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Title: John Keegan, The Face of War

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Subject: History
Author: John D
Date: March 5, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
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This is one of the most accessible looks at how history, and specifically military history, is written (if only someone had suggested I read it as a student), but it won't enrapture everyone, probably not even a majority of readers. Fortunately, you can skip much of the chapter without undermining the later ones...

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Fortunately, you can skip much of the chapter without undermining the later ones. Three examinations follow, of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme. In each Keegan begins by analysing the traditional outlines of events and considering from which sources these have been derived. Keegan then moves through the main phase of each battle, attempting to make sense of the major events, before considering the combatants: how did the soldiers feel before the battle, what actually happened when the troops engaged, and what insight does this provide us? In looking for human motives while applying logic, deductive battlefield knowledge and, above all, common sense, Keegan produces some fascinating new assessments...

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