List of IllustrationsList of MapsPrefaceIntroduction: The Origins of Warfare1. Warfare of the Ancient Empires2. War and Society in the Classical West3. Migrations and Invasions4. European Chivalry and the Rise of Islam5. Eastern Styles of Warfare6. The Age of Gunpowder and Sail7. New Signs of Total War8. Absolutism and War9. The Revolutionary Era10. The Beginnings of Industrial Warfare11. The West Conquers the World12. Twentieth-Century Militarisms and Technological Warfare13. Third World WarsEpilogue: The Future of War and PeaceIndex
All four authors are professors of history at the University of
Calgary, Canada. Christon I. Archer is the editor
of The Wars of Independence in Spanish America.
John R. Ferris is the author of The Evolution of British Strategic Policy, 1919-1926.
Holger H. Herwig is a coauthor of The Grand Illusion: The Prussianization of the Chilean Army (Nebraska 1999).
Timothy H. E. Travers is the author of Gallipoli 1915.
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