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The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece (1989)

by Victor Davis Hanson

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Hanson attempts to reconstruct the ‘face of battle’ from the perspective of the citizen soldiers of Greece during the period from the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries, BC. Hanson argues that the focus of Greek warfare was not the destruction of crops, but a response to a perceived threat to crops, and the insult of foreign troops marching into ones territory. While war was an ever present reality, the conventions of hoplite battle were designed to limit the scope of war and therefore casualties.

Hanson's book is an essential read for those interested in ancient warfare, though I was unconvinced by his argument that the Greek way was a new, Western way of war. There's too much evidence to suggest that other, non-Western cultures were practicing similar tactics, elsewhere. ( )
  Steve.Bivans | Jul 20, 2014 |
This is an outstanding book on ancient Greek warfare and one of the most important books ever written on war.
  gmicksmith | Feb 16, 2010 |
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