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The Western Way of War : Infantry Battle in Classical Greece
by Victor Davis Hanson and John Keegan




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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.

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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.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780520260092
  • ISBN-10: 0520260090
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publish Date: April 2009
  • Page Count: 271
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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