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World History of Warfare Paperback – September 1, 2008
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by Christon I Archer, John R. Ferris, Holger H Herwig, Timothy H. E. Travers
Review by Michael W. Brandt
The World History of Warfare is designed to be a textbook for introductory college courses in military history. I think that the authors have exceeded this modest goal.
It should be understood that the authors of this book took on an enormous task. They condensed the history and evolution of thousands of years of warfare into 591 pages of text.For someone who needs a reference book on the development and evolution of warfare, this is a very useful text. It presents the development of arms, weapons and tactics of warfare against the flow of history. This process enables the student of history to have a background understanding of the effect of warfare on the period he is studying. It is worldwide in scope and gives a perspective which should be kept in mind by any historian.
There are four authors, and if you read carefully you can sense different tones between them. I personally found the last section about more recent warfare a bit weaker than the preceding three. It is a superior book for someone who needs a reference book covering the development and evolution of warfare.
One thing which I did not find recognized was the fact that despite the terrible effects of warfare, such periods were often times of enormous creativity in a variety of areas. I would also stress the fact that each of these four authors could have written a 500 page book on the period they covered.
It is therefore a valuable book for any library. The book is also organized and concise enough for the reader to quickly find and identify the periods he wishes to investigate with regard to warfare.Read more ›
I belive the Authors have succeded in this task.
The book is well written, but remember that military history in general sometimes can be a real challenge, and demanding to understand.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in military history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This a very thick book, and I am just beginning to wade through it. (It's basically a text book.)
It has VERY FEW "plates" (maps, photos, drawings). Read more
Technical and brief. Still a descent read if your looking for a book that covers the entire history of war.Published 20 months ago by Brett K.
For a textbook, the important questions are did it appear on time without problems and was it easy to find? Yes to both.Published on February 19, 2010 by William Birthisel