The origins of Western warfare militarism and morality in the ancient world by Doyne Dawson

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Published by Westview Press in Boulder, Colo .

Written in English

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Subjects:

  • Military history, Ancient,
  • Military art and science -- History,
  • War -- Moral and ethical aspects

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-196) and index.

Book details

StatementDoyne Dawson.
SeriesHistory and warfare
Classifications
LC ClassificationsU29 .D38 1996
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 203 p. ;
Number of Pages203
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL615356M
ISBN 10081332940X
LC Control Number96212616
OCLC/WorldCa35679047

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