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Perilous Glory: The Rise of Western Military Power

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Description for Perilous Glory: The Rise of Western Military Power Paperback. Taking into account wars waged by virtually all civilizations since the beginning of recorded history, the author finds that despite enormous cultural differences, war was conducted in distinctly similar ways right up to the Military Revolution and the pursuit of technological warfare in the nineteenth century. Num Pages: 456 pages, 28 b/w illus. BIC Classification: 1QFH; HBW; JWA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 229 x 156 x 35. Weight in Grams: 694.

A major new history of war that challenges our understanding of military dominance and how it is achieved

This expansive book surveys the history of warfare from ancient Mesopotamia to the Gulf War in search of a deeper understanding of the origins of Western warfare and the reasons for its eminence today. Historian John France explores the experience of war around the globe, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. His bold conclusions cast doubt on well-entrenched attitudes about the development of military strength, the impact of culture on warfare, the future of Western dominance, and much more.

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Yale University Press
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About John France
John France is professor emeritus, Department of History and Classics, Swansea University. He lives in Swansea, UK.

Reviews for Perilous Glory: The Rise of Western Military Power
"'This is a powerful book, opinionated but crisply argued, and packed with information... It's hard to think of a more impressive single-volume history of the not-only Western way of war.' (Noel Malcolm, The Sunday Telegraph) 'A splendidly sweeping account of warfare from the Stone Age to cyberspace... What makes France's book so enjoyable is that he is forever questioning received ... Read more

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