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The Hutchinson dictionary of ancient & medieval warfare
Bennett, Matthew, 1954-
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
365 pages ; 24 cm
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D25.A2 H88 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Assisted by three consultants and 16 contributors, all of whom are distinguished scholars of ancient and medieval history and warfare, editor Bennett has compiled an interesting new reference work that is very extensive in scope. It encompasses 3,500 years of military events from earliest recorded times to 1500 A.D. That cutoff point was selected because of the invention of gunpowder and new advances in military and naval warfare. Coverage is universal with entries on Europe, Egypt, Greece, China, Japan, Persia, and Central and South Asia. Arranged alphabetically, the book contains 2,500 entries, which cover battles, wars, heroes, commanders, places, and terminology. There are also entries for types of warriors (candidati, franc-archer, samurai) and equipment (arquebus, harness, lambrequin). A random sampling determined there are approximately seven entries per page, which vary in length from a few sentences to half a page. Entries provide dates when appropriate, and measurement is given in both metric and English units. Small arrows designate cross-references within an entry. Some important topics are given extended treatment in sidebars; examples include Constantinople, siege of (1203-04); Hindu armies; military orders; and Peloponnesian War. Reference value would have been enhanced by the addition of maps, diagrams, and other illustrations. Rounding out the volume is a briefly annotated bibliography of 97 titles, arranged by subject. There are other reference works on the history of warfare, most notably Dupuy's classic Harper Encyclopedia of Military History: From 3500 B.C. to the Present [RBB N 1 93], which includes line drawings of weapons and battle formations and numerous maps. However, the Hutchinson title is unique in its concentration on ancient and medieval warfare, and will be useful in large public and academic libraries with specialized military-history collections. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)

Choice Review

This subject encyclopedia intends to identify and define battles, wars, heroes, ordinary soldiers, and terms from a cross-cultural perspective from the beginning of recorded military history to the invention of gunpowder in 1500 CE. Its entries are arranged alphabetically and provide excellent cross-references. Although most items are defined briefly (typically 20-100 words), longer articles covering diverse topics (although most of them treat Western military figures, terms, or battles) are given special attention in boxes at their place in the alphabetical arrangement. Given the precise definitions, readers can often conjure images from the entries, but some would benefit from maps or illustrations. The book's select bibliography helps overcome this minor omission, since it lists several illustrated resources. Recommended for public, school, and college libraries. J. B. MacDonald Illinois State University