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Overview


World History of Warfare covers worldwide military history from ancient times to the present and is designed as a textbook for college courses. Its principal theme is an exploration of change and continuity, revolution and tradition, in three thousand years of warfare. It teaches students and general readers how warfare evolved and how that evolution affected human society, with emphasis on major turning points in the conduct of warfare rather than a superficial general history of wars.

Although the volume addresses traditional subjects such as generals and tactics, each chapter also includes discussion of the idea of war, the role of the common soldier, and the changing interpretations of the military’s place in society and politics. Of special value is the authors’ treatment of non-Western societies and the role that military forces have played in shaping societies worldwide.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A captivating account of how ancient empires and modern nations advanced their civilizations through the evolution of warfare. Very well written, this book is an excellent source for the average reader as well as the student of military history."—Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes

— Tim Boxer

Air Power History

"An outstanding reading text on the history of warfare from its origins to the twenty-first century. More than a description of past key events and turning points, it is a rewriting of this history articulating the concept of change."—Air Power History
Jeffrey Grey

"This book provides a wide-ranging and comprehensive coverage of warfare across time and cultures. Its main strengths are its ability to provide context for each period discussed, comparison between developments in Europe, Asia, and the colonized world, and critical and up-to-date bibliographies that allow the reader to pursue subjects in greater depth."—Jeffrey Grey, author of The Australian Centenary History of Defence
Dennis Showalter

"At last general-audience military history has a worthy successor to Theodore Ropp's classic War in the Modern World. This well-written, well-reasoned volume seamlessly blends the expertise of its four authors in a critical analysis of war from its beginning to the present. Well suited for course adoption, it belongs on the bookshelves of anyone interested in the phenomenon of human conflict."—Dennis Showalter, past president, Society of Military History
15 Minutes - Tim Boxer

"A captivating account of how ancient empires and modern nations advanced their civilizations through the evolution of warfare. Very well written, this book is an excellent source for the average reader as well as the student of military history."—Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803244238
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 626
  • Sales rank: 1,269,966
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author


All four authors are professors of history at the University of Calgary. Christon I. Archer is the editor of The Birth of Modern Mexico, 1780–1824. John R. Ferris is the author of Intelligence and Strategy, Selected Essays. Holger H. Herwig is the coauthor of The Grand Illusion: The Prussianization of the Chilean Army (Nebraska 1999) and of Christmas in Washington. Timothy H. E. Travers is now a professor emeritus and the author of Gallipoli 1915.
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