A History of Combat and Culture
By (author) John A. Lynn
Battle by John A. Lynn
Book DescriptionBattle: A History of Combat and Culture spans the globe and the centuries to explore the way ideas shape the conduct of warfare. Drawing its 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 day. 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 discernable 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813333724
(235mm x 156mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John A. Lynn
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John A. Lynn II examines the important roles of women who campaigned with armies from 1500 to 1815.
Giant of the Grand Siecle, Paperback (December 2006)
A detailed revisionist analysis of the seventeenth-century French army.
Wars of Louis XIV, 1667-1714, Paperback (May 1999)» View all books by John A. Lynn
A study of the wars during the reign of Louis XIV, this text sets the wars, and their consequences, in their full diplomatic, military, administrative and institutional contexts, providing an insight into 17th- and 18th-century warfare.
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Author Biography - John A. Lynn
John A. Lynn, an expert on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century warfare professor, is a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an adjunct professor at Ohio State University. He lives in Champaign, Illinois.
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