Gérard Chaliand

Wars and Civilisations Publication date : September 10, 2009

How were empires constructed outside Europe? What was the respective role of human beings, strategy, and arms in these empires' victories and defeats? What specifically was the role of nomads and heirs?

This is a sweeping panorama of some of the main strategic cultures that have left their imprint on the Eurasian landmass, from earliest times to the present. Gérard Chaliand describes the military culture and martial traditions of the great non-Western empires, of which we often know too little.

Guerres et civilisations will prove to be a gold mine of information for anyone wishing to understand the origin and nature of the crises and conflicts that have led to the current upheaval of the world order.

Written by a highly regarded specialist in the history of wars and strategy, this book will prove to be an indispensable reference work for anyone interested in the study of past and present conflicts.

Gérard Chaliand is an expert in strategic studies and irregular conflicts. He is the author of Guide du voyager autour du monde (2006), L'Héritage occidental (2002), 2000 ans de chrétientés (2000) and Atlas des diasporas (1991).