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The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece

The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece

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

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520260090
  • ISBN 13: 9780520260092
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 128,074

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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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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.