Has Hanson Abandoned the Western Way of War?

by Scott Manning November 17, 2014
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Victor Davis Hanson started the debate on whether there is a , the concept of frontal infantry assaults started by the Greeks, which was discernable from other modes of warfare and often superior. However, he has seemingly lost all interest in the concept. In  (2011), Jim Lacey makes an astute point Because Professor Hanson (on […]

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If you visited Horseshoe Bend battlefield today

by Scott Manning March 27, 2014
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Sun Tzu tells us that if we put our troops “in the most desperate straits, they will have no fear,” and having “nowhere else to turn, they will stand firm” (9.37). Some interpretations indicate this means putting one’s back to a river, an unorthodox and typically disastrous move for armies throughout history. However, for the […]

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Herodotus through the 24-hr News Cycle

by Scott Manning March 19, 2014
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While I was reading and tweeting Herodotus, I became inspired to produce a half dozen mock images of his stories as though Fox News or MSNBC reported them. My only goal was to bring more attention to Herodotus. In case you missed any of them, here they all are in one place (click for a […]

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Time to give Hans Delbrück’s work an honorable burial?

by Scott Manning March 12, 2014
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In previous articles, we covered how historians have heaped praise upon Hans Delbrück and why that praise was warranted. However, it would be misleading to leave out the fact that many of Delbrück’s principles have not maintained any prominence in military history whatsoever. For example, he believed that historians should only focus on history where […]

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Live Review of 300: Rise of an Empire

by Scott Manning March 9, 2014
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For those of you who missed it, here are the tweets from my live review of 300: Rise of an Empire. I saw the movie twice and on the second viewing, I decided to review live. Also, I was sure not to bother the other patrons with my mobile phone use. I am tweeting all […]

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Were these wars worth fighting over sovereignty?

by Scott Manning March 5, 2014
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With a potential war over Ukraine’s sovereignty looming, it is important to understand the kind of war such a dispute could bring.  Some of the largest wars started over what later seemed like a trivial matter. Before Thucydides recounted the dispute between Athens and Sparta leading up to the Peloponnesian War, he stated that he considered “the […]

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Culloden Battlefield and Hallowed Ground

by Scott Manning February 21, 2014
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We Americans treat many of our battlefields as sacred and weep for the ones that are lost to development. Groups such as the Civil War Trust do a superb job organizing people and money to buy up ground, fight development, transfer land to the National Park Service, and do whatever is necessary to preserve battlefields […]

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Why I’m tweeting Herodotus

by Scott Manning February 20, 2014
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About a week ago, I started tweeting as I read . It started as a trickle, but the past few days have yielded dozens of tweets from this ancient historian. Aside from the usual updates and sarcastic quips, I have tweeted everything I get out of Herodotus. This started as quotes, but now includes summaries and […]

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Hans Delbrück’s Timeless Principles: Troop Estimates, Topography

by Scott Manning February 18, 2014
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In a previous article, I covered how military historians have stumbled over themselves to heap praise upon Hans Delbrück. Now I will demonstrate why that praise is warranted. In a future article, I will demonstrate why it is not. The overarching question for these articles is why military historians should care about Hans Delbrück. Quite simply, Delbrück has […]

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Is Hans Delbrück worthy of this praise?

by Scott Manning February 14, 2014
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Why should military historians care about Hans Delbrück? Like it or not, the legacy of Delbrück as a military historian is still strong even 85 years after his death. Before we get into that, consider some of the praise heaped upon him by other military historians, dubbing him as “the first modern military historian” – […]

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