War in Ancient Egypt

Author: Anthony J. Spalinger
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470777508
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book is an introduction to the war machine of New Kingdom Egypt from c. 1575 bc–1100 bc. Focuses on the period in which the Egyptians created a professional army and gained control of Syria, creating an “Empire of Asia”. Written by a respected Egyptologist. Highlights new technological developments, such as the use of chariots and siege technology. Considers the socio-political aspects of warfare, particularly the rise to power of a new group of men. Evaluates the military effectiveness of the Egyptian state, looking at the logistics of warfare during this period. Incorporates maps and photographs, a chronological table, and a chart of dynasties and pharaohs

The Measure of Civilisation

Author: Ian Morris
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847658644
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In Why the West Rules - For Now Ian Morris argues that to understand the development of East and West, we need to look beyond 'long-term lock-in' theories (that suggest it was inevitable) and 'short-term accident' theories. Instead, we need to measure social development - a group's ability to master its environment to get things done - and use the results to look at the patterns of history. Why the West Rules - For Now briefly describes the methods used to calculate Eastern and Western social development scores since the ice age; in The Measure of Civilisation, Morris expands upon these methods, discussing possible objections to this approach, and providing fascinating accounts of his gathering of evidence for his calculations. It is a magnificent account of where our understanding of the development of East and West comes from, and an unusual insight into a master thinker at work.

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

Author: Toby Wilkinson
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408810026
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A brilliantly readable, beautifully illustrated general history of ancient Egypt, from the builders of the first pyramids to Cleopatra

Untersuchungen zur Thinitenzeit

Author: Wolfgang Helck
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
ISBN: 9783447026772
Format: PDF, ePub
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Die am Anfang der agyptischen Geschichte stehende sogenannte "Thinitenzeit" ist diejenige Epoche Agyptens, in der sich eine Kultur in den Hauptzugen formte. Als Vorarbeit zu einer umfassenden Betrachtung und als Schritt zu einem besseren Verstandnis dieser Zeit sind in dem Werk drei Hauptbereiche herausgegriffen: 1. Eine Untersuchung der geistesgeschichtlichen Voraussetzungen, soweit wir sie aus der spateren Uberlieferung, besonders aus den Ritualen, erkennen konnen. 2. Eine Auflistung der historischen Gegebenheiten dieser Epoche, wobei besonders auch die wirtschaftlichen Denkmaler in die Betrachtung mit einbezogen sind. 3. Reflexionen uber die Titulaturketten der uns bekannten einflussreichen Personen dieser Zeit bis in die Mitte der 3. Dynastie.

War and Peace in the Ancient World

Author: Kurt A. Raaflaub
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470775475
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book is the first to focus on war and peace in the ancient world from a global perspective. The first book to focus on war and peace in the ancient world Takes a global perspective, covering a large number of early civilizations, from China, India and West Asia, through the Mediterranean to the Americas Features contributions from nineteen distinguished scholars, all of whom are experts in their fields Offers remarkable insights into the different ways in which ancient societies dealt with a common human challenge Requires no prior historical knowledge, making it suitable for non-specialists

War Trade With the Pharaohs

Author: Garry J Shaw
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473885833
Format: PDF
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The ancient Egyptians presented themselves as superior to all other people in the world; on temple walls, the pharaoh is shown smiting foreign enemies – people from Nubia, Libya and the Levant – or crushing them beneath his chariot. Officially, foreigners represented disorder and chaos – the opposite of Egypt’s perfect land of justice and order. But despite such imagery, from the beginning of their history, the Egyptians also enjoyed friendly relations with neighboring cultures; both Egyptians and foreigners crossed the deserts and seas exchanging goods gathered from across the known world. They shared knowledge and technology, and sometimes settled abroad, marrying and acculturating. Through such interactions, the Egyptians influenced other cultures, and at the same time were themselves shaped by foreign contacts and external events. War & Trade with the Pharaohs explores Egypt’s connections with the wider world over the course of 3,000 years, introducing readers to ancient diplomacy, travel, trade, warfare, domination, and immigration – both Egyptians living abroad and foreigners living in Egypt. It covers military campaigns and trade in periods of strength – including such important events as the Battle of Qadesh under Ramesses II and Hatshepsut’s trading mission to the mysterious land of Punt – and Egypt’s foreign relations during times of political weakness, when foreign dynasties ruled parts of the country. From early interactions with traders on desolate desert tracks, to sunken Mediterranean trading vessels, the Nubian Kingdom of Kerma, Nile fortresses, the Sea Peoples, and Persian satraps, there is always a rich story to tell behind Egypt’s foreign relations.

Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World

Author: Anthony Spalinger
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004251170
Format: PDF, ePub
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This volume presents a series of cultural reactions to successful military public proclamations by various peoples of the ancient Mediterranean world, illustrating points of similarity and diversity, and demonstrating the complex and multifaceted nature of this trans-cultural practice.

New Perspectives on Ancient Warfare electronic Resource

Author: Garrett G. Fagan
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004185984
Format: PDF, Docs
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"New Perspectives on Ancient Warfare" explores the armies of antiquity from Assyria and Persia, to classical Greece and Rome. The studies illustrate the ways in which technology, innovation, cultural exchange, and tactical developments transformed ancient warfare by land and sea.

Warfare in the Ancient World

Author: Brian Todd Carey
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1848846304
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Warfare in the Ancient World explores how civilizations and cultures made war on the battlefields of the Near East and Europe between the rise of civilization in Mesopotamia in the late fourth millenium BC and the fall of Rome. Through a exploration of twenty-six selected battles, military historian Brian Todd Carey surveys the changing tactical relationships between the four weapon systems - heavy and light infantry and hevay and light cavalry - focusing on how shock and missile combat evolved from tentative beginnings in the Bronze Age to the highly developed military organization created by the Romans. The art of warfare reached a very sophisticated level of development during this three millenia span. Commanders fully realized the tactical capabilities of shock and missile combat in large battlefield situations. Modern principles of war, like the primacy of the offensive, mass, and economy of force, were understood by pre-modern generals and applied on battlefields throughout the period. Through the use of dozens of multiphase tactical maps, this fascinating introduction to the art of war during western civilization’s ancient and classical periods pulls together the primary and secondary sources and creates a powerful historical narrative. The result is a synthetic work that will be essential reading for students and armchair historians alike.