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Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Januar 2003

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: St Martins Pr; Auflage: First. (Januar 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312309325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312309329
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,8 x 2,6 x 25,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 279.159 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Simon Anglim is a researcher at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and has published widely on military history through the ages. Phyllis G. Jestice is Assistant Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Rob S. Rice is a professor at the American Military University. Scott M. Rusch has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. John Serrati is a Lecturer at St. Leonard's College at the University of St. Andrews in the U.K.

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15 von 17 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Uwe Ritzkowski am 19. Mai 2005
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Vor kurzem habe ich mir dieses Buch geordert und bin rundum zufrieden. Es ist nur schade und bedauerlich, daß es bislang (und wohl auch zukünftig) keine deutsche Ausgabe dieses Titels geben wird. Deshalb will ich es hier allen denjenigen empfehlen, die sich für den Krieg bzw. die Kriegsführung in der Antike interessieren. Das Buch ist reichhaltig illustriert (sehr schöne Gemälde und Zeichnungen von Kriegern/Kämpfern und deren Bewaffnung in Training/Einsatz aus verschiedenen Epochen - z.B. aus der Zeit Alexanders des Großen oder des römischen Reiches - sowie Karten/schematische Darstellungen vieler wichtiger Schlachten des Altertums. Im Text werden schwerpunktmäßig folgende Themen behandelt (sinngemäß deutsch übersetzt): 1. Die Rolle der Infantrie, 2. Kriegsführung der Kavallerie, 3. Kommandieren und Kontrollieren, 4. Belagerung als Mittel der Kriegsführung, 5. Kriegsführung zur See. Inhaltlich wird der Zeitraum von 3000 vor Christi bis 500 nach Christi abgehandelt, wobei die frühe Zeit eher knapp dargestellt wird (eher kurze Anmerkungen zu den Babyloniern, Assyrern, Hethitern, Ägyptern u.s.w.), ausführlich dagegen vor allem die Kriegsführung des römischen Reiches. Ein klasse Buch !
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102 von 114 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Misleading title but basically good 11. Juni 2004
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The first thing I have to say is that evidently the authors and I understand the term "fighting techniques" differently. Doing a quick search for books with "fighting techniques" in the title will show that the term is generally held to refer to specific techniques and skills used in hand-to-hand combat. I was hoping to find some exploration of this, but it rated hardly a mention.
Having said that, the book was a good solid overview of Ancient warfare, equipment, tactics, command and control, siegecraft. Nothing dramatically new (including many of the pictures) but if you want a sound book on ancient equipment and tactics, then I can recommend this one.
There were a few strange assertions, like the claim that a particular bow had an effective range of 600m, over twice the length of the longest recorded bowshot! While I'm on bows, when will people realise that 'firing' a bow is an act of arson, not one of war! Firearms are fired, bows are shot. And the multitude of authors resulted in some strange inconsistency in terminology, like mail being referred to by about three different names, none historically correct. The text also contained more than a reasonable number of typos and grammatical errors. The whole work felt rushed.
Despite my misgivings, if you're after a good general work on ancient warfare, this is a fine book. Just don't expect to see any specific fighting techniques described.
Stephen Hand
Author of Medieval Sword and Shield:
The Combat System of Royal Armouries MS I.33
26 von 26 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Good Survey Work 28. April 2003
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Pro: Good survey of ancient warfare from Ancient Egypt and Sumeria through the Roman Empire. Physical quality is excellent. The authors are knowledgeable and competent. Extensive use of drawings, maps and art work is useful and effective.
Con: Nothing really new here - much of the excellent art work is borrowed from older works. The authors cover the topics well but do not offer more insight into ancient warfare then previously offerred by earlier out-of-print works by authors such as John Wharry, Sir John Hackett, and Peter Connolly.
Bottom Line: If you need just one general purpose book on the subject, this does the job well. If you need more than a survey of ancient warfare, take a pass on this book and go after the works listed in the bibliography.
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History Through Warfare 101 3. November 2004
Von Jonathan A. Goss - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I must admit this book was a slight disappointment. After reading previous reviews and poring over the book's sample pages I had counted on this being an exhaustive work on Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World. Instead, it's more of a history lesson chronicling ancient cultures and their socio-economic along with politico-militaristic reasons for adopting certain types of equipment. Very little attention is actually given to "fighting techniques".

There is quite a bit of information on weapons and armor and a moderate amount of information about how these were used in battles, but for the most part you read about the "hows" and "whys" of nations adopting certain weapons, armor, auxillary elements and not a concentrated explanation of their various roles and advantages in battles. This information IS in there, it's just a bit less substantial than I had anticipated and hoped for. But the book does offer an overwhelming myriad of pictures, sculptures, drawings, paintings, etchings, carvings, and diagrams to help illustrate their various topical points. This is supplimented by the best feature of the book: The battle layouts.

There are roughly 18-20 full color, bird's eye view templates regarding major battles from Marathon to Mylae. These are wonderfully done and show each major step in the individual battle's progression. These are the real gems of the book.

As a whole this book is worth checking out, the extensive in-depth analysis of naval, siege, mounted, and infantry warfare equipment and tactics are astounding. Every page has at least one picture or diagram, and quite a few have scetches and layouts of various army formations, strategies, and planned progressive maneuvers. The only thing that is irksome is that you have to trudge through the history lessons and the campaign chronologies to get to the good stuff.

In the end it's worth the money, but for God's sake go Used! And expect to spend as much time reading about the history and events leading UP TO a military tactic or piece of equipment as you would on the tactic or equipment itself.
18 von 20 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Leaves me wanting a little more 6. September 2005
Von Neil - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book is very good at describing ancient warfare and tactics. It gives a description of various famous historical battles and the reasons why the battle ended in the manner it did. While I enjoyed that aspect of the book I was hoping for a few other things. I wanted to see more actual pictures or re-creations of the instruments of war. They use too many line drawings I think. I'd also like to see more discussion on the evolution of thought behind the war machines themselves. The writings on battle strategies is good, though.

I approached this book less interested in warfare specifically as much as I was interested in the technology and development of that technology in the instruments of war. If you're looking for that perspective you may not find it totally satisfying. However, the book is still an interesting read and you'll learn a lot and just how oversimplified the teaching in schools has become on ancient wars.
22 von 28 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Ancient Soldiers and Armies Come to Life 21. Juli 2004
Von Patrick Rivette - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an extremely well written and illustrated book on Ancient Warfare. Since it covers such a broad period of time it is not as detailed as some might prefer but, in my opinion, that is what makes it such a good book. Not only can you easily visualize the soldiers, generals, and their equipment, you will easily understand the use of the different types of equipment, tactics, and the dynamics of battle without already having an in depth knowledge of the subject. I guess I am just a sucker for any well written and illustrated book on the Greeks and Romans but I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves and is knowledgeable of this period of history or knows very little and wants to learn for the first time.
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