Carnage and culture

He probably believes that he can do to Estonia what he has done to Crimea or Ukraine—and without too many more consequences. This concept, despite the de facto disappearance of such individuals from the common soldiery in certain periods, continued to have psychological power over the behavior of Western troops and their leaders.

In battle, ideas can be more far more important than bullets or bombs. Americans are also endowed with an exceptional moral sense.

The discipline of the troops. The main point of this chapter was that free men fight better than enslaved men. There are so many differing sources as well as differing opinions on the battle, that it is hard to discern truth from speculation.

The Hebrews had come from disparate origins. Sometimes I feel that too many take freedom for granted. There are two quotes that sum up this chapter quite well. I hate how Hanson thinks that Greek hoplites somehow lead in an unbroken line to drone warfare.

Carnage and Culture

With the weaknesses of chariot warfare exposed, these societies were forced by circumstances to rely on locally recruited infantry forces for defense against residual raiders and each other. I hate how Hanson implies that the Aztecs didn't know how to learn.

The Battle of Zama brought the utter defeat of Carthage.

CARNAGE AND CULTURE: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power

Like the chapter on Cortes and the Aztecs, in which I learned some heavy statistics about the gory and bloody habits of the Aztecs, I learned about the brutality of the North Vietnamese.

The outcome of battles rely enormously on local factors. I mean, just look at the time-gaps between battles. That is, he was blowing smoke in the well-founded fear that politically correct reviewers would automatically accuse him of racism simply because of his acknowledgement of the superiority of the Western achievement.

September 11 initially gave this book a boost. That is because you would understand that in making an individual decision, employing an ancestral class of millions is not very intelligent.

The hip metrosexual cultures of the urban West strain to find fault in their inheritance, and seem to appreciate those who do that in the most cool fashion—but always with the expectation that there will be some poor blokes who, in terms of clean water, medical care, free speech, and dependable electricity, ensure that London is not Lagos, that Stockholm is not Damascus, and that Los Angeles is not Nuevo Laredo.

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The Greeks had a sense both of the complexity of their origins and of being a unique nation, but rigid local particularisms kept them divided. It is somehow fitting that the wars upon which Hanson staked his public reputation ultimately serve as such a perfect counter-proof.

But in doing so he has nearly torn the country apart. But with the disappearance of the palaces, their concentrations of wealth, and their diplomacy-driven trade in luxury goods, further large-scale, long-distance raids into the area became economically unrewarding.

The relative absence of serious attempts to overthrow the European system, however, allowed Westerners to focus their burgeoning energies outwards. Unlike the Zulus, the British army did not see war largely as an occasion for individual warriors to garner booty, women, or prestige.

At least in Greece, "the veiled, mutilated, and secluded were not the norm" p. I hated this book.

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Or something far more prosaic? The battle narratives in each section are a Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power () by Victor D. Hanson and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices.

"Carnage and Culture" is, in my eyes, an example of essentialist history done badly.

Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power

So, first I'll just briefly address what I mean by "essentialist": That is when the historian claims to have discovered some essence that define and explain whatever is being discussed/5.

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Matt said: West is best!East is least!Culturally speaking, of course. Rather, that is the prem /5. Read "Carnage and Culture Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power" by Victor Davis Hanson with Rakuten Kobo.

Examining nine landmark battles from ancient to modern times--from Salamis, where outnumbered Greeks devastated the slav.

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