"... a concise, highly readable survey of pre- 19th-century warfare." Choice
"A remarkable tour de force covering a vast span of time, different cultures, warfare by land and sea." Gunther Rothenberg
A history of war and warfare from ancient to early modern times, Larry Addington's new book completes his survey of the patterns of war in the Western world. It explains not only what happened in warfare but why war in a certain time and culture took on distinct and recognizable patterns.
A brief, conventional military history, with short sections on tactics, technology, and organization. Suitable for high school; college students would probably find it too facile. Covers prehistory through the French revolution, as a companion to Addington's books on modern warfare. Paper edition (unseen), $10.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)