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    DescriptionSpans the globe and the centuries to explore the way ideas shape the conduct of warfare Drawing on examples from Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and America, John A. Lynn challenges the belief that technology has been the dominant influence on combat from ancient times to the present. In battle, ideas can be more far more important than bullets or bombs. Carl von Clausewitz proclaimed that war is politics, but even more basically, war is culture. The hard reality of armed conflict is formed by - and, in turn, forms - a culture's values, assumptions, and expectations about fighting. The author examines the relationship between the real and the ideal, arguing that feedback between the two follows certain discernible paths. Battle rejects the currently fashionable notion of a 'Western way of warfare' and replaces it with more nuanced concepts of varied and evolving cultural patterns of combat. After considering history, Lynn finally asks how the knowledge gained might illuminate our understanding of the war on terrorism. The book includes a new Epilogue by the author.

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    A History of Combat and Culture from Ancient Greece to Modern America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John A. Lynn
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 748 g
    ISBN 13: 9780813333717
    ISBN 10: 0813333717

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: JWL, HBT, JWA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000, SOC000000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC032000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 303.6609
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, POL034000
    LC classification: U27 \.L96
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    Edition statement
    export ed
    Illustrations note
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    01 June 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    John A. Lynn, an expert on 17th and 18th century warfare, is a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an adjunct professor at Ohio State University. He is the author of Giant of the Grand Siecle and The Wars of Louis XIV.
    Review quote
    "[A] rich and imaginative study." - Foreign Affairs"