By Cathal Nolan

ISBN-10: 0195383788

ISBN-13: 9780195383782

"History has tended to degree war's winners and losers when it comes to its significant engagements, battles during which the outcome was once so simple that they can be thought of "decisive." Cannae, Konigsberg, Austerlitz, halfway, Agincourt-all resonate within the literature of struggle and in our imaginations as tide-turning. yet those mythical battles may perhaps or would possibly not have decided the ultimate final result of the wars within which they were Read more...

summary: "History has tended to degree war's winners and losers by way of its significant engagements, battles within which the outcome was once so simple that they can be thought of "decisive." Cannae, Konigsberg, Austerlitz, halfway, Agincourt-all resonate within the literature of battle and in our imaginations as tide-turning. yet those mythical battles might or won't have made up our minds the ultimate final result of the wars during which they have been fought. Nor has the "genius" of the so-called nice Captains--from Alexander the nice to Frederick the nice and Napoleon--played a huge position. Wars are determined in alternative ways. Cathal J. Nolan's The attract of conflict systematically and engrossingly examines the nice battles, tracing what he calls "short-war thinking," the wish that victory may be rapid and wars short. As he proves persuasively, notwithstanding, such has virtually by no means been the case. Even the most important engagements have frequently contributed to victory or defeat by way of accelerating the erosion of the opposite side's defences. sizeable conflicts, the so-called "people's wars," starting with Napoleon and carrying on with till 1945, have consisted of and been made up our minds by way of lengthy stalemate and attrition, commercial wars during which the deciding upon issue has been now not army yet matériel. Nolan's masterful publication areas battles squarely and mercilessly in the context of the broader clash within which they came about. within the method it support corrects a distorted view of battle's function in conflict, changing renowned pictures of the "battles of annihilation" with somber appreciation of the commitments and human sacrifices made all through centuries of warfare fairly one of the nice Powers. available, provocative, exhaustive, and illuminating, The attract of conflict will spark clean debate concerning the historical past and behavior of warfare."--Provided by way of writer

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Velocity and accuracy-​at-​distance improvements came to all projectile weapons, with infantry rearmed over time with greater killing-​power-​at-​distance as short or long muscle-​drawn bows gave way to mechanically cranked, then to all-​steel crossbows. Primitive long guns known then as hand cannon (or “handgonnes”) pointed the way to later arquebuses, and eventually to fully developed matchlock muskets. Weapons thus became available that were increasingly capable of piercing the heaviest body armor.

An army of 100,000 ordinary men did an extraordinary thing: they saved Greece from conquest by the Persian Emperor Xerxes, preserving the uniquely dynamic culture of the Peloponnese by force of arms and their wondrous moral and physical courage. 6 Thus was born along with writing history the idea of battle as the great hinge turning the story of much larger things, and endless argument over causation and contingency. Is some great personage worthy of our praise or to blame for losing a cause or a kingdom in an afternoon?

It was carried out by the supremely able Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca, another of the universally acknowledged great 21 Battle in History 21 captains of antiquity. The campaign started after he crossed the Alps with Numidian cavalry and thousands of Gauls in close alliance. He won two sharp and bloody victories over Roman legions and their allies at the Trebia and Lake Trasimene that gave him control of northern Italy. e. His crack Numidian cavalry pinned down the Roman left wing, buying the time needed for Hannibal to curl his heavy horse around the Roman right wing to suggest an envelopment.

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