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on December 5, 2008
Dr. Hamblin, a professor of history at Brigham Young University and a frequent FARMS contributor (for example, with Stephen D. Ricks, coeditor of the important 1990 FARMS volume Warfare in the Book of Mormon), has produced a hefty tome that ranges from its opening chapter on "The Neolithic Age and the Origin of Warfare (to c. 3000)" to an eighteenth chapter treating "Early Second Intermediate Period Egypt (1786-1667)."

In between, he discusses warfare and siegecraft in Mesopotamia under the Akkadians and Neo-Sumerians and through the Middle Bronze Age (which furnishes the volume's terminal date); covers Mari, Syria, Lebanon, Canaan, and Anatolia; and closes with several chapters on warfare in Egypt commencing from the Pre-Dynastic, Early Dynastic, and Old Kingdom periods. Among many other topics, the book treats questions of recruitment and training, logistics, weaponry, the role of "magic," naval conflict, fortifications, and combat narratives. Hamblin pays particular attention to the ideology of the "holy war" in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, arguing that subsequent Near Eastern concepts of "holy war" (including today's) should be understood against this older background.

In a jacket endorsement, Professor Robert Drews of Vanderbilt University pronounces the book "a goldmine of information--both textual and archaeological."
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on July 17, 2014
Very well documented, great insights, good breadth of coverage. However, it has some fairly distracting issues in editing that one does not normally expect to find in a work of this nature. If those had been fixed it would have been a solid 5/5.
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on October 13, 2012
Great book if you're into Bronze Age history. Very detailed and not for the casual reader. Give a very good and complete history.
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on September 24, 2015
Great academic research with very interesting details. Fills a niche unoccupied by any other book!
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on August 23, 2013
All was Great! It arrived in good condition and speedily. I will very much enjoy this work as I prepare to write my novel.
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