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The Greeks of the classical age invented not only the central idea of Western politics--that the power of state should be guided by a majority of its citizens--but also the central act of Western warfare, the decisive infantry battle. Instead of ambush, skirmish, or combat between individual heroes, the Greeks of the fifth century B.C. devised a ferocious, brief, and destructive head-on clash between armed men of all ages. In this bold, original study, Victor Davis Hanson shows how this brutal enterprise was dedicated to the same outcome as consensual government--an unequivocal, instant resolution to dispute. Linking this new style of fighting to the rise of constitutional government, Hanson raises new issues and questions old assumptions about the history of war. A new preface addresses recent scholarship on Greek warfare.
Victor Davis Hanson is Professor of Classics at California State University, Fresno, and author or coauthor of many books, including A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War; Between War and Peace: Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq; Mexifornia: A State of Becoming; and The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War.
Table of Contents
|Preface to the 2009 Edition||p. xxiii|
|Chronological Table||p. xxxvii|
|The Greeks and Modern Warfare|
|Ordinary Things, Ordinary People||p. 3|
|A Western Way of War||p. 9|
|Not Strategy, Not Tactics||p. 19|
|The Hoplite and His Phalanx: War in an Agricultural Society||p. 27|
|Sources of Inquiry||p. 40|
|The Ordeal of the Hoplite|
|The Burden of Hoplite Arms and Armor||p. 55|
|The Old Men||p. 89|
|The Dread of Massed Attack||p. 96|
|The Triumph of Will|
|A Soldier's General||p. 107|
|Unit Spirit and Morale: The Origins of the Regimental System||p. 117|
|The Charge||p. 135|
|A Collision of Men||p. 152|
|Tears and Gaps||p. 160|
|The Push and Collapse||p. 171|
|Confusion, Misdirection, and Mob Violence||p. 185|
|The Killing Field||p. 197|
|The Wounded||p. 210|
|Abbreviations of Ancient Authors and their Works Used in this Book||p. 229|
|Select Bibliography||p. 231|
|Supplementary Bibliography||p. 235|
|Index Locorum||p. 261|
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