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Now available in a revised and updated version, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare provides a unique account of Western warfare from antiquity to the present day. The book treats the history of all aspects of the subject: the development of warfare on land, sea and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defence; discipline and intelligence; mercenaries and standing armies; cavalry and infantry; chivalry and Blitzkrieg; guerilla assault and nuclear arsenals. It places in context particular key events in the history of armed engagement, from the Greek victory at Marathon, through the introduction of gunpowder in medieval England and France, to the jungle warfare of Vietnam and the strategic air attacks of the Gulf War. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of military progress: 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?
Table of Contents
|Introduction: the Western way of war|
|The Age of Massed Infantry|
|Genesis of infantry 600-350 BC|
|From phalanx to legion 350-250 BC|
|The Roman way of war 250 BC-AD 300|
|The Age of Stone Fortifications|
|On Roman ramparts 300-1300|
|New weapons, new tactics 1300-1500|
|The gunpowder revolution 1300-1500|
|The Age of Guns and Sails|
|Ships of the line 1500-1650|
|Conquest of the Americas 1500-1650|
|Dynastic war 1494-1660|
|States in conflict 1661-1763|
|Nations in arms 1763-1815|
|The Age of Mechanized Warfare|
|The industrialization of war 1815-1871|
|Towards world war 1871-1914|
|The West at war 1914-18|
|The world in conflict 1919-41|
|The world at war 1941-45|
|The post-war world|
|Epilogue: the future of Western warfare|
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