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Pioneering modern military history!,
This review is from: The face of battle (Hardcover)
This is the way to document and present military history! Many a contemporary author and historian have learned from Keegan.
Studying the evolution of battle by closely examining the battles of Agincourt (1415), Waterloo (1815) and Somme (1916) - all set in North-Western Europe - is a brilliant idea. Further more it is done expertly with specific emphasis on the ordinary soldier as part of the cycle of warfare; "technology, doctrine/tactics and organization" constantly revolving around "training".
Four stars is a modest and thoroughly subjective rating on my part. I could have done without the first 70 or so pages where Keegan justifies his approach and method. The three "battle chapters" provide more than adequate justification! More than 30 years have passed and that makes Keegans closing speculations on the future of warfare kind of odd and not that interesting ...