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Battle : a history of combat and culture

Author: John A Lynn
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Westview Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. and updated edView all editions and formats
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A noted military historian offers a cultural approach to the history of warfare, insisting that we understand combat best when we study the beliefs, values, and expectations of the adversaries

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John A Lynn
ISBN: 0813333725 9780813333724
OCLC Number: 58548315
Awards: Short-listed for Society of Midland Authors Award (Adult Nonfiction) 2004
Description: xxvi, 431 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: Requiem for the universal soldier --
Written in blood : the classical Greek drama of battle and the western way of war --
Subtleties of violence : ancienct Chinese and Indian texts on warfare --
Chivalry and chevauchée : the ideal, the real, and the perfect in medieval European warfare --
Linear warfare : images and ideals of combat in the age of enlightenment --
Victories of the conquered : the native character of the Sepoy --
The sun of Austerlitz : romantic visions of decisive battle in nineteenth-century Europe --
The merciless fight : race and military culture in the Pacific War --
Crossing the Canal : Egyptian effectiveness and military culture in the October War --
Epilogue: Terrorism and "evil" : forming a new discourse on war at the dawn of the twenty-first century --
Appendix: The discourse and the reality of war : a cultural model.
Responsibility: John A. Lynn.
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"[A] rich and imaginative study." - Foreign Affairs"

 
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