War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds: Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe and Mesoamerica

War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds: Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe and Mesoamerica

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Edited by Kurt A. Raaflaub, Edited by Nathan Rosenstein


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  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 234mm x 33mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674006593
  • ISBN 13: 9780674006591
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1 illustration, 13 maps
  • Sales rank: 1,373,192

Product description

This social history of war from the third millennium BCE to the 10th-century CE in the Mediterranean, the Near East and Europe (Egypt, Achamenid Persia, Greece, the Hellenistic World, the Roman Republic and Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the early Islamic World and early Medieval Europe) with parallel studies of Mesoamerica (the Maya and Aztecs) and East Asia (ancient China, medieval Japan). The volume offers a broadly based, comparative examination of war and military organization in their complex interactions with social, economic and political structures, as well as cultural practices.

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Thucydides and his contemporaries knew war from bitter experience. Peace to them was an illusion, war the true constant..."War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval World" shows how and why Thucydides's vision prevailed throughout pre-industrial times in the Mediterranean and elsewhere. Because of the omnipresence of war or its specter within ancient Greek--and Roman--culture, editors Kurt Raaflaub and Nathan Rosenstein recognize the real need to explore in theoretical terms how war (including military technology and organization) affected ancient society (including economic and political systems) and vice versa.--Thomas Palaima"Times Higher Education Supplement" (12/01/2000)