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Warfare in the Ancient World (Paperback)

9781781592632

Ancient History

By Brian Todd Carey
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9781781592632
Published: 8th May 2013
Last Released: 23rd November 2016

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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
 Brian Todd Carey

About Brian Todd Carey

Brian Todd Carey, Joshua B Allfree and John Cairns are the same team that produced Warfare in the Ancient World, Warfare in the Medieval World, and Hannibal's Last Battle for Pen & Sword.

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