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Famous Last Screams

Michael Howard, 5 December 1991

On Future War 
by Martin vanCreveld.
Brassey, 254 pp., £22.50, October 1991, 0 08 041796 5
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... of 1939, Sir Samuel Hoare happily declared that the world was entering an Age of Gold. So when Martin vanCreveld tells us, not, admittedly, that war as such is about to cease, but that ‘large-scale conventional war ... may indeed be at its last gasp,’ he must expect, in spite of his formidable reputation as a ...

Odysseus’ Bow

Edward Luttwak: Ancient combat, 17 November 2005

Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity 
by J.E. Lendon.
Yale, 468 pp., £18.95, June 2005, 0 300 10663 7
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... collective memory therefore obscure the twin verities that, in the words of the military historian Martin vanCreveld, ‘men love war and women love warriors.’ That he is right cannot be doubted because, with few exceptions, wars throughout history have been fought by volunteers, who had to love war to tolerate its ...

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