The Archaeology of Weapons

Arms and Armor from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry

Author: R. Ewart Oakeshott

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486292885

Category: History

Page: 358

View: 1827

British arthority on medieval weapons surveys European arms and armor from the Bronze Age to the time of triumph of gunpowder.

All Things Medieval: An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World [2 volumes]

An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World

Author: Ruth A Johnston

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 031336463X

Category: History

Page: 790

View: 5493

This insightful survey of the "things" of medieval Europe allows modern readers to understand what they looked like, what they were made of, how they were created, and how they were used. • Provides information on a comprehensive range of topics from agriculture to zoos, and also includes books, castles, minstrels, clothing and universities • Provides bibliographic lists of suggested reading following each entry, with a full bibliography at the end • Appropriate for both high school and lower-level undergraduate students

A History of the Laws of War: Volume 2

The Customs and Laws of War with Regards to Civilians in Times of Conflict

Author: Alexander Gillespie

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1847318401

Category: Law

Page: 324

View: 2472

This unique new work of reference traces the origins of the modern laws of warfare from the earliest times to the present day. Relying on written records from as far back as 2400 BCE, and using sources ranging from the Bible to Security Council Resolutions, the author pieces together the history of a subject which is almost as old as civilisation itself. The author shows that as long as humanity has been waging wars it has also been trying to find ways of legitimising different forms of combatants and ascribing rules to them, protecting civilians who are either inadvertently or intentionally caught up between them, and controlling the use of particular classes of weapons that may be used in times of conflict. Thus it is that this work is divided into three substantial parts: Volume 1 on the laws affecting combatants and captives; Volume 2 on civilians; and Volume 3 on the law of arms control. This second book on civilians examines four different topics. The first topic deals with the targetting of civilians in times of war. This discussion is one which has been largely governed by the developments of technologies which have allowed projectiles to be discharged over ever greater areas, and attempts to prevent their indiscriminate utilisation have struggled to keep pace. The second topic concerns the destruction of the natural environment, with particular regard to the utilisation of starvation as a method of warfare, and unlike the first topic, this one has rarely changed over thousands of years, although contemporary practices are beginning to represent a clear break from tradition. The third topic is concerned with the long-standing problems of civilians under the occupation of opposing military forces, where the practices of genocide, collective punishments and/or reprisals, and rape have occurred. The final topic in this volume is about the theft or destruction of the property of the enemy, in terms of either pillage or the intentional devastation of the cultural property of the opposition. As a work of reference this set of three books is unrivalled, and will be of immense benefit to scholars and practitioners researching and advising on the laws of warfare. It also tells a story which throws fascinating new light on the history of international law and on the history of warfare itself. 'The law impacts on modern military operations at all levels. The importance of understanding the influence of international law, and the constraints, which it places upon the conduct of armed conflict, is an essential area of study. Dr Alexander Gillespie's three volume work traces the development and scope of this law from the earliest times through the modern day. In doing so he identifies constant themes and common principles in the law, as well, unfortunately, as all too common breaches. Commanders and historians, as well as lawyers, will find this book of great value. It is written in a practical and useful style and brings to light many fascinating examples of the law at work in times of war from which contemporary lessons can be learned'. Brigadier Kevin Riordan, Director General of Defence Legal Services for the New Zealand Defence Forces. 'The span of scholarship on offer in these volumes is astonishingÂ?an extraordinary gathering of historical and legal materials many of which record the most sombre and tragic events of human history - war in all its terrible forms.' Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand 'At a time of real challenge, Alexander Gillespie is to be commended for his monumental and significant contribution to our understanding of the context, practice and principles that govern war and armed conflict. This vital book is an indispensable part of any library, and will be a necessary resource for governments, NGOs, international organisers, academics and lawyers involved in the issues.' Professor Philippe Sands QC, University College London 'This is a comprehensive and comprehensible account of the laws of, against and about war. It is both authoritative and accessible - Alexander Gillespie's great achievement is to provide a map for a better future, in which the inevitable horrors of armed conflict are recognised and minimised, and those who instigate them unlawfully are punished by international courts. This is a must-read for all concerned to ensure that war laws do not end up in the graveyard of good words.' Geoffrey Robertson QC, founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, author of Crimes Against Humanity (Penguin and The New Press)

My Adventures as a Spy

Author: Robert Baden-Powell

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486320456

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 1879

This charming volume for younger readers, written during World War I by a British military hero, relates the basics of espionage — including disguise, passing messages, creating diversions, and other maneuvers.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 8342

Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Encyclopedia Americana

Author: Scholastic Library Publishing

Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing

ISBN: 9780717201396

Category: Reference

Page: N.A

View: 859


CIM Bulletin

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Mineral industries

Page: N.A

View: 4318


Chteau Gaillard: Etudes de Castellogie M'Di'vale 19 - Colloque de Graz (1998)

Author: N.A

Publisher: Publications du CRAHM

ISBN: 9782902685097

Category: Architecture

Page: 322

View: 8667

Thirty-seven papers from the Acts of the International Colloquium held in Graz (Austria) in 1998, a biennial meeting of scholars studying medieval castles. This volume contains a wide range of studies of castles in Sweden, Belgium, France, England, Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands and Syria, including descriptions of particular sites and their fortifications, histories of war, capture and conquest, and the role of castles within their historical context. Papers in French, German and English.

Handbuch Schwertkampf

ein Lehrbuch für den Kampf mit dem langen Schwert nach Fiore Dei Liberi und Filippo Vadi

Author: Guy Windsor,Jürgen Brust

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783938711279

Category: Langschwert - Fechten

Page: 167

View: 5566


Die Schilde der Bronzezeit in Nord-, West- und Zentraleuropa

Author: Marion Uckelmann

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden gmbh

ISBN: 9783515103787

Category: History

Page: 243

View: 9025

English Description: After a new record of the pieces in the original, the 101 previously known shields of the Bronze Age in Northern, Western and Central Europe are introduced. 85 of these are bronze plate, five are from either wood or leather material with a bronze plate hanger and ten are organic shields with a bronze trim. After a detailed study of the types of structured shields and the circumstances of their discovery, their dating and their dispersion, this volume focuses on the interpretation and of this corpus of shields as well as an analysis of their function. This was based on a close examination of the technical characteristics and new analysis of metal alloys and metallographic examinations. The volume draws comparisons between contemporaneous accounts from other parts of Europe as well as exemplary pieces from the eastern Mediterranean, the Near East and Egypt. Finally, the role of the shields and other Bronze Age weapons (armor, helmets, greaves) in Bronze Age battles is investigated. German Description: Vorgestellt werden die 101 bisher bekannten Schilde der Bronzezeit in Nord-, West- und Zentraleuropa, zumeist nach einer Neuaufnahme der Stucke im Original; 85 von ihnen sind aus Bronzeblech, funf aus Holz oder Leder gefertigt, hinzukommen ein bronzener Schildaufhanger und zehn organische Schilde mit Bronzebesatz. Nach einer detaillierten Untersuchung der in Typen gegliederten Schilde hinsichtlich Fundumstanden, Datierung und Verbreitung richtet sich das Augenmerk auf die Interpretation und Funktionsdeutung der Schildfunde: Diese erfolgte anhand einer genauen Untersuchung der technischen Merkmale und der Herstellung mit neu veranlassten Legierungsanalysen und metallographischen Untersuchungen. Der Band zieht zum Vergleich zeitgleiche Darstellungen aus weiteren Teilen Europas sowie exemplarisch Stucke aus dem ostlichen Mittelmeer, dem Vorderen Orient und Agypten hinzu. Schliesslich wird die Rolle der Schilde in der bronzezeitlichen Kampfesweise aufgezeigt, wobei auch weitere bronzene Schutzwaffen (bronzezeitliche Panzer, Helme und Beinschienen) naher untersucht werden.

Kampfsport in der Antike

das Spiel um Leben und Tod

Author: Michael Poliakoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783491691100

Category: Combat

Page: 260

View: 323


Handbuch der Waffenkunde

das Waffenwesen in seiner historischen Entwickelung vom Beginn des Mittelalters bis zum Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts

Author: Wendelin Boeheim

Publisher: N.A


Category: Armor

Page: 694

View: 1786

Betrifft die Handschrift Cod. 7-8 der Burgerbibliothek Bern.

Valsgärde 7

Author: Greta Arwidsson

Publisher: Uppsala Univs Mus. for Nordiska Fornsaker


Category: Excavations (Archaeology)

Page: 152

View: 419


Die Braut des Ritters


Author: Elizabeth Chadwick

Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 364116446X

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 7953

England, 1184. Fulke FitzWarin wird als Schildknappe an den Hof von König Henry gesandt. Doch eine Schachpartie, die Prinz John gegen Fulke verliert, wird zum Auslöser einer lebenslangen Rivalität: Der junge Knappe muss den Königshof verlassen. In Theobald Walter findet Fulke zum Glück einen gerechteren Herrn. Doch er gerät in seelische Bedrängnis, als er erfährt, dass die zauberhafte Maud le Vavasour Theobald heiraten wird. Als dieser stirbt, erhält Fulkes Liebe eine zweite Chance, nur – was kann er der schönen Maud bieten, nachdem der inzwischen zum König gekrönte John ihn für vogelfrei erklärt hat?

Das Grossmünster in Zürich

Author: Daniel Gutscher,Catherine Courtiau,Stefan Biffiger,Gian-Willi Vonesch

Publisher: N.A


Category: Architecture

Page: 253

View: 8773