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Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare (Geoffrey Parker) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2000) 9780521794312
Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare (Geoffrey Parker) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2000) 9780521794312
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Title: The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare

Author: Parker, Geoffrey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2000

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521794312

Volumes: 1; Pages: 416

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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare provides a unique account of Western warfare from antiquity to the present. The book treats all aspects of the subject from the Greeks to the nuclear age: the development of warfare on land, sea and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of war: who pays for it, how can its returns be measured, and to what extent does it explain the rise of the West to global dominance over two millennia? Geoffrey Parker is one of the world's leading authorities on military history and is the editor of The Times Atlas of World History (1993) and the author of The Military Revolution (Cambridge,1988).ContentsIntroduction Geoffrey ParkerPart I. The Age of Massed Infantry1. Genesis of the Infantry (600-350 B.C.) Victor Davis Hanson2. From Phalanx to Legion (350-250 B.C.)3. The Roman way of war (250 B.C.-A.D. 300)Part II. The Age of Stone Fortifications4. On Roman ramparts (300-1300) Bernard Bachrach5. New weapons, new tactics (1300-1500) Christopher Allmand6. The gunpowder revolution (1300-1500) Geoffrey ParkerPart III. The Age of Guns and Sails7. Ships of the line (1500-1650) Geoffrey Parker8. Conquest of the Americas (1500-1650) Patricia Seed9. Dynastic war (1494-1660) Geoffrey Parker10. States in conflict (1661-1763) John A. Lynn11. Nations in arms (1763-1815) John A LynnPart IV. The Age of Mechanized Warfare Williamson A. Murray12. The industrialization of war (1815-71)13. Towards World War (1871-1914)14. The West at War (1914-18)15. The world in conflict (1919-41)16. The World at War (1941-45)17. The Post-War World (1945-1995)Epilogue: the future of western warfare Geoffrey Parker.Reviews"... this book deserves close attention from the student of military affairs. ... The attractive volume makes imaginative use of diagrams, maps, and pictures, which serve far more than merely decorative purposes. In short, a valuable overview of the history of warfare, and a worthy companion of other fine one-volume surveys."--Foreign Affairs"Highly polished and well illustrated, this book is a comprehensive history of the Western (European) way of war, spanning ancient Greece to today's modern methods and policies of destruction. ... The text is superbly supported by numerous and handy sidebars providing details, insights, and anecdotes. ... Parker's conclusion is historically based and particularly chilling."--Library Journal"The volume's thesis, controversial for some, claims that it is the West's peculiar form of waging war that has led it to dominate so much of the globe. As the various essays in the book outline the development of war in the West, they very ably support that central thesis ... copious illustrations--especially the battle plans and reconstructions ... will be welcome reading to anyone who wants a broad overview of warfare." Bloomsbury Review
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