Warfare in Antiquity: History of the Art of War, Volume I
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Warfare in Antiquity: History of the Art of War, Volume I

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Hans Delbrück’s four-volume History of the Art of War is recognized throughout the world as the definitive work on the subject. Appearing in an English-language paperback edition for the first time, volume 1 analyzes in vivid detail the military tactics and strategies used by the great warriors of antiquity. Delbrück disputes some points in classical history and separates...more
Paperback, 604 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1975)
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A most enjoyable book. One which corrected misconceptions of some history I had learned, and really provided a better backdrop for ancient european history than I've had in the past. That may speak as much to the quality of education as quality of book. It is layed out strangely, with each chapter lasting about a 1-1.5 pages, followed by several pages of "excursis", followed by a page or two of foot notes. The translation is a little bit strange also (originally german), and you can definitely h...more
Mark Dunstan
A great book, though to be honest, I only read the section on the first and Second Punic Wars, and as such, can't offer my opinion on the other sections detailing other ancient warfare periods... but from what I read, this supplied excellent information, particularly on the aftermath of Cannae and Hannibal's reasons for not marching on Rome.
Brilliant scholarship. Delbruck demonstrates the use of archaeology and quantification to reveal the truth behind ancient histories. I read this book without knowing anything about military history or the backgrounds for these war but still found the recounting thrilling sometimes. It's difficult to follow if you don't have the background though.
Still excellent. None better about this era.
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German historian who looked at military history in the context of world history.

Sat in the Reichstag, was Professor of History at the University of Berlin and was a member of the German delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference after the First World War.
More about Hans Delbrück...
Medieval Warfare: History of the Art of War, Volume III The Barbarian Invasions: History of the Art of War, Volume II History of the Art of War Within the Framework of Political History: The Dawn of Modern Warfare Vol 4 (History of the Art of War) Geschichte Der Kriegskunst Delbrück's Modern Military History

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