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With arrow, sword, and spear : a history of warfare in the ancient world

Author: Alfred S Bradford; Pamela M Bradford
Publisher: Westport, Connecticut : Praeger, 2001.
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"This account analyzes ancient armies in terms of modern military doctrine, allowing the reader to make comparisons between the combatants. Recruitment, for example, varied tremendously with Romans drawing from a limited pool of recruits for service terms of twenty to thirty years and Chinese planners preferring a large pool with short-term service. While various types of governments prepared for and waged war in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred S Bradford; Pamela M Bradford
ISBN: 0275952592 9780275952594
OCLC Number: 42682582
Description: xviii, 312 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. The ancient east. Civilized war --
The Egyptians --
The chariot people --
The Egyptian empire --
Balance of power --
The Hebrews --
The Assyrians --
The Medes and Chaldaeans --
The Persians --
pt. II. The Greeks. The Greek way of war --
"Go tell the Spartans" --
The Peloponnesian (Archidamian) War --
The Peloponnesian (Decelean) War --
The demise of hoplite warfare --
Philip and the Macedonians --
Alexander the Great --
Into India and beyond --
pt. III. The East. India: Chandragupta --
China: spring and autumn --
China: the Warring States --
China: the former Han --
China: the later Han --
The Parthians --
pt. IV. The Roman republic. The development of the Roman system --
Hannibal --
The conquest of the Mediterranean --
The breakdown of the Roman system --
Julius Caesar --
pt. V. The Roman empire. The creation of the empire --
The army of Trajan --
The ascendancy of the army --
The awful third century --
Reform and revolution --
The fall of Rome.
Other Titles: With arrow, sword, & spear
Responsibility: Alfred S. Bradford ; illustrated by Pamela M. Bradford.

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This volume describes the strategies, battlefield tactics, great commanders, and technology that made success possible in ancient warfare in Greece, Rome, Parthia, India, and China. It analyzes  Read more...

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