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World History of Warfare
World History of Warfare is designed as a textbook for introductory college courses in military history. The text covers worldwide military history from ancient times to the present. Its principal theme is an exploration of change and continuity, revolution and tradition, in three thousand years of warfare. The work teaches students and general readers how warfare evolved ...more
Hardcover, 626 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by University of Nebraska Press
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This college textbook is quite detailed and yet very readable. It covers warfare from the ancient world through the current period and particularly covers non-Western societies and nations. One major theme is the way(s) that military forces (land, sea, and, latterly, sky) have shaped their societies and vice versa. The role of technology is another theme as well as how societies have viewed the role of armed forces in their society and politics. It is sparsely illustrated, but each chapter has a ...more
This is a concise history of the phenomenon of warfare and the development of militaries within cultures across the globe. What I find tremendously helpful about this book is the attention paid to non-western cultures, the detail of weaponry and technology, and the bibliographical suggestions at the end of each chapter. This is a great starting point for those who want to gain a foundational knowledge of global military history.
6+ months later and I've *finally* finished this book. An interesting read, but difficult to get through. Too many names, dates, and unfamiliar terms for someone who isn't a history/warfare nerd. I think most of what I read went in one eye and out the other.
An incredible feat this book is, but it is still just a history book. I believe the information to be sound and in an easy to read fashion but it reads more like a textbook than a novel. I want to give it more stars but I did not enjoy the read.