The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece

TitleThe Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHanson, Victor Davis, and John Keegan
Number of Pages320
PublisherUniversity of California Press
CityBerkeley
Abstract

The Greeks of the classical age invented not only the central idea of Western politics—that the power of state should be guided by a majority of its citizens—but also the central act of Western warfare: the decisive infantry battle. Instead of ambush, skirmish, or combat between individual heroes, the Greeks of the fifth century B.C. devised a ferocious, brief, and destructive head-on clash between armed men of all ages. In this bold, original study, Victor Davis Hanson shows how this brutal enterprise was dedicated to the same outcome as consensual government—an unequivocal, instant resolution to dispute. Linking this new style of fighting to the rise of constitutional government, Hanson raises new issues and questions old assumptions about the history of war.

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