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

ISBN : 9780195383782

Cathal J. Nolan
728 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Mar 2017
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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


List of Maps and Illustrations
Chapter I: Battle in History
Chapter II: Battle Retarded
Chapter III: Battle Remembered
Chapter IV: Battle Reformed
Chapter V: Battle with Reason
Chapter VI: Battle Restored
Chapter VII: Battle Decisive
Chapter VIII: Battle Defeated
Chapter IX: Battle Exalted
Chapter X: Battle of Annihilation
Chapter XI: Annihilation of Battle
Chapter XII: Annihilation of Strategy
Chapter XIII: Annihilation of Nations
Chapter XIV: Annihilation of Mercy
Chapter XV: Annihilation at Sea
Chapter XVI: Annihilation of Illusions

About the author: 

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

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