Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 544 pages
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Examining nine landmark battles from ancient to modern times--from Salamis, where outnumbered Greeks devastated the slave army of Xerxes, to Cortes’s conquest of Mexico to the Tet offensive--Victor Davis Hanson explains why the armies of the West have been the most lethal and effective of any fighting forces in the world.

Looking beyond popular explanations such as geography or superior technology, Hanson argues that it is in fact Western culture and values–the tradition of dissent, the value placed on inventiveness and adaptation, the concept of citizenship–which have consistently produced superior arms and soldiers. Offering riveting battle narratives and a balanced perspective that avoids simple triumphalism, Carnage and Culture demonstrates how armies cannot be separated from the cultures that produce them and explains why an army produced by a free culture will always have the advantage.


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Cowardly tip-toes around the dreaded "r***" word. Spurious cherry picking and distorting history to come up with a bizarre thesis that democratic thinking and equality of man is the reason Western ... Read full review

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Western powers fight wars through a disciplined concentration of force to destroy opposing forces until an objective is reached, while still acknowledging individualism and dissent within its forces. Read full review

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Contents

PART ONE CREATION
12
CHAPTER TH
60
CHAPTER FOUR
99
Landed Infantry 135
134
H A PT E R
170
CHAPTER SEVEN
233
CHAPTER EIGHT
277
H A P T E R N I N
334
H A PT E R T
389
Carnage and Culture
456
GLOSSARY 465
465
INDEX
487
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Victor Davis Hanson is a military historian who is a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno. He has written several scholarly and popular books on ancient history and classical warfare, including The Other Greeks, The Western Way of War, and The Soul of Battle. He lives in Selma, California.


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