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Warfare in the Ancient World (Hardback)

Ancient History Military

By Brian Todd Carey, Illustrations by Joshua B Allfree, Illustrations by John Cairns
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 100 Maps & 30 Illustrations
ISBN: 9781844151738
Published: 30th September 2005
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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WARFARE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD explores how civilizations and cultures made war on the battlefields of the Near East and Europe between the rise of civilization in Mesopotamia in the late fourth millennium BC and the fall of Rome. Through an exploration of twenty-one selected battles, military historian Brian Todd Carey surveys the changing tactical relationships between the four weapon systems – heavy and light infantry and heavy and light cavalry – focusing on how shock and missile combat evolved from tentative beginnings in the Bronze Age to the highly developed military organization created by the Romans. Dozens of multiphase tactical maps are included in this fascinating introduction to the art of war in antiquity. The result is a synthetic work that will be essential reading for students and armchair military historians alike.

An interesting and thought-provoking book and one i would recommend, especially to anyone looking for a brief introduction to ancient warfare.

Miniature Wargames

This is an ambitious book that sets out to cover four and a half thousand years of military history, from the rise of the first civilisations in the Near East to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. The cover lists three authors, but the text was all written by Brian Todd Carey, an Assistant Professor of History and Military History at the American Military University. Allfree and Cairns have produced the maps that illustrate the main battles.

The maps fall into two types - geographical maps showing the extent of various empires and the routes of key campaigns and battlefield maps that show the terrain, the initial layout of the armies and the main phases of the battle (each of which gets its own map showing the starting positions of the armies at each point and their movements). Both are useful, especially the battle maps which nicely support the text.

I would say that this is a useful introduction to this topic for the serious reader looking for somewhere to start.

War History Online

An interesting study of the development of military organisation and strategy across several millennia, from Bronze Age Mesopotamia to the last days of Rome. The twenty one highlighted battles serve to describe the gradual evolution in the composition and arrangement of these forces, tracing the introduction of new weapons and tactics which enabled one power to dominate, and those which were in turn developed by their opponents to overcome them. The main part of the narrative is concerned with the Roman Army and the various compositions which it employed from its rise to its fall, and it is when discussing Greece and Rome that far more detailed sources can be drawn upon to give a very real sense of how these armies worked. Full of useful insights for anyone with an interest in ancient warfare.

www.pegasusarchive.org

Warfare in the Ancient World, by Brian Todd Carey, Joshua B. Allfree and John Cairns was first printed in 2005, but is now out in a Pen and Sword Military paperback. The book is the first of a two-volume history of pre-modern warfare. The second starts with the end of our period and the start of the Middle Ages. Warfare in the Ancient World shows that the military and civilization evolved together, taking four and a half millennia to reach what the authors describe as a level sufficiently sophisticated to be capable of sending out 150,000 men to the battlefield.

ancienthistory.about.com

An interesting study of the development of military organisation and strategy across several millennia, from Bronze Age Mesopotamia to the last days of Rome. The twenty one highlighted battles serve to describe the gradual evolution in the composition and arrangement of these forces, tracing the introduction of new weapons and tactics which enabled one power to dominate, and those which were in turn developed by their opponents to overcome them. The main part of the narrative is concerned with the Roman Army and the various compositions which it employed from its rise to its fall, and it is when discussing Greece and Rome that far more detailed sources can be drawn upon to give a very real sense of how these armies worked. Full of useful insights for anyone with an interest in ancient warfare.

Pegasus Archive

Warfare in the Ancient World, by Brian Todd Carey, Joshua B. Allfree and John Cairns was first printed in 2005, but is now out in a Pen and Sword Military paperback. The book is the first of a two-volume history of pre-modern warfare. The second starts with the end of our period and the start of the Middle Ages. Warfare in the Ancient World shows that the military and civilization evolved together, taking four and a half millennia to reach what the authors describe as a level sufficiently sophisticated to be capable of sending out 150,000 men to the battlefield.

Ancient History

This first work of a two-volume set serves as a solid introduction to ancient warfare. Carey analyzes the main tactical systems in light of Archer Jones’s tactical matrix (heavy infantry, heavy cavalry, light infantry, light cavalry). Nice selection of key battles. Excellent diagrams and maps. Glossary and select bibliography.

Steven D. Fratt, Oxford Bibliographies

This is an interesting work with a lot of clearly presented information and will be useful to history students in military schools and to amateur historians

Anthony J. Papalas, Journal of Military History
 Brian Todd Carey

About Brian Todd Carey

Brian Todd Carey is an Assistant Professor of History and Military History at the American Public University System, where he has taught ancient, medieval, and early modern military history for over twenty years. His first two books, Warfare in the Ancient World and Warfare in the Medieval World, cover the history of warfare in western civilization from the Bronze Age through the Thirty Years' War. His other publications include Hannibal’s Last Battle and Road to Manzikert: Byzantine and Islamic Warfare, 527-1071.


About Joshua B Allfree

Joshua B. Allfree is an IT project manager supporting the US Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He retired from the US Army as a Sergeant Major in 2014 after a 34-year career in the fields of both combat arms and information technology. He is a member of the Society for Military History.


About John Cairns

John Cairns is a professional software developer with a special emphasis on computer cartography. In collaboration with Joshua Allfree, he has worked with author Brian Todd Carey to produce Warfare in the Ancient World, Warfare in the Medieval World, Hannibal’s Last Battle and Road to Manzikert.

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