The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece

By Victor Davis Hanson

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The Greeks of the classical age invented not just the critical thought of Western politics--that the facility of country might be guided through a majority of its citizens--but additionally the valuable act of Western battle, the decisive infantry conflict. rather than ambush, skirmish, maneuver, or wrestle among person heroes, the Greeks of the 5th century b.c. devised a ferocious, short, and damaging head-on conflict among armed males of every age. during this daring, unique research, Victor Davis Hanson indicates how this brutal company used to be devoted to an analogous final result as consensual government--an unequivocal, immediate solution to dispute.

The Western means of War attracts from a unprecedented diversity of sources--Greek poetry, drama, and vase portray, in addition to historic records--to describe what truly came about at the battlefield. it's the first examine to discover the particular mechanics of classical Greek conflict from the vantage aspect of the infantryman--the brutal spear-thrusting, the trouble of battling in heavy bronze armor which made it demanding to determine, listen and circulation, and the terror. Hanson additionally discusses the actual situation and age of the lads, weaponry, wounds, and morale.

This compelling account of what occurred at the killing fields of the traditional Greeks finally indicates that their form of armament and conflict was once contrived to reduce time and existence misplaced through making the conflict event as decisive and appalling as attainable. Linking this new form of scuffling with to the increase of constitutional govt, Hanson increases new concerns and questions previous assumptions in regards to the heritage of war.

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