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The end of everything : how wars descend into annihilation

Summary: A New York Times-bestselling historian charts how and why societies from ancient Greece to the modern era chose to utterly destroy their foes, and warns that similar wars of obliteration are possible in our time. War can settle disputes, topple tyrants, and bend the trajectory of civilization--sometimes to the breaking point. From Troy to Hiroshima, moments when war has ended in utter annihilation have reverberated through the centuries, signaling the end of political systems, cultures, and epochs. Though much has changed over the millennia, human nature remains the same. Modern societies are not immune from the horror of a war of extinction. In The End of Everything, military historian Victor Davis Hanson narrates a series of sieges and sackings that span the age of antiquity to the conquest of the New World to show how societies descend into barbarism and obliteration. In the stories of Thebes, Carthage, Constantinople, and Tenochtitlan, he depicts war's drama, violence, and folly. Highlighting the naivete that plagued the vanquished and the wrath that justified mass slaughter, Hanson delivers a sobering call to contemporary readers to heed the lessons of obliteration lest we blunder into catastrophe once again.

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  • ISBN: 1541673522
  • ISBN: 9781541673526
  • Physical Description: vii, 344 pages : maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographic references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: how civilizations disappear -- Hope, danger's comforter: the obliteration of classical Thebes (December 335 BC) -- The wages of vengeance: the destruction of Carthage and Punic civilization in Africa (149-146 BC) -- Deadly delusions: the fall of Constantinople and the end of the Byzantines (Spring 1453) -- Imperial hubris: the annihilation of the Aztec empire (Summer 1521) -- Epilogue: how the unimaginable becomes the inevitable.
Subject: Warfare & defence
Military science & strategies
Military history
Civilization History
Military history

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Status Due Date Courses
Albright Memorial Library 355.02 HANSON (Text) 50686016439783 Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 07/22/2024
Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library 355.02 HANSON (Text) 50686016446648 Main Floor Checked Out 07/29/2024

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