John keegan a history of warfare pdf

The historian who departs from chronology takes risks. Apple Android Windows Phone Android To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. or. Armies were simultaneously brought under a much more uniform and rigid discipline, not completely dissimilar to the military slavedom of the Mamelukes and janissaries, as discipline was harsh, most civil rights were denied, and individuality was surrendered. The author believes that a warrior culture, embodied in the military men whom he regards with a complicated and intense mixture of admiration and loathing, explains war.

From the point of view of military history, the crusades provide the most accurate picture we possess of the culture and nature of European warfare in the period between the fall of the western Roman empire and the reemergence of state forces in the 16th century. Keegan the author tries to reconcile his warring souls by defining all exceptionally savage but non-European warriors as Clausewitzians. Keegan’s chapters have enigmatic titles Stone, Flesh, Iron, Fire interspersed with interludes on such matters as fortications and logistics.

The rise of medieval Europe causes the raising of money for castles, with infantry being paid to dig under castles for their destruction. Paradoxically, these same developments proved decisive when fighting opponents in the irregular steppe tradition that had so frustrated the Crusaders, as seen in the wars between Hapsburg Austria and the Ottomens, and between Britain and the Moghuls in India. Thus, Keegan the prophet praises the gentle (because symbolic) aspects of primitive warfare, hoping that modern man will adopt its characteristics. Warfare began with the sporadic violence of the earliest stone age hunter gatherers, and intensified as they clashed with early agriculturalists.

That may be true of the cold facts of economics, but the facts of war are not cold. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. This Mediterranean galley warfare was essentially the same amphibious undertaking that it had been 2000 years before. Thus, when Shaka welded the Zulu nation into the most formidable fighting force in Africa, he did so, according to Keegan, as a Clausewitzian in revolt against the benign traditions of primitive warfare.

Greek warfare, defined by the city state militia infantry and the tactics of the phalanx, as well as the particular topographical conditions in Greece, is explored in fascinating detail, and appears to have been a particularly intense and brutal way to fight. See all buying options A History Of Warfare £12.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Greek naval warfare, and the culmination of phalanx water in Macedon and Alexander’s conquests in Asia, are also examined in detail. Keegan the prophet, alas, seized control of this book, and uses it as a high place from which to hurl invective against his personal demon, who goes by the unlikely name of Carl von Clausewitz.

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