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Editor: John Powell, Oklahoma Baptist University
February 2010 · 3 volumes · 1,260 pages · 8"x10"
Weapons & Warfare, Revised
141 Chronologically arranged overviews of the history of weaponry and military tactics from ancient times to the present global age.
Originally published in 2002, Weapons and Warfare, Revised is designed to meet the needs of students seeking information about weaponry, tactics, and models of warfare from ancient times to the present, worldwide. Written with the needs of students and general readers in mind, the articles contained in this set present clear discussions of the topics, explaining any terms or references that may be unclear. The focus on the technical and strategic development of weapons and tactics, more than on a narrative chronological history of events, allows students of history, political science, science and technology alike to gain a broad understanding of the technological and strategic advances made over time and geography. The new third volume adds the essential dimension of placing these topics in broad social, cultural, and political contexts.
SCOPE AND COVERAGE
Approximately 140 topics arranged chronologically and thematically, with volume 1, Ancient and Medieval, covering weapons and strategies from ancient times to 1500; volume 2, The Modern Era, covering weapons and strategies from approximately 1500 to the present; and volume 3, Warfare: Culture and Concepts providing valuable overviews of the way warfare, weapons, and military history have been expressed socially, politically, and in the arts. Each essay ranges from 1,500 words to 7,000 words. The first two volumes open with overviews of major weapons groups (for example, in volume 1 "Clubs, Maces, and Slings," "Sieges and Siegecraft"; in volume 2, "Swords, Daggers, and Bayonets," "Rockets, Missiles, and Nuclear Weapons"), followed by chronologically arranged sections covering major historical periods and regions of the world and their contributions to military weapons, technologies, and strategies. Volume 3 touches on all sociocultural and political aspects of weapons and warefare: literature, film, society, science, ethics, and basic "behind the battlefield" theories, strategies, and policies.
ORGANIZATION AND FORMAT
The essays in this set are organized into three essay types: Weapons overview articles are organized with sections on "Nature and Use" and "Development" of each weapons type. The geographically arranged warfare articles feature sections on "Political Considerations" (where relevant), "Military Achievement," "Weapons, Uniforms, and Armor," "Military Organization," and "Doctrine, Strategy, and Tactics." Geographically focused articles also feature a section on the primary sources from which historians base their observations and evaluate the best sources for understanding the warfare of the period. Culture/concept overviews (new) approach warfare and weaponry from several different perspectives: sociological, geographical, cultural, ritual, political, ethical, religious, tactical, and strategic.
Volume 3 contains several appendixes, including listings of War Films, War Literature, a comprehensive Lexicon, a list of Military Theorists, a detailed Time Line, a list of Web Sites, and a complete Subject Index.