The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece / Edition 2

The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece / Edition 2

by Victor Davis Hanson
     
 

The Greeks of the classical age invented not only the central idea of Western politics--that the power of state should be guided by a majority of its citizens--but also the central act of Western warfare, the decisive infantry battle. Instead of ambush, skirmish, or combat between individual heroes, the Greeks of the fifth century B.C. devised a ferocious, brief,

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The Greeks of the classical age invented not only the central idea of Western politics--that the power of state should be guided by a majority of its citizens--but also the central act of Western warfare, the decisive infantry battle. Instead of ambush, skirmish, or combat between individual heroes, the Greeks of the fifth century B.C. devised a ferocious, brief, and destructive head-on clash between armed men of all ages. In this bold, original study, Victor Davis Hanson shows how this brutal enterprise was dedicated to the same outcome as consensual government--an unequivocal, instant resolution to dispute. Linking this new style of fighting to the rise of constitutional government, Hanson raises new issues and questions old assumptions about the history of war. A new preface addresses recent scholarship on Greek warfare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520260092
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Edition description:
Second Edition, With a New Preface
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
764,936
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Introductionix
Prefacexv
Preface to the Second Editionxxiii
Chronological Tablexxxi
IThe Greeks and Modern Warfare
1Ordinary Things, Ordinary People3
2A Western Way of War9
3Not Strategy, Not Tactics19
4The Hoplite and His Phalanx: War in an Agricultural Society27
5Sources of Inquiry40
IIThe Ordeal of the Hoplite
6The Burden of Hoplite Arms and Armor55
7The Old Men89
8The Dread of Massed Attack96
IIIThe Triumph of Will
9A Soldier's General107
10Unit Spirit and Morale: The Origins of the Regimental System117
11Drink126
IVBattle!
12The Charge135
13A Collision of Men152
14Tears and Gaps160
15The Push and Collapse171
16Confusion, Misdirection, and Mob Violence185
VAftermath
17The Killing Field197
18The Wounded210
19Epilogue219
Abbreviations of Ancient Authors and their Works Used in this Book229
Select Bibliography231
Supplementary Bibliography235
Index251
Index Locorum261

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