A compelling subject, war is common to almost all known societies and almost all periods of history. The Cambridge History of Warfare is a comprehensive account of war in the West. The combined effort of seven leading experts, this book treats the history of all aspects of the subject: the development of warfare on land, seas, and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence; mercenaries and standing armies; cavalry and infantry; chivalry and blitzkreig; guerrilla assault and nuclear warfare. It places in context particular key elements in the history of armed engagement, from the Greek victory at Marathon, through the advent of gunpower in medieval England and France, to the jungle warfare of Vietnam and the strategic air strikes of the Gulf War. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of military progress and how these help explain the rise of the West over the past two millenia to global military dominance.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)|
Table of Contents
Introduction: the western way of war Geoffrey Parker; Part I. The Age of Massed Infantry: 1. Genesis of infantry 600-350 BC Victor Davis Hanson; 2. From phalanx to legion 350-250 BC Victor Davis Hanson; 3. The Roman way of war 250 BC-AD 300 Victor Davis Hanson; Part II. The Age of Stone Fortifications: 4. On Roman ramparts 300-1300 Bernard S. Bachrach; 5. New weapons, new tactics 1300-1500 Christopher Allmand; 6. The gunpowder revolution 1300-1500 Geoffrey Parker; Part III. The Age of Guns and Sails: 7. Ships of the line 1500-1650 Geoffrey Parker; 8. Conquest of the Americas 1500-1650 Patricia Seed; 9. Dynastic war 1494-1660 Geoffrey Parker; 10. States in conflict 1661-1763 John A Lynn; 11. Nations in arms 1763-1815 John A. Lynn; Part IV. The Age of Mechanized Warfare: 12. The industrialization of war 1815-71 Williamson A. Murray; 13. Towards world war 1871-1914 Williamson A. Murray; 14. The west at war 1914-18 Williamson A. Murray; 15. The world in conflict 1919-41 Williamson A. Murray; 16. The world at war 1941-5 Williamson A. Murray; 17. The post-war world Williamson A. Murray; Epilogue: the future of western warfare Geoffrey Parker.