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Title:
The patterns of war through the eighteenth century
Author:
Addington, Larry H.
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Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xii, 161 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780253301314

9780253205513
Format :
Book

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Presents a survey of pre 19th-century warfare.


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... a concise, highly readable survey of pre- 19th-century warfare." --Choice

A remarkable tour de force covering a vast span of time, different cultures, warfare by land and sea." --Gunther Rothenberg

A history of war and warfare from ancient to early modern times, Larry Addington's new book completes his survey of the patterns of war in the Western world. It explains not only what happened in warfare but why war in a certain time and culture took on distinct and recognizable patterns.


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Choice Review

Addington's book describes the development of warfare from the Paleolithic era through the 18th century by placing military events in their historical context. The author's theme is that the unique political, social, and economic characteristics (i.e., the patterns) of each historical period affected the way that societies conducted war in each era. In contrast to the rapid changes in war and society brought by the Industrial Revolution and discussed in Addington's earlier work, The Patterns of War since the Eighteenth Century (CH, Jun'85), warfare evolved slowly before the 19th century in conjunction with the sluggish pace of social and technological change. Still, change did come, and those cultures that could create or adapt to new circumstances prospered militarily while the more traditional societies did not. Likewise, the best military leaders were those who could adjust to the particular conditions of each era. Addington (The Citadel) concentrates mainly on Europe and the Middle East, but he does cover Asian developments briefly, and also discusses warfare resulting from European colonization. Overall, the author has contributed a concise, highly readable survey of pre-19-century warfare. Maps; illustrations. All levels. P. L. De Rosa Boston School of Modern Languages


Choice Review

Addington's book describes the development of warfare from the Paleolithic era through the 18th century by placing military events in their historical context. The author's theme is that the unique political, social, and economic characteristics (i.e., the patterns) of each historical period affected the way that societies conducted war in each era. In contrast to the rapid changes in war and society brought by the Industrial Revolution and discussed in Addington's earlier work, The Patterns of War since the Eighteenth Century (CH, Jun'85), warfare evolved slowly before the 19th century in conjunction with the sluggish pace of social and technological change. Still, change did come, and those cultures that could create or adapt to new circumstances prospered militarily while the more traditional societies did not. Likewise, the best military leaders were those who could adjust to the particular conditions of each era. Addington (The Citadel) concentrates mainly on Europe and the Middle East, but he does cover Asian developments briefly, and also discusses warfare resulting from European colonization. Overall, the author has contributed a concise, highly readable survey of pre-19-century warfare. Maps; illustrations. All levels. P. L. De Rosa Boston School of Modern Languages


Table of Contents

Preface
1 Ancient Warfare before the Age of Rome Pre-civilzed Warfare, 200,000-3200 B.C
Warfare in the Near East, 3200-500 B.C
Early Western Warfare: The Greek Way, 499-362 B.C
The Macedonian Art of War and Alexander the Great Ancient Warfare in India and China
2 War in the Age of Rome The Roman Army, 509-146 B.C
Roman Expansion, Reforms, and Civil Wars to 29 B.C
The Army of Imperial Rome War in India, China, and Japan
3 War in the Middle Ages
The Byzantine Struggle to Survive Frankish Dominance and Charlemagne From Charlemagne to the Norman Conquest
The Age of the Crusades Medieval Warfare at Zenith
The Mongol Conquests and Medieval Russia
The Hundred Years War, 1337-1453
4 Early Modern Land Warfare, 1494-1721
The Wars for Italy, 1494-1559
The Dutch Revolt, 1568-1648
The Thirty Years War, 1618-1648
The Early Modern Army in England to 1661
The Age of Louis XIV and Peter the Great
The patterns of Land Warfare, 1494-1721
5 War under Sail and European Overseas Expansion to 1725
The Early Sailing Navies and the Armada Campaign of 1588
Navies of the 17th and 18th Centuries England+s Rise to Naval Supremacy European Overseas Expansion and Conquest
6 The Patterns of Neoclassical War, 1725-1789
Land Warfare in the Neoclassical Age
The European Navies in the Neoclassical Age European Wars of the Neoclassical Age
The Neoclassical Wars Overseas
The Legacies of the Neoclassical Age
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

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