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The Art of War in Western World - Archer Jones

The Art of War in Western World

Paperback Published: 19th December 2000
ISBN: 9780252069666
Number Of Pages: 768

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"The magnum opus of one of America's most respected military historians, "The Art of War in the Western World" has earned its place as the standard work on how the three major operational components of war - tactics, logistics, and strategy - have evolved and changed over time. This monumental work encompasses 2,500 years of military history, from infantry combat in ancient Greece through the dissolution of the Roman Empire to the Thirty Years' War and from the Napoleonic campaigns through World War II, which Jones sees as the culmination of modern warfare, to the Israeli-Egyptian War of 1973".

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"No other similar work so thoroughly and objectively highlights the strategic, tactical and logistic continuities and changes that have animated war from the time of the ancient Greeks to the Yom Kippur War. No other work steps through the past twenty-five centuries with more impartiality... There has not been such a comprehensive and useful book in generations." -- Alan Gropman, Washington Post "With keen insight and powerful prose, historian Archer Jones culminates a lifetime of study, reading, and writing about military history with this seminal work. With great clarity and precision, Jones examines 2,500 years of recorded conflict in the Western world, and extrapolates the operational techniques of tactics, logistics, and weapon systems that have provided a continuum through the years." -- Mike Fisher, Infantry "A masterful 2,500-year overview of the operational aspects of land-based warfare in the West, with appeal for both fans of military history and general readers... An altogether splendid synthesis." -- Kirkus Reviews "This book displays Archer Jones's unparalleled mastery of tactical and operational military history over a broad chronological span." -- Russell F. Weigley, author of History of the United States Army "Archer Jones's work has no current competition as a broadly based military history for the general American reader... Excellent reading." -- Theodore Ropp, author of War in the Modern World

Ancient Warfarep. 1
Tacticsp. 2
Logisticsp. 45
Strategyp. 54
Summary of Warfare on Landp. 81
Naval Warfarep. 86
The Diversity of the Medieval Ways of War, 200-1200p. 92
The Dissolution of the Roman Empirep. 92
Changes in Military Organization and Tactical Emphasisp. 93
Least Effort Exemplified: Byzantine Tactics and Strategyp. 95
The Stirrup's Enhancement of the Effectiveness of Cavalryp. 102
Western Europe's Struggle against Raidersp. 104
William's Combined-Arms Army in the Conquest of Englandp. 109
Attack and Defense of Fortificationsp. 114
Medieval Tacticsp. 118
Medieval Strategy: The Evesham and Bouvines Campaignsp. 123
Examples of an Offensive Persisting Strategy against Raidersp. 127
Combined-Arms Combat in the Crusadesp. 134
Jenghiz Khan and Mongol Warfarep. 142
Summary of Medieval Tactics and Strategyp. 144
The Emergence of a New Combined-Arms Tactical Synthesis, 1200-1600p. 148
The French Version of Medieval Warfarep. 148
Changes in Logisticsp. 150
Changes in Weaponsp. 151
Persisting Strategy and the Completion of the English Conquest of Walesp. 154
The English Combined-Arms Tactical System in Scotlandp. 156
The Beginning of the Hundred Years' War and the Crecy Campaignp. 161
The Hundred Years' War: English Raids and French Persisting Strategyp. 165
English Persisting Strategy in the Last Phase of the Hundred Years' Warp. 169
The Experience of the English Tactical System in Spainp. 173
The Wagenburgp. 174
The Swiss Heavy Infantryp. 175
The Least Effort Warfare of the Italian Condottierip. 178
Regional Tactical Systems in Conflict: The French Invasion of Italyp. 182
The Search for a Combined-Arms Synthesis: Italian Battles, 1512-25p. 186
The Spanish Combined-Arms Tacticsp. 190
The New Fortificationsp. 194
Another Influence of Technology on Tacticsp. 195
The Manpower System in 1600p. 199
Sixteenth-Century Battles, Campaigns, and Strategyp. 202
Revolution in Naval Tactics and Logisticsp. 209
The New Tactical Synthesis in Transition, 1600-1700p. 214
The Logistics of the Thirty Years' Warp. 214
Gustavus Adolphus's Development of the Dutch Tactical Systemp. 221
Gustavus's Persisting Strategy and Employment of Distractionp. 223
Gustavus's Exploitation of the Triumph of His Linear System at Breitenfeldp. 232
Gustavus against Wallenstein: Logistic and Combat Strategiesp. 237
The Impact of Gustavus's Tacticsp. 243
The Logistics of the Late Seventeenth Centuryp. 252
Representative Late Seventeenth-Century Campaigns and Battlesp. 256
The Development of Missile Warfare at Seap. 263
The Primacy of the Line of Bayoneted Muskets, 1700-1791p. 267
The Bayonet, the Flintlock, and Further Changes in Tacticsp. 267
Eighteenth-Century Logisticsp. 272
The Strategy and Tactics of Marlborough's Campaignsp. 274
Persisting Strategy in North Italyp. 283
The Evolution of the Linear Systemp. 289
Tactics and Strategy as Exemplified in the Silesian Wars of Frederick the Greatp. 294
The Seven Years' War: Tactics and Strategy in Defense against the Logistic Effects of a Persisting Strategyp. 297
Changes in Attrition in Relation to the Composition of Armiesp. 308
Significant Developments in French Military Thoughtp. 309
Warfare in the Western Hemispherep. 317
Warfare at Seap. 318
Tactical and Strategic Transformation in the Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon, 1791-1815p. 320
The Tactics and Strategy of the Opening Campaigns in the Northp. 320
The Advent of General Bonapartep. 330
The Strategic Turning Movement of the Marengo Campaignp. 337
Napoleonic Operations on a Larger Scale: The Strategic Turning Movement of Ulm and Distraction and Concentration at Austerlitzp. 342
Some Characteristics of Napoleon's Campaignsp. 347
The Augmented Significance of Numerical Superiorityp. 351
Some Later Napoleonic Campaignsp. 353
Operations in Spain: The French Encounter the Raiding Strategy of Guerrilla Warfarep. 358
The Foundations of the French Conquestsp. 367
The Military Legacy of the Napoleonic Erap. 372
The Tactics of Warfare at Seap. 377
The Strategy of Warfare at Seap. 381
Technological Change and Doctrinal Stability, 1815-1914p. 387
The Continuation of the Napoleonic Tradition in Radetzky's Victoriesp. 387
The Midcentury's New Infantry Weaponsp. 390
The Prussian Staff and Manpower Systemp. 392
The New Prussian Army in Action against Austriap. 396
Decisive Turning Movements in the Franco-Prussian Warp. 398
A Summary of the Tactics, Logistics, and Strategy of the Franco-Prussian Warp. 407
The Strategy of the American Civil Warp. 409
Two Instances of Combating the Raiding Strategy of Guerrilla Warfarep. 418
European Weapons, Armies, and Doctrine on the Eve of World War Ip. 419
The Revolution in Naval Materiel and its Use in the Russo-Japanese Warp. 423
The Apogee of the Defense: World War I, 1914-18p. 434
The German Concentration on Interior and Effort to Turn the Frenchp. 434
The Tactical, Logistical, and Strategic Conditions of the Warp. 439
The German Exploitation of Interior Lines and a Turning Movement to Defeat the Russiansp. 441
The Opening Naval Campaignsp. 443
Allied Naval Predominance Confirmed: The Battle of Jutlandp. 446
The Submarine as a Commerce Raiderp. 447
The Dominance of Artillery in the Siege Warfare on Landp. 449
The Development and Utility of Air Forcesp. 450
The Tactics of Trench Warfarep. 456
The War in 1915 and 1916p. 459
The Search for a Technological Solution to the Tactical Deadlockp. 463
The German Quest for Victory through a Logistic Strategy Using Submarinesp. 467
The New German Method of Defensep. 467
The New German Doctrine for Attackp. 472
The Campaigns of 1918 on the Western Frontp. 475
The Turning Movement through Superior Mobility: The Megiddo Campaignp. 480
Summary of the Changes in Weapons, Tactics, and Logisticsp. 483
Prelude to Renewed Conflict, 1919-39p. 489
The Full Development of Four New Weapon Systemsp. 489
The French in Morocco: New Weapons and Old Strategyp. 497
Tactical and Strategic Use of Aircraftp. 501
A Russian Cannaep. 501
The Navies' Response to the New Weaponsp. 502
Doctrinal Diversityp. 504
The Climax of Modern Warfare: World War II, 1939-45p. 508
The German Victory over Polandp. 508
The French and German Armiesp. 510
French and German Plansp. 518
The New German Offensive Planp. 520
The German Breakthrough in May 1940p. 523
The Causes of the German Breakthroughp. 534
The German Turning Movementp. 535
The German Victory: Napoleonic Warfare with Four Weapon Systemsp. 539
Air Power in a Decisive Role: The Battle of Britainp. 544
The Strategic and Tactical Conditions of the Russo-German Warp. 548
The Strategic Envelopments of the 1941 Campaign in Russiap. 552
The Debacle of the German Logistic Strategy of 1942 and the Conclusion of the Russo-German Warp. 557
Distraction, Concentration, and Turning Movement Again: The Landing and Campaign in Normandyp. 559
The British Inauguration of Mounted Warfare in North Africa and the Defeat of the Italiansp. 563
The Warfare of the Mounted British and German Armiesp. 565
New and Improved Weaponsp. 569
The Interaction of Technology with Strategyp. 576
Strategic Bombingp. 578
Combat at Sea with Two Types of Capital Shipsp. 583
The German Submarine Campaignp. 589
After the World Wars: Consolidation and Technological Change, 1945-85p. 596
Changes in Weaponsp. 596
The All-Mounted Armyp. 601
The Israeli-Egyptian War of 1973p. 602
The Tactical Mixture of Old and Newp. 609
Continuity and Changep. 613
Sea and Air Warfarep. 613
Tacticsp. 622
Logisticsp. 643
Strategyp. 648
Notesp. 717
Indexp. 725
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ISBN: 9780252069666
ISBN-10: 0252069668
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 768
Published: 19th December 2000
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 1.31