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5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging reflection
John Lynn is one of the foremost military historians of this generation, and 'Battle' is a very serious contribution to to debate about the nature of military history, and of war. This book is not a simple survey of world military history, it is an important challenge to technological determinism in warfare, and to simplistic notions of 'Western' superiority. Lynn uses...
Published on 18 Sept. 2007 by Mike Cosgrave

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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointment
Though the book contains a lot of data, some are erroneous. Analysis is not strong. I missed first world war, russia/china in twentieth centrury, german world war 2, the change of germany world war 2 into current pacifism etc.
Published on 14 July 2004 by Hugh van der Mandele


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging reflection, 18 Sept. 2007
John Lynn is one of the foremost military historians of this generation, and 'Battle' is a very serious contribution to to debate about the nature of military history, and of war. This book is not a simple survey of world military history, it is an important challenge to technological determinism in warfare, and to simplistic notions of 'Western' superiority. Lynn uses case studies to argue for the importance of culture in shaping our concept of what 'war' means in different time periods. At one level, it is well written, and a good read, but at a deeper level, it asks important questions about the nature of war.
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointment, 14 July 2004
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Though the book contains a lot of data, some are erroneous. Analysis is not strong. I missed first world war, russia/china in twentieth centrury, german world war 2, the change of germany world war 2 into current pacifism etc.
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