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date: 17 October 2021

p. 353. War and societylocked

p. 353. War and societylocked

  • Harry Sidebottom


The way a society makes war is a projection of the construction of that society. ‘War and society’ looks at this issue from the opposite perspective by taking three examples to illustrate that war-making profoundly changed Greek and Roman society: the ‘hoplite revolution’ in Greece of the late 8th and/or 7th centuries bc; the ‘Agrarian Crisis’ in Italy around the last two centuries bc; and the ‘barbarization’ of the Roman army. History is constantly being rewritten due to general shifts in thinking, intellectual fashion, and changes in political or social circumstances. Historians are trained to criticize the interpretations of others and they want to be published.

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