The western way of war revisited

merits and problems of a military theory




Victor Davis Hanson, Hellenism, ancient Greece, Military History, West


This article aims at criticizing Hanson’s theory of the Western way of war from what historians have identified as its main problems: the alleged continuity of Western warfare through centuries, starting with the ancient Greeks; and the so-called “Asian contrast” from its main implications. Hence, it is divided into three sections: 1) the presentation and merits of Hanson’s theory; 2) its classical bases, or the emphasis of Greek warfare on decisive battle as a “cultural choice”; 3) the criticism.


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How to Cite

Sant’Anna, H. M. de. (2019). The western way of war revisited: merits and problems of a military theory. Revista Archai, (26), e02604.