ARMY HISTORICAL SERIES skilled work made this a much finer book. In conclusion, I wish to dedicate this book to the finest soldiers. An Essay on Ways & Means for Raising Money for the Support of the Present War , Questia, subs. Armamentarium: The Book of Roman Arms & Armour, This sixth edition, 4th revision of Military History for Canadian Students has been published miliar. A very brief list of books for further reading is also included.
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Books on military history and armament. the ocean, far from home. This short, but well-illustrated book is available as a free downloadable PDF. (Click below.). PDF | Alex Roland and others published INTRODUCTION TO MILITARY HISTORY. number of these books are available in different editions, please attend to. (Army historical series). Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. United States—History, Military. 2. United States. Army—History.
Siva-Dhanur-veda discusses the military of the Gupta Empire. The Guptas relied heavily on armoured war elephants; horses were used little if at all. The use of chariots had declined heavily by the time of the Guptas, as they had not proved very useful against the Greeks , Scythians , and other invaders. Guptas utilised heavy cavalry clad in mail armour and equipped with maces and lances, who would have used shock action to break the enemy line. They also employed infantry archers. Their longbow was composed of bamboo or metal and fired a long bamboo cane arrow with a metal head; iron shafts were used against armoured elephants. They also sometimes used fire arrows.
Technology, science, and the impact of war on individuals intersect in the history of military medicine.
And the very popularity of war tales in many cultures indicates just one of the ways in which warfare, military institutions, and military values including warrior codes of behavior interact with the cultural values and constructs of different societies, bringing cultural analy- ses of war and warriors into the debate.
Furthermore, both social structures and cultural constructs, including gender roles, affect the ways armies are raised, how they fight, and how they interact with society more broadly. In other words, the relationship between war and military institutions on one hand and society and culture on the other is reciprocal.
We therefore arrive at a broad definition of military history that encompasses not just the history of war and wars, but that includes any historical study in which military personnel of all sorts, warfare the way in which conflicts are actually fought on land, at sea, and in the air , military institutions, and their various intersections with politics, economics, society, nature, and culture form the focus or topic of the work.
One obvious implication of such a broad definition is that many works of military history could also be classified variously as political, economic, institutional, intellectual, social, or cultural history. Indeed the best history, military and otherwise, necessarily crosses many of these abstract academic boundaries in order to present as rich and rounded a view of the past as possible. In practice, military history has benefited from methodological advances and insights derived from other subfields of history, as well as from separate but related academic fields such as anthropology, sociology, and literary criticism.
Historiography is the study of the history of historical writing; one of its basic principles is that while histories can be divided by their central intellectual or topical approaches, the historical categories used are not clear and compartmentalized, but overlap across fuzzy boundaries. One reason history gets divided up into subfields is for convenience of historiographical analysis.
Historical writing really does fall into recognizable groupings, even if the group- ings can be rearranged if viewed from a different angle, just as any set of historical data can be divided up depending on the interests of the particular historian. But another reason is that many of the practitioners of historical writing since the mid-nineteenth century have become increasingly profes- sionalized in specific ways that contribute to specialization and subdivision.
Historians working within academic institu- tions — colleges, universities, and research institutes — are especially prone to specify their areas of specialization for a variety of reasons that include the utility of such divisions for historical research in an age of ever-increasing informa- tion, but are also influenced by academic politics, the inter- ests of sources for funding research, and the workings of academic job markets.
The subfield of military history is further complicated by such dynamics because a significant amount of military history writing, because of its attraction to popular audiences, has always come from outside of aca- demic institutions. Who Studies Military History and Why? The audiences for military history have changed over time, with significant implications for who has written military history and why.
First is the popular audience, those readers in the general population who are interested in military history as recreational reading.
This has long been and continues to be a large and therefore economically significant group — a mass market, at least potentially — whose attractions draw writers not just from among academics and professional military personnel but also from professional authors and popularizers who happen to choose military topics for their marketability.
We include in this cate- gory both professional academics whose specialty is military history and who read to keep up with developments in the field and in support of their own research and writing, and students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels whose reading of military history is presumably more focused and guided than that of the popular audience and is directly related to advancement of their academic careers.
In this category, the audience and the practitioners, that is those who write military history, are often the same people, though the most influential military history writing usually appeals to both a scholarly or academic audience and to a popular audience.
As a result, some of this Professional Military Education PME literature is more technical and practice-oriented though not necessarily less theoretically informed than purely academic military history tends to be, as it is likely to have the most direct impact on the making of military policy and the imple- mentation of military action by states and their armies. On the other hand, to bring this introductory discussion of prac- titioners and audiences full circle, a traditional sort of mili- tary history author has been the retired military officer who uses the credibility of both his military experience and his advertisable rank as entryways to the mass popular market.
Keegan, for example, felt it necessary to explain, in his Introduction to The Face of Battle, what he could bring to military history despite his lack of direct military experience. The practical uses of military history for professional mili- tary personnel and the civilian governments that direct mili- tary activity today provide the clearest and most direct illustration of an important and general historiographical principle: that the questions historians ask about the past, in this case about past military actions, institutions, and so forth, are crucially shaped by their present concerns and perspectives.
In other words, military history, like all history, is a dialogue between past and present. Because the present is constantly changing, views of the past change constantly as well. In short, the impact of Gulf War I on American military thought, with its emphasis on high technology and tactics, has been overshadowed by T1 Morillo—What is Military History?
This shift has obvious implications for the sorts of histori- cal evidence historians engaged in these debates will bring to bear on their arguments. The relevant historical parallels and examples in the debate over the Revolution in Military Affairs involved other supposed cases of rapid technological and tactical change, especially the spread of gunpowder weap- onry in sixteenth-century Europe again, this is discussed at more length in chapter 4.
Such cases are chosen to gain insight into a contemporary situation in which dis- parities of technology and force do not have the same impact that they have had on the conventional battlefields of the past, including those cases highlighted by the earlier debate, and in which social and cultural factors seemingly outweigh traditional political relationships between states. In both debates, however, the historical cases chosen as evidence for one argument or another are subject to rejection, reinterpretation, or revision by other historians who either see the problems of the present differently or see the crucial characteristics of the past differently, or both.
Both debates, for instance, are much more central to military history pub- lished in the United States than elsewhere, since the concerns of other states that are neither the undisputed leaders in military technology nor likely to be seen as a new global Roman Empire are different from those of the US, which fits both criteria.
Historians who do not share those concerns will bring a different perspective to both debates or will engage in other debates entirely. But more impor- tantly, even if historical data prove incapable of decisively answering a current question history never, after all, exactly repeats itself, though, as Mark Twain once said, it does rhyme , the fact that historians have, as a result of current concerns, asked new questions about the past leads to new understandings of the past.
This is in part because not all interpretations of the past are mutually exclusive: most, in fact, are complementary, and the more of them we have, the more nuanced is our understanding of the past. This is a nice result even if it makes drawing lessons from such complex understandings even harder since lessons often need to be simple to be applicable. The West Texas section was so severe A history of a building that is about years old which replaced a blacksmiths shop nearby that went back to at least the 's.
Local and internet sources were used to research the history of the evolution of the building itself and trace the residents as far back as records allowed.
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Initial hopes During , the author completed a 3, mile long journey to commemorate everybody who died or suffered during the Great War a century ago. It provides a thorough and fascinating overview of a rarely-discussed war between the United States and the British Empire.
Professor F. Adcock produced an interesting and readable account of the Greek and Macedonian art of war. Strategy and battle tactics of ground troops are discussed, along with specifics on naval warfare, the cavalry including those with elephants , siege warfare, and leadership on the battlefield.
Historians of military history and the ancient world will find this text an informative and useful resource. The use of the military tank was a turning point in modern warfare, and this fascinating text details the varieties developed for use by different nations during World War I.
Their combat history during WWI is also given. A number of black and white photos and illustrations are given to complement the text. This is a facsimile reprint of a book first published in Obviously, battles between pirates or buccaneers and their prey or adversaries led to injuries, and life on ship or in tropical climes brought disease.
Leo Eloesser introduces us to the doctors who rode the high seas with their pirate and buccaneer brethren. Highly respected onboard, but often as villainous as their shipmates, these doctors practiced under unusual conditions, whether dealing with lost limbs or STDs.
This is a reprint of the original page article from the Annals of Medical History. This guide to bombardment aviation was published during World War II, written by an experienced combat pilot. It reviews the history, equipment, and techniques of this important aspect to military warfare.
This will be of interest to enthusiasts of military and aviation histor y. Deaderick analyzes a number of important Civil War battles, describing the positive and negative tactics and strategies for both sides. Circumstances have their place, but intelligent preparation and decisions in the heat of battle have a far greater impact on the success of military strategy.
This is a good introduction to the subject for military history students and enthusiasts. First published Major C. Russell investigated crime and espionage in France during World War I, as American troops fought the German onslaught. Murder, swindles, counterfeiting, train-robberies, and spies make up 19 adventures in this remarkable history of law enforcement during this great conflict, a side of warfare that is sometimes overlooked but is just as important as direct action with the enemy.
This reprint from shows how to accurately draw military tanks from the ground up, with basic discussions of perspective, constructing the ground work, building up with details, and incorporating into action scenes. It is not a guide to the many types of tanks, though the author-artist does illustrate a number of varieties. Any budding artist with a penchant for militaria will find this guide of interest.