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by Victor Davis Hanson

Category: Ancient Civilizations
Subcategory: History books
Author: Victor Davis Hanson
ISBN: 0061142085
ISBN13: 978-0061142086
Language: English
Publisher: HarpPeren (December 12, 2006)
Pages: 240
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Victor Davis Hanson believes that the way we fight today is a direct descendant of the Greek method of fighting

Victor Davis Hanson believes that the way we fight today is a direct descendant of the Greek method of fighting. He contends that the successes of the Greeks against Persian armies dictated the development of war down to the present day. This is a huge contention and one that I believe he fails to support.

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The Ancient Greeks-who believed that war is the most important thing humans do-bequeathed to the West an incomparable military legacy that still influences the structure of armies and doctrine. Understand the reasons why their unique approach to fighting was so successful and so relentless, its role at the heart of classical culture, the rise of the city state, agrarian duels, the emergence of Athenian and Spartan power, the development of war as a specialized science, and the collapse of Greek warfare after Alexander the Great.

Автор: Hanson, Victor Название: A War Like No Other ISBN: 1400060958 ISBN-13(EAN) .

Instead of weighing up the West through its cultural and literary accomplishments.

Start by marking Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Smithsonian History of Warfare) as Want to Read . With specially commissioned battle maps and vivid illustrations, Victor Davis Hanson takes the reader into the heart of Greek warfare, classical beliefs, and heroic battles.

Start by marking Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Smithsonian History of Warfare) as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. This colorful portrait of ancient Greek culture explains why their approach to fighting was so ruthless and so successful.

Professor Hanson contends that the warfare of the Ancient Greeks was both an expression of Greek values and an enormous influence on every aspect of Greek civilization, from religion and philosophy to democracy. He also argues that, for a time, Greek warfare worked towards the preservation of an agrarian middle class (p. 66). The wars of Greek hoplites-a term probably derived from hopla, the Greek word for battle armor-originated with middling yeoman farmers seeking to defend their farms from neighboring Greeks or to expand the holdings of their own community.

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Smithsonian History of Warfare. Development of the Greek city-state and the rivalries of Athens and Sparta. Rise of Alexander the Great and the Hellenization of the Western world.

And what did the practice tell us about the values of the Greeks-and of the generals who persisted in an operation that often must have brought few tangible results in terms of destroying the material resources of the enemy? I posed these questions to my prospective thesis adviser, adding all sorts of further justifications. The topic was central to understanding the Peloponnesian War, I noted.

This brilliant account covers a millennium of Greek warfare. With specially commissioned battle maps and vivid illustrations, Victor Davis Hanson takes the reader into the heart of Greek warfare, classical beliefs, and heroic battles. This colorful portrait of ancient Greek culture explains why their approach to fighting was so ruthless and so successful.

Development of the Greek city-state and the rivalries of Athens and Sparta.

Rise of Alexander the Great and the Hellenization of the Western world.

Famous thinkers—Sophocles, Socrates, Demosthenes—who each faced his opponent in battle, armed with spear and shield.

Unsurpassed military theories that still influence the structure of armies and the military today.

Comments to eBook Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Smithsonian History of Warfare)
KiddenDan
good
Whitebinder
I was very impressed by the Book about the Ancient Greeks experiences with War. Mr. Hanson is a very capable writer who packs in a lot of detail into his narration. I especially liked his opinion on Alexander "The Great". (I shall not give it away as it is a joy to read.) Altogether it is well worth the coin and time if this is a subject you are interested in.
Captain America
This book examines the development of war in ancient Greece through the dark ages after the collapse of Mycenean civilization and through the Classical period, Hellenic Period and up to the conquest of Greece by Roman Legions.
First of all it is important to be aware that the author assumes the readers knowledge of primary texts of the era. He refers frequently to books such as Herodotous Histories, Thucydides Peloponnesian war, Xenophon's Anabasis and the works of Plutarch, Arrian, Polybius and Xeno amongst others.
Victor Davis Hanson believes that the way we fight today is a direct descendant of the Greek method of fighting. He contends that the successes of the Greeks against Persian armies dictated the development of war down to the present day.
This is a huge contention and one that I believe he fails to support. He speaks at length about the "Western way of war" without establishing how this differed significantly from other military systems. His contention that it was only in Greece that shock battle developed is flawed. Shaka, king of the Zulu nation, independently developed shock battle tactics, and he can be only one of many who came to the same end result from different starting points.
At times I felt that Hanson was trying to be sensationalist in making contentious statements that are ill supported by argument. Some examples of this tendancy are the following brave assertions!:
"The great Chinese military strategist Sun-tzu is sometimes cryptic, often mystical, and always part of some larger religious paradigm."
"Too many scholars like to compare Alexander to Hannibal or Napoleon. A far better match would be Hitler...."
"[The Hellenic Siege engine] was impractical gigantism on a magnitude comparable to the contemporary B-2 American bomber...."
However, in the end of the day what this book does give the reader is a well detailed account of some of the most important battles of the classical Greek and Alexandrian campaigns. Hanson focused primarily on infantry actions and comments little upon the naval engagements. But his analysis of battles involving heavy infantry phalanxes is detailed, interesting and enlightening. The illustrations of key battles serve as a useful visual guide to walk the reader through the events in sequence. And good use is made of contemporary illustrations from vase painting and sculpture to support the analysis.
A useful read for those with an interest in military history who want to concentrate on battles and the tactics involved.
Arador
This ebook has some typos in it, but nothing to prevent it from being informative.

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Malara
Outstanding!
Flathan
Delivered as expected and on time.
Puchock
This is an excellent summary of Victor Davis Hanson's views on Greek warfare presented in the format of a coffeetable-style book. This volume is superior to most books of this type because Davis Hanson's analysis is really a social history of Greek warfare, not the usual compendium of battles, campaigns, and military technology. Davis Hanson does a very nice job of presenting the historical development of Greek warfare from the emergence of citizen hoplite militias associated with the classical polis to the large standing armies associated with large Hellenistic states. For Davis Hanson, Greek military history is a key feature of classical history. The hoplite militia and hoplite battles are the ultimate expression of the relative egalitarianism and solidarity of the polis. Changes in military technology become semi-independent forces in classical history and an important aspect of the development of the polis and its replacement by authoritarian Hellenistic states. This book is a clear digest of Davis Hanson's very interesting views of classical history. His analysis is bold and largely convincing. One area, however, where I think he is on shaky ground is his assertion that the Greeks invented heavy infantry combat and set the pattern for Western warfare. He asserts further that this is distinctive feature of Western culture. While it is true that military innovators of the early modern period did draw on classical models, it is much more likely that the development of assault infantry in early modern Europe is re-invention, as opposed to re-discovery. Similarly, heavy infantry assault was independently developed by disparate non-Western societies such as the Zulus and the medieval Japanese. I think Davis Hanson has identified something that is characteristically human, as opposed to characteristically Western.
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