israeli pilots sweeping down on Egyptian airfields in the surprise strikes of 1967. Experience of War examines popular myths and legends. Did the Amazons actually exist? (Maybe.) Can the Great Wall of China be seen from the moon? (No.) It is filled with unexpected information: for instance, the Korean navy sailed the first ironclads, more than three centuries before the Monitor and the Merrimac. Its stories are as unusual as they are intriguing: the secret intelligence network that delivered the German naval codes to the British in 1915, Rod Serling and John Ford's Pentagon war games, and the truth about the battleship Potemkin will be revealed inside these covers. MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History has been in existence for only four years and already it has won prizes for its editorial excellence and praise for its scholarly content. Assembled here are some of the memorable articles from its pages, by such distinguished writers and military historians as John Keegan, James M. McPherson, Michael Howard, Geoffrey C. Ward, Paul Fussell, Ted Morgan, and William McNeill.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For the most part, the 51 pieces in this superb anthology, gathered from MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History , eschew battles and campaigns and concentrate on the less often considered manifestations of war. Adrienne Mayor and Josiah Ober explore the historical basis for the legend of the original female warrior, the Amazon. Neil Silberman argues that the mass suicide of Jewish Zealots at Masada may never have happened. David Quammen writes about the remarkable relationship between man and horse in war. Elihu Root reveals what really happened aboard the battleship Potemkin that turned a mutiny into a perfect metaphor for the 1905 Russian revolution. Charles Strozier discusses why Franklin Roosevelt deliberately misinterpreted U. S. Grant's policy of unconditional surrender. Other writers represented include James McPherson, Stephen W. Sears, John Keegan, Stephen Ambrose, Paul Fussell, Ronald Spector and Geoffrey Ward. Consistently informative and entertaining. BOMC and History Book Club selections. (June)
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This volume collects articles from the military history magazine MHQ , many of them battle narratives, but some on more abstract topics as well. One of the most interesting articles concerns the effect of America's unconditional surrender policy on the conduct of World War II, another explores lore surrounding the Amazons, mythical female warriors. The editor has done a good job of representing warfare from all historical periods and geographic areas. Most articles read very well (many contributors have written popular books of their own) and will appeal at least to the general reader who enjoys military topics. For all these merits, the book may not find a comfortable niche in all libraries. It seems a trifle fat for pleasure reading, particularly within the confines of a checkout period, and its usefulness for research is limited. A possibility for undergraduate and large public libraries, particularly those serving considerable populations of military retirees or base personnel.-- Fritz Buckallew, Univ. of Central Oklahoma Lib., Edmond
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440505532
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/4/1993
  • Pages: 592

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Credits
The Origins of War 3
Amazons 12
The Athenian Century 24
Alexander in India 33
Cannae 42
The Masada Myth 50
The Ineffable Union of Horse and Man 62
The First Crusade 71
The Life and Hard Times of the Crossbow 81
The Gunpowder Revolution 85
Apocalypse at Munster 93
The Great Wall of China 110
The Maiden Soldier of Picardy 122
Taking Up the Gun 127
George Washington, General 140
Berezina 151
Stalking the Nana Sahib 166
What Took the North So Long? 177
The Stonewall Enigma 187
The Last Word on the Lost Order 197
The Fiery Trail of the Alabama 211
Ulysses S. Grant's Final Victory 222
"The Man of Silence" 232
Crook and Miles, Fighting and Feuding on the Indian Frontier 242
The Kipkororor Chronicles 253
Mutiny on the Potemkin 267
Europe 1914 280
Albert and the Yser 292
The Wreck of the Magdeburg 306
Jutland 316
The Tunnels of Hill 60 336
FDR's Western Front Idyll 347
Gamblers on the Turkish Brink 363
Joint Plan RED 376
Guernica: Death in the Afternoon 385
"They Can't Realize the Change Aviation Has Made" 396
The Battle of Britain: How Did "the Few" Win? 408
From Light to Heavy Duty 422
The End in North Africa 430
Bill, Willie, and Joe 443
A Lousy Story 451
Conscripting the Queens 463
The Secrets of Overlord 472
When the Maquis Stood and Fought 481
Casey's German Gamble 492
The Tragedy of Unconditional Surrender 505
First Strike 519
A Very Long Night at Cam Lo 530
Twilight Zone at the Pentagon 541
"Thats Ocay XX Time Is on Our Side" 550
The Gulf Crisis and the Rules of War 565
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