p. 1127. ‘People should know when they are conquered’: the reinventions of the Western Way of War
- Harry Sidebottom
Psychology plays an important part in victory and defeat in ancient warfare. Despite what many people are led to believe by depictions of classical warfare in films and books, genocide was not a practical possibility in the ancient world. Most wars were won not by destroying the enemies's practical ability to fight, but by breaking their will. How accurate was the notion of the ‘Western Way of War’ to the actual wars fought in classical times? Why do we have this notion in popular culture? While there was little continuity of practice, the ideology of a ‘Wesern Way of War’ proved both tenacious and flexible. It is being constantly reinvented.