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

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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520260092
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 424,915
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Victor Davis Hanson is Professor of Classics at California State University, Fresno, and author and coauthor of many books, including The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Preface xv
Preface to the Second Edition xxiii
Chronological Table xxxi
I The Greeks and Modern Warfare
1 Ordinary Things, Ordinary People 3
2 A Western Way of War 9
3 Not Strategy, Not Tactics 19
4 The Hoplite and His Phalanx: War in an Agricultural Society 27
5 Sources of Inquiry 40
II The Ordeal of the Hoplite
6 The Burden of Hoplite Arms and Armor 55
7 The Old Men 89
8 The Dread of Massed Attack 96
III The Triumph of Will
9 A Soldier's General 107
10 Unit Spirit and Morale: The Origins of the Regimental System 117
11 Drink 126
IV Battle!
12 The Charge 135
13 A Collision of Men 152
14 Tears and Gaps 160
15 The Push and Collapse 171
16 Confusion, Misdirection, and Mob Violence 185
V Aftermath
17 The Killing Field 197
18 The Wounded 210
19 Epilogue 219
Abbreviations of Ancient Authors and their Works Used in this Book 229
Select Bibliography 231
Supplementary Bibliography 235
Index 251
Index Locorum 261
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