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Ripples of Battle: How the Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think
 
 
Author
Victor Davis Hanson.
Publisher Anchor  
Format as is, paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780385721943
Pages/Publication Date 278/2004
Daedalus Item Code 12453
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The effects of war do not remain local, argues Victor Davis Hanson; they persist through the centuries, sometimes in unlikely ways far removed from the military arena. Here he weaves military and cultural history, profiles of key figures, and gripping battle narratives to illuminate the centrality of war in the human experience. The Athenian defeat at Delium in 424 BC brought tactical innovations to infantry fighting; it also assured the influence of the philosophy of Socrates, who fought well in the battle. Nearly 2300 years later, the carnage at Shiloh and the death of the brilliant Southern strategist Albert Sidney Johnson inspired a sense of fateful tragedy that would endure and stymie Southern culture for decades. The Northern victory would also bolster the reputation of William Tecumseh Sherman, and inspire Lew Wallace to pen the classic Ben Hur. And, perhaps most resonant for our time, the agony of Okinawa spurred the Japanese toward state-sanctioned suicide missions, a tactic so uncompromising and zealous it haunts our view of non-Western combatants to this day.

"Like any good classicist, Victor Davis Hanson accepts the primacy of military history in human affairs. In Ripples of Battle, a sequel of sorts to his masterful Carnage and Culture, he shows the fascinating repercussions of three lesser-known battles. You cannot fully understand Hiroshima, the bitterness of the Old South, or the Golden Age of Athens without reading this gem of a book."—Robert D. Kaplan

 
 
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