The Resource The origins of war : from the Stone Age to Alexander the Great, Arther Ferrill

The origins of war : from the Stone Age to Alexander the Great, Arther Ferrill

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The origins of war : from the Stone Age to Alexander the Great
Title
The origins of war
Title remainder
from the Stone Age to Alexander the Great
Statement of responsibility
Arther Ferrill
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When did war begin? Archaeologist and historians have in the past been curiously reluctant to study the early history of organized warfare. Standard military accounts tend to start with the Graeco-Persian wars and to lay undue emphasis on the pre-eminence of Greek heavy infantry. But, as this strikingly original and entertaining book shows, the origins of war can be traced back, not to the Iron Age, or even to the Bronze Age, but to the emergence of settled life itself nearly 10,000 years ago. The military revolution that occurred at that time -the major new weapons, the massive fortifications, the creation of strategy and tactics -ultimately gave rise to the great war of machines of ancient Egypt, Assyria and Persia which dominated the Near East to the time of Alexander the Great. It is Professor Ferrill's thesis that in the period before Alexander there were two independent lines of military development, a Near Eastern one culminating in the expert integration of cavalry, skirmishers and light infantry, and a Greek one based on heavy infantry. When Philip and Alexander blended the two traditions in their crack Macedonian army, the result was a style of warfare that continued, despite technological changes, down to Napoleon. To prove his point, as a tailpiece Professor Ferril recreates the battle of Waterloo as if Alexander were in Napoleon's shoes, and concludes that it would have been a "near-run thing." Complete with detailed and copiously illustrated account of all the major battles on land and sea up to the fourth century BC, analysis of weapons from the sling to the catapult, and discussion of ancient strategy and tactics, this is a book for armchair historians everywhere.--Dust jacket flap
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ferrill, Arther
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
U29
LC item number
.F47 1985
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Military history, Ancient
  • Military art and science
  • Military art and science
  • Military history, Ancient
  • Oorlogvoering
  • Oudheid
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The origins of war : from the Stone Age to Alexander the Great, Arther Ferrill
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 233-235
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Prehistoric warfare -- Ancient Near Eastern warfare : the copper-bronze age -- Assyria and Persia : the age of iron -- Classical Greek warfare -- The military revolution -- Alexander the Great and the origins of modern war
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780500250938
Lccn
84051642
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)11929378
Label
The origins of war : from the Stone Age to Alexander the Great, Arther Ferrill
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 233-235
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prehistoric warfare -- Ancient Near Eastern warfare : the copper-bronze age -- Assyria and Persia : the age of iron -- Classical Greek warfare -- The military revolution -- Alexander the Great and the origins of modern war
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780500250938
Lccn
84051642
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)11929378

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