Military history

A History of Warfare

A History of Warfare

The acclaimed author of The Face of Battle examines centures of conflict in a variety of diverse societies and cultures. "Keegan is at once the most readable and the most original of living military historians . . . A History of Warfare is perhaps the most remarkable study of warfare that has yet been written."--The New York Times Book Review.

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: War in Human History

WHAT IS WAR?

WHO WAS CLAUSEWITZ?

WAR AS CULTURE

A CULTURE WITHOUT WAR

Interlude: Limitations on Warmaking

Part II: Stone

WHY DO MEN FIGHT?

WAR AND HUMAN NATURE

WAR AND THE ANTHROPOLOGISTS

SOME PRIMITIVE PEOPLES AND THEIR WARFARE

THE BEGINNINGS OF WARFARE

WAR AND CIVILISATION

Interlude: Fortification

Part III: Flesh

THE CHARIOTEERS

THE CHARIOT AND ASSYRIA

THE WARHORSE

THE HORSE PEOPLES OF THE STEPPE

THE HUNS

THE HORSE PEOPLES’ HORIZON, 453–1258

THE DECLINE OF THE HORSE PEOPLES

Interlude: Armies

Part IV: Iron

THE GREEKS AND IRON

PHALANX WARFARE

THE GREEKS AND AMPHIBIOUS STRATEGY

MACEDON AND THE CULMINATION OF PHALANX WARFARE

ROME: MOTHER HOUSE OF MODERN ARMIES

EUROPE AFTER ROME: A CONTINENT WITHOUT ARMIES

Interlude: Logistics and Supply

Part V: Fire

GUNPOWDER AND FORTIFICATION

GUNPOWDER BATTLES IN THE EXPERIMENTAL AGE

GUNPOWDER AT SEA

GUNPOWDER STABILITY

POLITICAL REVOLUTION AND MILITARY CHANGE

FIREPOWER AND THE CULTURE OF UNIVERSAL SERVICE

ULTIMATE WEAPONS

LAW AND WAR’S END

Conclusion

References

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