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    DescriptionThis expansive book surveys the history of warfare from ancient Mesopotamia to the Gulf War in search of a deeper understanding of the origins of Western warfare and the reasons for its eminence today. Historian John France explores the experience of war around the globe, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. His bold conclusions cast doubt on well-entrenched attitudes about the development of military strength, the impact of culture on warfare, the future of Western dominance, and much more. Taking into account wars waged by virtually all civilizations since the beginning of recorded history, France finds that despite enormous cultural differences, war was conducted in distinctly similar ways right up to the Military Revolution and the pursuit of technological warfare in the nineteenth century. Since then, European and American culture has shaped warfare, but only because we have achieved a sense of distance from it, France argues. He warns that the present eminence of U.S. power is much more precarious and accidental than commonly believed. The notion that war is a distant phenomenon is only an illusion, and our cultural attitudes must change accordingly.


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    Title
    Perilous Glory
    Subtitle
    The Rise of Western Military Power
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John France
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 812 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300120745
    ISBN 10: 0300120745
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JWA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL, CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
    B&T Approval Code: A44090000
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000, HIS002000, HIS037030
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QFH
    BIC subject category V2: 1QFH
    DC22: 355/.03301821
    LC classification: D25 .F84 2011
    DC22: 355.03301821
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHW, JWA, NHDJ
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QFH
    Illustrations note
    32 black-&-white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 November 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    John France is professor emeritus, Department of History and Classics, Swansea University. He is author of The Crusades and the Expansion of Catholic Christendom, among numerous other books and articles. He lives in Swansea.
    Review quote
    "As military history, "Perilous Glory "is a triumph."--Colin S. Gray, "Journal of Cold War Studies"--Colin S. Gray"The Journal of Cold War Studies" (06/01/2013)