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The Origins of War: From the Stone Age to…

The Origins of War: From the Stone Age to Alexander the Great (original 1985; edition 1986)

by Arther Ferrill

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When did war begin? Standard military accounts tend to start with the Graeco-Persian wars, laying undue emphasis on the preeminence of Greek heavy infantry. But, as this strikingly original and entertaining book shows, the origins of war can be traced back not to the Iron Age, or even to the Bronze Age, but to the emergence of settled life itself nearly 10,000 years ago. The military revolution that occurred then'the invention of major new weapons, the massive fortifications, the creation of strategy and tactics'ultimately gave rise to the great war machines of ancient Egypt, Assyria, and Persia that dominated the Near East until the time of Alexander the Great.It is Arther Ferrill's thesis that in the period before Alexander there were two independent lines of military development'a Near Eastern one culminating in the expert integration of cavalry, skirmishers, and light infantry and a Greek one based on heavy infantry. When Philip and Alexander blended the two traditions in their crack Macedonian army, the result was a style of warfare that continued, despite technological changes, down to Napoleon.This newly revised edition presents detailed and copiously illustrated accounts of all the major battles on land and sea up to the fourth century b.c., analyzes weapons from the sling to the catapult, and discusses ancient strategy and tactics, making this a book for armchair historians everywhere.… (more)
Title:The Origins of War: From the Stone Age to Alexander the Great
Authors:Arther Ferrill
Info:W W Norton & Co Inc (1986), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:History, Warfare, Weapon

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Should be named "A History of Strategy and Tactics"
  librisissimo | Oct 20, 2016 |
Ferrill attempts to fill the historiographical void in the study of ancient warfare, by extending it back into the Stone Age. He argues that modern military historians, who have focused on the origins of war in the classical Greek world, have failed to recognize the significant contributions of the Middle East and Egypt to the art of war.

Ferrill’s focus is on the way armies were organized, trained, equipped and how they were used on the campaign and in battle, not on the political, social or economic causes of war. This, for me, was a refreshing approach, one that swung the focus of military history back to armies and the manner in which they conducted their business. ( )
  Steve.Bivans | Jul 20, 2014 |
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