Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think

Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think

Victor Davis Hanson


the results of warfare refuse to stay neighborhood: they persist throughout the centuries, occasionally in not going methods a ways faraway from the army area. In Ripples of Battle, the acclaimed historian Victor Davis Hanson weaves wide-ranging army and cultural heritage along with his extraordinary present for conflict narrative as he illuminates the centrality of struggle within the human experience.

The Athenian defeat at Delium in 424 BC introduced tactical strategies to infantry struggling with; it additionally guaranteed the impression of the philosophy of Socrates, who fought good within the conflict. approximately twenty-three hundred years later, the carnage at Shiloh and the loss of life of the bright Southern strategist Albert Sidney Johnson encouraged a feeling of fateful tragedy that will undergo and stymie Southern tradition for many years. The Northern victory might additionally bolster the attractiveness of William Tecumseh Sherman, and encourage Lew Wallace to pen the classic Ben Hur. And, probably so much resonant for our time, the suffering of Okinawa spurred the japanese towards state-sanctioned suicide missions, a tactic so uncompromising and subversive, it haunts our view of non-Western fighters to today.

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