The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost

The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost

By: Cathal J. Nolan (author)Hardback

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Cathal Nolan's The Allure of Battle shows that while wars have shaped the history of the modern world, their outcomes are decided by many other factors. The book argues that major battles are not decisive to the outcome of wars; rather, wars depend on longer-term attrition in which the side that wins gradually and remorselessly overwhelms the other with larger arsenals and greater reserves of manpower. To illustrate his argument, Nolan draws on conflicts throughout the world and throughout history (aside from classical or medieval warfare, which, he argues, had greatly different characters from each other and from early modern and modern warfare). The Allure of Battle systematically examines a series of great battles, each described in the standard literature as the "turning pointof the war in which they occurred. It asks how they actually fit in the histories of those wars and military history more generally. In each case Nolan will show that even huge and important battles, which

About Author

Cathal Nolan is Associate Professor of History and Executive Director, International History Institute, Boston University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780195383782
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 728
  • ID: 9780195383782
  • weight: 1156
  • ISBN10: 0195383788

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