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Early Roman Warrior 753-321 BC by Nic Fields
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite, 2 Jun 2012
Sorry to say this book does not live up to expectations. If charitable, I would say that the scope is too broad. There is of course a problem with lacking or debatable source material. This means that the author falls back on the well known classics (Livy, Polibius etc). Where there are lacunae he fills in the blanks with some antropological basic assumptions about societal development which I can't really judge. These blanks are also filled with in with oddly sounding hyperbole " in the field of battle, there is on indisputable unwelcome fact that death, the great equalizer, might come visiting at any moment".
Fair enough, but equally true of any field of conflict.
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Warfare and Society in the Barbarian West 450-900 &hellip by Guy Halsall
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars essential reading, 1 Feb 2012
Read this book. Excellent primer on its subject. Starts with a good introduction on the state of thought re: military history. Some great new (for me) insights on the early (migration) period, due to the successful use of archeological data. Detail somewhat restricted due to breadth of the subject. Material and thoughts for three similar books. Very much not of the "violent barbarians killed the Roman empire" school.

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