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    Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (Biblioteca di studi antichi) (Paperback) By (author) Victor Davis Hanson

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    DescriptionThe ancient Greeks were for the most part a rural, not an urban, society. And for much of the Classical period, war was more common than peace. Almost all accounts of ancient history assume that farming and fighting were critical events in the lives of the citizenry. Yet never before have we had a comprehensive modern study of the relationship between agriculture and warfare in the Greek world. In this completely revised edition of Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece, Victor Davis Hanson provides a systematic review of Greek agriculture and warfare and describes the relationship between these two important aspects of life in ancient communities. With careful attention to agronomic as well as military details, this well-written, thoroughly researched study reveals the remarkable resilience of those farmland communities. In the past, scholars have assumed that the agricultural infrastructure of ancient society was often ruined by attack, as, for example, Athens was relegated to poverty in the aftermath of the Persian and later Peloponnesian invasions. Hanson's study shows, however, that in reality attacks on agriculture rarely resulted in famines or permanent agrarian depression. Trees and vines are hard to destroy, and grainfields are only briefly vulnerable to torching. In addition, ancient armies were rather inefficient systematic ravagers and instead used other tactics, such as occupying their enemies' farms to incite infantry battle. Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece suggests that for all ancient societies, rural depression and desolation came about from more subtle phenomena--taxes, changes in political and social structure, and new cultural values--rather than from destructive warfare.


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    Title
    Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Victor Davis Hanson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 260
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520215962
    ISBN 10: 0520215966
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    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: TV, JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEDITR
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC22: 338.14
    LC classification: 97-52207
    DC22: 338.1/4
    LC classification: UA929.95.A35 H27 1998
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: JW, TV, NHD, NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG
    Edition
    Revised
    Edition statement
    Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    1 table
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    01 November 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Victor Davis Hanson is Professor of Classics at California State University, Fresno, and author of The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece (1986), The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization (1995), and Fields Without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea (1996).
    Back cover copy
    "The book is excellent. . . . Hanson's literary style is clean and lucid, a delight to read."--Walter Donlan, University of California, Irvine""Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece presents a closely argued and thoroughly supported critique of an entire tendency in classical scholarship to think uncritically about agriculture. . . . Hanson's success in this results in an admirably short work that is full of interest, not just for classical scholars but also for military, agriculture, and environmental historians."--Colin Duncan, Queen's University, Ontario