Battle: A History of Combat and Culture from Ancient Greece to Modern America (Hardback)
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Short Description for Battle This text spans the globe and the centuries to explore the way ideas shape the conduct of warfare. It rejects the fashionable notion of a "Western way of warfare" and replaces it with more nuanced concepts of varied and evolving cultural patterns of combat.
- Published: 01 June 2003
- Format: Hardback 432 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780813333717 ISBN 10: 0813333717
Full description for Battle
Spans the globe and the centuries to explore the way ideas shape the conduct of warfare Drawing on examples from Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and America, John A. Lynn challenges the belief that technology has been the dominant influence on combat from ancient times to the present. In battle, ideas can be more far more important than bullets or bombs. Carl von Clausewitz proclaimed that war is politics, but even more basically, war is culture. The hard reality of armed conflict is formed by - and, in turn, forms - a culture's values, assumptions, and expectations about fighting. The author examines the relationship between the real and the ideal, arguing that feedback between the two follows certain discernible paths. Battle rejects the currently fashionable notion of a 'Western way of warfare' and replaces it with more nuanced concepts of varied and evolving cultural patterns of combat. After considering history, Lynn finally asks how the knowledge gained might illuminate our understanding of the war on terrorism. The book includes a new Epilogue by the author.