Top critical review
on 27 April 2017
If the reader is looking for a more or less chronological analysis of the technical, tactical and strategical developments in the field of warfare through human history, he will be disappointed with this book. A more truthful title would be ANTHROPOLOGY OF ARMED CONFLICT, being a highly speculative interpretation of second-hand received historical facts. If the questions that Keegan asks himself -how right was Clausewitz defining war as a continuation of politics... how Clausewitzean is this or that specific conflict... how purely European is the phalanx-style of battling... what is the source of human aggressivness...- appeal the interest of the reader, he won't feel that the reading of the book is a waste of time. Otherwise, he won't find it enriching at all.