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The Art Of War - Ellis Farneworth

Paperback Published: 5th July 2001
ISBN: 9780306810763
Number Of Pages: 336

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Voltaire said, "Machiavelli taught Europe the art of war; it had long been practiced, without being known." For Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), war was war, and victory the supreme aim to which all other considerations must be subordinated. "The Art of War" is far from an anachronism--its pages outline fundamental questions that theorists of war continue to examine today, making it essential reading for any student of military history, strategy, or theory. Machiavelli believed "The Art of War" to be his most important work.

Introductionp. ix
Selected Bibliographyp. lxxx
Note on the Textp. lxxxiv
Prefacep. 3
p. 7
In Cosimo Rucellai's garden, Fabrizio Colonna starts discussing the art of warp. 8
Imitation of the ancientsp. 11
Honest men should not make war their sole professionp. 14
No prince or republic should allow citizens to make war their sole professionp. 17
Where the best soldiers are to be foundp. 22
Should they be recruited from urban or rural areasp. 27
Pros and cons of a militiap. 28
What sort of men should be in an armyp. 33
How the Romans raised their legionsp. 35
Should a militia be large or smallp. 37
Preventing disorders militias may occasionp. 40
Raising and paying a cavalryp. 43
p. 44
The ancients' arms and armorp. 44
Contemporary arms and armor; the pikep. 46
Which arming methods are betterp. 47
Arming the infantry; necessity for cavalryp. 50
Which is the more dependablep. 52
Ancient and contemporary drillsp. 56
Forming a regiment; its battalions and companiesp. 61
Three principal means of arranging battalions in battle formationp. 65
Regrouping a battalion and making it face aboutp. 69
Formation for a lateral attackp. 70
Forming a winged and hollow-square battalionp. 71
A battalion's baggage, officers, and musicp. 74
Digression on military virtue and its rarity todayp. 76
Number of cavalry necessary for a regimentp. 81
p. 83
Roman battle formationp. 84
Macedonian, Roman, and Swiss formationsp. 85
Advisability of combining Greek and Roman methodsp. 86
Number of men in Roman armyp. 87
Recommendation for drawing up a regiment or armyp. 88
Description of a mock battlep. 92
Reasons for its various maneuversp. 95
Army's general exercisesp. 105
p. 110
Precautions and devices useful in drawing up an army, during action, and after battlep. 111
Two other formationsp. 121
When a general should engagep. 122
Rules generals should observep. 124
Avoiding battlesp. 125
Inspiring and calming an armyp. 126
Utility of religion in an armyp. 128
Making men fightp. 129
p. 130
Roman and contemporary means for marching through enemy territoryp. 130
Forming and defending an army in battle formationp. 131
Giving commandsp. 138
Provisioning an armyp. 139
Dividing spoilsp. 140
Avoiding ambushesp. 142
A general's familiarity with terrain: necessity for; means of acquiringp. 143
Other marching precautionsp. 144
Fording a river; avoiding battle while so doingp. 146
Avoiding enemy traps in passesp. 147
p. 150
How Greeks and Romans chose camp sitesp. 150
Setting up campp. 152
Guarding a campp. 161
Ancient military justicep. 163
Ancient regulations: women and gamblingp. 165
Striking campp. 165
Other considerations ancients used in choosing camp sitesp. 166
Providing against faminep. 167
Encamping 2 to 4 regimentsp. 168
Number of men needed to engagep. 169
How some generals escaped an enemyp. 170
Creating dissension in enemy ranksp. 173
Suppressing mutiny and discordp. 174
Advisability of letting the enemy become despondentp. 176
Securing a town suspected of disloyaltyp. 178
Fighting in winterp. 180
p. 183
Building and fortifying townsp. 183
Defending a besieged townp. 185
Advice to besieged and besiegerp. 192
Trusting appearancesp. 194
Drawing out a besieged garrisonp. 195
Corrupting and suprising a townp. 196
Guarding a besieged townp. 197
Communicating with the outsidep. 198
Repairing and defending a breachp. 199
Mines and subterranean passagesp. 199
Not dividing your menp. 200
Exposure to an assaultp. 201
General rules of military disciplinep. 202
Obtaining sufficient horsesp. 205
New devices and the general's usep. 205
Conclusionp. 206
Diagramsp. 213
Dedicatory Epistle to Elizabeth Ip. 231
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780306810763
ISBN-10: 030681076X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 5th July 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1