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Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC (Warfare and History) New Ed Edition

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William J. Hamblin is Associate Professor at Brigham Young University, Utah.  He has written and taught on both the ancient near east and on the same region in the middle ages.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (April 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415255899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415255899
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Great academic research with very interesting details. Fills a niche unoccupied by any other book!
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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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