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    DescriptionBattle: A History of Combat and Culture spans the globe and the centuries to explore the way ideas shape the conduct of warfare. Drawing its 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 day. 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 discernable 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.

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    A History of Combat and Culture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John A. Lynn
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 571 g
    ISBN 13: 9780813333724
    ISBN 10: 0813333725

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: JWL, HBT
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
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    DC22: 303.6609
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Edition statement
    Revised and Updated ed.
    Illustrations note
    3 b/w photos & 6 illustrations
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    Westview Press Inc
    Publication date
    23 November 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Boulder, CO
    Author Information
    John A. Lynn, an expert on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century warfare professor, is a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an adjunct professor at Ohio State University. He lives in Champaign, Illinois.
    Review quote
    "[A] rich and imaginative study." - Foreign Affairs"