World Military History Annotated Bibliography

Premodern and Nonwestern Military Institutions (Works Published before 1967)


Military institutions and methods of warfare in the non-Western world from antiquity through the early 20th century provide the chief subjects of this annotated bibliography of works published before 1967. Especially rich in references to periodical literature, it emphasizes military organization and relationships between military and other social institutions, rather than wars and battles. The bibliography comprises seven parts: (1) general and comparative topics, including works on the social, cultural, and biological causes of war; (2) the ancient world; (3) western Eurasia since antiquity; (4) eastern Eurasia since antiquity; (5) sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania; (6) pre-Columbian America; and (7) Indians in post-contact America.

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Biographical Note

Barton C. Hacker, Ph.D. (1969) in History, University of Chicago, is Curator of Armed Forces History at the Smithsonian. He has published extensively on the military history of women, the history of military technology, and the comparative history of military institutions.

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"…a valuable contribution to any academic library collection…Highly recommended." F.J. Augustyn Jr., Choice, 2005.

Table of contents

Pt. 1 General Pt. 2 Ancient Pt. 3 Western Eurasia Pt. 4 Eastern Eurasia Pt. 5 Africa and Oceania Pt. 6 Precolumbian America Pt. 7 Postcontact America


Scholars interested in nonwestern military history, women’s military history, military institutions in social and scientific thought, military consequences of technological change, and interactions between military and other social institutions.

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