The Punic Wars: Rome, Carthage, and the Struggle for the Mediterranean

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Macmillan, 2005 - 347 pages
The Punic Wars triggered an era of astonishing human misfortune. Resulting from a mighty power struggle between the military confederation of Rome and the trading empire of Carthage between 264--241 B.C., 218--201 B.C., and 149--146 b.c., the wars were fought over a period of 118 years. Massive man-made devastation on both sides left RB.C.ome’s population radically depleted and Carthage razed and erased from the map.
Sir Nigel Bagnall brings his military experience and a modern professional eye to bear in analyzing the Punic Wars here. He marshals classic military strategists such as Livy, Polybius, and Diodorus to plot the wars’ campaigns in Spain, Africa, Sicily, and the Peloponnese, and follows Hannibal’s daring but unsuccessful strike into the heart of Italy.

But Bagnall goes beyond military strategy to discuss the force, structures, and politics of Rome and Carthage at their heights. And he contrasts their conduct of battle at strategic, operational, and tactical levels to show how they were governed by the same military principles used by nations today. His thought-provoking final chapter relates these wars’ lessons to modern times in an impressive argument for adapting the experience of the past to the needs of the future. While the history of the Punic Wars dates back over 2000 years, Bagnall’s comprehensive account demonstrates that this ancient conflict is remarkable both for its scope and its contemporary relevance.
 

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Contents

Carthage
3
Rome
19
Sicily
35
PART TWO THE FIRST PUNIC WAR 264241 BC IV The Opening Round in Sicily 264261 BC
49
The Maritime Dimension 261256 BC
60
The African Campaign 256255 BC
70
The Return to Sicily 254241 BC
79
Commentary
100
The Mercenary Revolt 240237 BC III
111
The Gallic Invasion 241220 BC
127
The Illyrian Expeditions 229227 BC
135
The Conquest of Spain 237219 BC
142
Hannibal in Retreat 211205 BC
253
Epilogue
321
Select Bibliography
336
Copyright

PART THREE STRIFE BETWEEN WARS 241218
109

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Sir Nigel Bagnall was born in India in 1927. He joined the British Army in 1945 and served in Palestine, Malaya, Borneo, the Canal Zone, Cyprus, Singapore, and Germany. He ended his distinguished military career as Chief of the General Staff in London and went on to become an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He died in 2000.

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