The Great Battles of Antiquity: A Strategic and Tactical Guide to Great Battles that Shaped the Development of War

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The Great Captains frequently looked to crucial battles to learn lessons that they themselves employed. While the battles of antiquity have often been examined, Western generals looked to the wars of the Greeks and the Romans, the Chinese to their own campaigns, and so on. Never before have military leaders and other students of military history had the benefit of a systematic look at the key battles throughout the ancient world. In this volume, Gabriel and Boose examine the 31 wars, campaigns or battles from Megiddo (1479 B.C.) to the fall of Constantinople (A.D. 1453) that had the greatest impact on the ancient world, stretching from the Mediterranean through the Middle East to Japan and Korea.

Beginning with Megiddo, the first battle in history for which there is a relatively detailed account of strategy and tactics, Gabriel and Boose provide a systematic survey of major battles, wars, and campaigns. Each analysis begins with the Strategic Setting, which places events within the larger political and strategic context; then looks to The Antagonists, providing a comparative look at each army, its equipment, tactics, weaponry, logistics, style of combat leadership, and doctrine to assess its major strengths and weaknesses. The authors then examine The Battle, offering a detailed account of the struggle complete with maps and charts to clarify the analysis of what happened on the battlefield. The final section, Lessons of War, dissects each battle for its successes and failures that are particularly relevant to the development and conduct of war in the modern age. Each survey ends with a bibliography of key sources for further reading. This volume is designed to be an invaluable reference source for military historians and professionals as well as the general reader.

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The authors examine 31 wars, battles, or campaigns from Meggido 1479 B.C. to the fall of Constantinople A.D. 1453 that had the greatest impact on the ancient world, stretching from the Mediterranean through the Middle East to Japan and Korea. Each analysis begins with the Stategic Setting; then looks to The Antagonists; then examines The Battle; and finally, in Lessons of War, dissects each battle for its successes and failures that are particularly relevant to the development and conduct of war in the modern age. Each survey concludes with a bibliography of key sources for further reading. Includes numerous maps, some other illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313289309
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/1994
  • Pages: 744
  • Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD A. GABRIEL is Professor of Politics and History at the U.S. Army War College, where he teaches Ancient Military History.

DONALD W. BOOSE, JR., is a combat veteran who spent much of his 30 year military career in Korea and Japan.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 War in the Ancient World 1
2 Megiddo 39
3 Kadesh 63
4 Sargon II's Urartu Campaign 89
5 The Greek Way of War: Marathon, Leuctra, Chaeronea 121
6 The Chinese Way of War: Chengpu, Guiling, Jingxing 173
7 The Campaigns of Alexander: Granicus, Issus, Gaugamela, Hydaspes 217
8 The Campaigns of Hannibal: Trebia, Trasimene, Cannae, Zama 279
9 Cynoscephalae 319
10 Caesar's Campaigns: Alesia, Dyrrachium, Pharsalus 343
11 Teutoburg Forest 397
12 Adrianople 429
13 The Korean Way of War: Salsu River 461
14 Hastings 489
15 The Mongols: Sajo River 521
16 The Japanese Way of War: Ichinotani, Kyushu 561
17 The Swiss Way of War: Morgarten, Laupen, Sempach 611
18 The Siege of Constantinople 643
19 The Legacy of the Ancients 685
Index 689
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