The Cambridge History of Warfare. A compelling subject, war is common to almost all known societies and almost all periods of history. The Cambridge History of Warfare is a comprehensive account of war in the West. The combined effort of seven leading experts, this book treats the history of all aspects of the subject: the development of warfare on land, seas, and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence; mercenaries and standing armies; cavalry and infantry; chivalry and blitzkreig; guerrilla assault and nuclear warfare. It places in context particular key elements in the history of armed engagement, from the Greek victory at Marathon, through the advent of gunpower in medieval England and France, to the jungle warfare of Vietnam and the strategic air strikes of the Gulf War. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of military progress and how these help explain the rise of the West over the past two millenia to global military dominance.
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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare provides a unique account of Western warfare from antiquity to the present. The book treats all aspects of the subject from the Greeks to the nuclear age: the development of warfare on land, sea and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the socio-econo The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare provides a unique account of Western warfare from antiquity to the present.
Throughout, there is an emphasis on the socio-economic aspects of war: who pays for it, how can its returns be measured, and to what extent does it explain the rise of the West to global dominance over two millennia?
Geoffrey Parker is one of the world's leading authorities on military history and is the editor of The Times Atlas of World History and the author of The Military Revolution Cambridge, Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters.
Sort order. Jul 02, Clif rated it really liked it. First a pet peeve - why is it necessary to make a book glossy from cover to cover forcing the reader to heft over 3 pounds every time he or she reads it? I have never had my arm muscles ache as much as with this page book! Ok, on to content. Warfare is a comprehensive look at the way men have gone to battle since the rise of the West in ancient Greece. Using detailed diagrams when necessary, the reader can see how manpower was deployed and how weapons were used.
Particularly interesting to me w First a pet peeve - why is it necessary to make a book glossy from cover to cover forcing the reader to heft over 3 pounds every time he or she reads it?
Particularly interesting to me were the diagrams of the Greek phalanx and the Roman centuries, examples of the discipline and technique that along with technology helped the West to defeat opponents. Did you know that a major factor in the success of Alexander the Great was the ability of his troops to carry all they needed thus avoiding a long supply line and crowd of camp followers? This book is filled with insightful commentary on why armed conflicts turned out the way they did.
Why was the huge Spanish Armada defeated by the relatively insignificant at the time English Navy? What was the Needlegun and why did it give the Prussians an advantage? How did Cortez with just a few hundred Spaniards defeat tens of thousands of Aztecs? The tide of battle can be turned by weather, by leadership or the lack thereof, by technology and other factors. You will find yourself on an informative march through over years of conflict up to the war in Iraq.
On finishing this book, I wondered how the Bush directed "war of choice" in would be seen by such a history as this. As one would expect, more recent wars are treated in more detail with excellent accounts of WW1 and WW2. Happily, the book doesn't get bogged down in detailed maps of tactical movements of armies on the field unless it aids in making the reader aware of some new battlefield technique.
Likewise, there are no long discussions of particular weapons. The goal is always to ask - how did things change and why? Provided you work out at the gym to build up your biceps for this brick of a book, I think you will be rewarded by the fact packed, concise writing supported with excellent illustrations.
In war, victory or defeat can happen as a result of unpredictable factors but, over time, superior practices and technologies have a telling effect. The persistent rise of the West was no accident. Read this book to find out how it happened. Aug 07, Bryan J. We were assigned passages from the book rather than being required to read it cover to cover. I am interested in History and this was one of the few enjoyable blocks in the Army course.
However, I graduated from the American public school system several years ago and I was not immediately invested in reading mandatory material. This book provided an insightful and thoroughly engaging history of warfare! Read it for military school. Starting with the infantry of the ancient Greeks, this book endeavors to explain the social, political and military tactics that enabled the West to dominate everyone they came in contact with.
Both brief and detailed this book is dense, the pictures and diagrams help to keep the reader on track. Why I started this book: It was one of my goals for this year, and I knew that I would need time to make my way through it. Why I finished it: I did a big push at the end, I wanted to stop hauling with la Starting with the infantry of the ancient Greeks, this book endeavors to explain the social, political and military tactics that enabled the West to dominate everyone they came in contact with.
Why I finished it: I did a big push at the end, I wanted to stop hauling with large book around. Plus I am more familiar with the wars of the last century. It was a good introduction and I was surprised with the authors candor about the necessity and costs of war. Most surprising was the comparison between Hitler and George W.
Great comprehensive textbook covering military history from its roots to the modern age. Jan 10, Levie Galapon rated it it was ok Shelves: owned. Overall is a your standard history reference book on warfare. Used it in my War and Civilization class and found it useful when writing papers during the course. Its a fairly detailed book and has great illustrations in this version that makes it a whole lot more fun to read. Jun 04, Scott rated it really liked it.
A very helpful overview of military history from ancient times through the s. Jun 12, Saim Ali is currently reading it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jul 30, Jeffry rated it it was ok.
Use it occassionally as a text book. Wish I didn't have to. Uneven as a general introduction. Sep 29, Rangercab rated it really liked it. Dieuwke rated it liked it Dec 12, Jason Snelgrove rated it really liked it Oct 14, Eddie Montero rated it it was amazing Oct 22, AndrewFKC rated it really liked it Feb 07, Mark Heeyeaah rated it it was ok Jun 03, Drew rated it really liked it Feb 14, Muhammad Usman Anwar rated it it was amazing Aug 26, Aditya Pareek rated it it was amazing Apr 20, Matthew Strickland rated it it was amazing Nov 30, Ash rated it it was amazing Dec 20, Ali Mehdi rated it it was ok Mar 15, Jon Klug rated it it was ok Mar 19, Selcuk Mert rated it really liked it Jul 21, Ahmed Shah rated it it was amazing Mar 01, Shanyal Babar rated it liked it May 11, David rated it it was amazing Oct 25,
Cambridge History of Warfare / Edition 1
The appearance of a paperback version of an important book first published in is most welcome as it will make it more readily available. Equally, it is not easy to review such a work. The scholarly reviews that appeared noting its contents do not require emendation, because the book has not been rewritten. Instead, I propose to focus on how the book looks from the perspective of military history at the present moment, although that is inevitably a somewhat personal account.
Storrs on Parker, 'The Cambridge History of Warfare'