With Arrow, Sword, and Spear: A History of Warfare in the Ancient World
  • With Arrow, Sword, and Spear: A History of Warfare in the Ancient World
  • With Arrow, Sword, and Spear: A History of Warfare in the Ancient World

With Arrow, Sword, and Spear: A History of Warfare in the Ancient World

by Alfred S. Bradford, Pamela M. Bradford
     
 

This account analyzes ancient armies in terms of modern military doctrine, allowing the reader to make comparisons between the combatants. Recruitment, for example, varied tremendously with Romans drawing from a limited pool of recruits for service terms of twenty to thirty years and Chinese planners preferring a large pool with short-term service. While various…  See more details below

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This account analyzes ancient armies in terms of modern military doctrine, allowing the reader to make comparisons between the combatants. Recruitment, for example, varied tremendously with Romans drawing from a limited pool of recruits for service terms of twenty to thirty years and Chinese planners preferring a large pool with short-term service. While various types of governments prepared for and waged war in significantly different ways, Bradford finds that better organization led to success on the battlefield and that, for the most part, societal innovation was more important than technological innovation. The ongoing discussion of the lessons of ancient warfare around the globe will provide valuable insights for interested general readers and military professionals alike.

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Studying not only the histories of Greece and Rome, but also the Near East, Parthia, India and China, Bradford (U. of Oklahoma) explores the battles of the ancient world, following their changing relationships with the rise and fall of empires, the roles of leadership and technology, and the developments of strategy and tactics. He discusses the differences in the sociology of the groups at war, including recruitment and the various ways by which governments prepared for war, and argues that while technology (particularly the compound bow and the chariot) lead to some victories, it was more often the more organized and socially innovative force who found the ultimate victories. Heavily illustrated with maps and reproductions of art depicting ancient battles and warriors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760792575
Publisher:
Fall River Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

ALFRED S. BRADFORD is the John Saxon Professor of Ancient History at the University of Oklahoma. He served with the 1/27th Infantry in Vietnam. He has been a research assistant and a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

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