The Western Way of War
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The Western Way of War : Infantry Battle in Classical Greece

By (author) Victor Davis Hanson , Introduction by John Keegan

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The Greeks of the classical age invented not only the central idea of Western politics - that the power of state should be guided by a majority of its citizens - but also the central act of Western warfare, the decisive infantry battle. Instead of ambush, skirmish, or combat between individual heroes, the Greeks of the fifth century B.C. devised a ferocious, brief, and destructive head-on clash between armed men of all ages. In this bold, original study, Victor Davis Hanson shows how this brutal enterprise was dedicated to the same outcome as consensual government - an unequivocal, instant resolution to dispute. Linking this new style of fighting to the rise of constitutional government, Hanson raises new issues and questions old assumptions about the history of war. A new preface addresses recent scholarship on Greek warfare.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • 01 Apr 2009
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0520260090
  • 9780520260092
  • 156,370

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Victor Davis Hanson is Professor of Classics at California State University, Fresno, and author and coauthor of many books, including The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War.

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