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Hamblin W.J. Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC. Holy Warriors at the Dawn of History

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Hamblin W.J. Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC. Holy Warriors at the Dawn of History
Routledge, 2006. — 517 pp. — (Warfare and History). — ISBN 978-0-415-25588-2.
For many historians, military history began in Classical Greece. Chronologically, however, half of recorded military history occurred before the Greeks rose to military predominance. In this groundbreaking and fascinating study, William J. Hamblin synthesises current knowledge of early ancient Near Eastern military history in an accessible way, from the Neolitihic era until the Middle Bronze Age.
Drawing on an extensive range of textual, artistic, and archaeological data, Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC offers a detailed analysis of the military technology, ideology, and practices of Near Eastern warfare, focusing on key topics including: recruitment and training of the soldiers; the logistics and weaponry of warfare, with emphasis on the shift from stone to metal weapons; the role played by magic; narratives of combat and artistic representations of battle; the origins and development of the chariot as a mode of military transportation; fortifications and siegecraft; and developments in naval warfare. Hamblin pays particular attention to the earliest-known examples of holy war ideology in Mesopotamia and Egypt, and argues that this era laid the foundation for later Near Eastern concepts of holy war, and that such understandings remain of vital significance in the world today.
Illustrated throughout, including maps of the region, this book is essential for experts and non-specialists alike.
William J. Hamblin is Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University, specializing in Near Eastern and military history. He is co-author of World History to 1648 (1993).
Introduction.
The Neolithic Age and the origin of warfare (to c. 3000).
Early Dynastic Mesopotamia (3500–2334).
The Akkadian empire (2334–2190).
The Neo-Sumerian period (2190–2004).
War-carts and chariots.
Middle Bronze Mesopotamia (c. 2000–1600).
Warfare in the age of Mari.
Mesopotamian siegecraft.
Syria and Lebanon.
Canaan.
Anatolia.
Pre-Dynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt (3500–2687).
Old Kingdom Egypt (2687–2181).
Warfare during the Old Kingdom.
First Intermediate Period Egypt (2190–2061).
Middle Kingdom Egypt (2061–1786).
The military system of the Middle Kingdom.
Early Second Intermediate Period Egypt (1786–1667).
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