War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

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

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 492 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 31.75mm | 760g
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • 1 illustration, 13 maps
  • 067494660X
  • 9780674946606

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comparison and cross-fertilization. It certainly comes across as a work of solid scholarship and interesting insights which should appeal to a wide audience. 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. 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) The editors have sought to produce a book about the social history of war in the pre-industrial age. They have encouraged their contributors to write not about army organization, battles, tactics, and so on, but about the social and political context of war, and about the interrelationship between war and the institutional structures of the various states which are surveyed. The result...is a volume of broad scope with much potential for comparison and cross-fertilization. It certainly comes across as a work of solid scholarship and interesting insights which should appeal to a wide audience.--Tom Stevenson"Scholia Reviews" (01/01/2003)
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