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A history of warfare

Author: John Keegan
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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In this ... book, [the author] demolishes the famous dictum that war is the continuation of policy by other means. On Easter Island, for example, rival factions exterminated one another in a ceaseless competition for the egg of a sooty tern. The Aztecs seem to have fought for nothing more than the captives that they slaughtered by the thousands. And what policy could possibly have informed the Gulf War, in which the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Keegan
ISBN: 0679730826 9780679730828 0394588010 9780394588018
OCLC Number: 32173170
Notes: Originally published: London : Hutchinson, 1993.
Description: xvi, 432 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: War in human history --
Interlude : limitations on warmaking --
Stone --
Interlude : fortification --
Flesh --
Interlude : armies --
Iron --
Interlude : logistics and supply --
Fire.
Responsibility: John Keegan.
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In this ... book, [the author] demolishes the famous dictum that war is the continuation of policy by other means. On Easter Island, for example, rival factions exterminated one another in a ceaseless competition for the egg of a sooty tern. The Aztecs seem to have fought for nothing more than the captives that they slaughtered by the thousands. And what policy could possibly have informed the Gulf War, in which the United States and its allies destroyed the army of Saddam Hussein, only to leave Saddam himself securely in power? Analyzing centuries of conflict ... [he] unveils the deepest motives behind humanity's penchant for mass bloodshed.-Back cover.

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