With Arrow, Sword, and Spear: A History of Warfare in the Ancient World (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - History - 312 pages
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Most studies of ancient warfare focus only on the Greeks and the Romans, but this sweeping study covers the whole of the ancient world from Greece and Rome to the Near East, then eastward to Parthia, India, and China. Bradford transports the reader into the midst of ancient battles behind such great leaders as Thutmose III, Ashurbanipal, Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the First Emperor of China. He details the rise and fall of empires, the role of leadership, and the development of tactics and strategy. One sees the clash of peoples: nomads against agricultural societies, infantry against cavalry, as well as the greatest technological change in history--the combination of the composite bow and the chariot.

This readable 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 significantly different ways, Bradford finds that better organization led to success on the battlefield and that, for the most part, societal innovation was more important than technological innovation. The ongoing discussion of the lessons of ancient warfare around the globe will provide valuable insights for interested general readers and military professionals alike.

  

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An overview of ancient warfare from the Hittites to the fall of Rome. Interestingly, it does include some discussion of ancient conflicts in India, a whole section of China, and is not just Euro ... Read full review

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The book is good as an overview, but at less than 300 pages of information there is not much the author can do in detail. It is supposed to cover a myriad of areas but still seems to concentrate ... Read full review

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Contents

Civilized War
3
The Egyptians
9
The Chariot People
13
The Egyptian Empire
21
Balance of Power
29
The Hebrews
33
The Assyrians
41
The Medes and Chaldaeans
47
China The Warring States
137
China The Former Han
143
China The Later Han
153
The Parthians
159
The Roman Republic
165
The Development of the Roman System
167
Hannibal
177
The Conquest of the Mediterranean
191

The Persians
53
The Greeks
61
The Greek Way of War
63
Go Tell the Spartans
69
The Peloponnesian Archidamian War
79
The Peloponnesian Decelean War
87
The Demise of Hoplite Warfare
95
Philip and the Macedonians
101
Alexander the Great
109
Into India and Beyond
117
The East
123
India Chandragupta
125
China Spring and Autumn
129
The Breakdown of the Roman System
199
Julius Caesar
209
The Roman Empire
221
The Creation of the Empire
223
The Army of Trajan
231
The Ascendancy of the Army
239
The Awful Third Century
245
Reform and Revolution
253
The Fall of Rome
263
Afterword
273
SOURCES
283
INDEX
303
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About the author (2001)

ALFRED S. BRADFORD is the John Saxon Professor of Ancient History at the University of Oklahoma. He served with the 1/27th Infantry in Vietnam. He has been a research assistant and a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

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