The War On The World

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Fundamentally speaking, warfare is the means by which human society has been organized. The modern world is divided up into a number of states whose sovereignty is based either on the results of warfare or the threat of warfare. The ability of a states to wage and win wars is what determines the geopolitical pecking order. Those who cannot hope to win wars alone pursue policies and deals that ensure the intervention of more capable states in their defense, should one come about. Domestic policies and cultural developments, as well, are understood as wars: at this very moment, there is a War on Drugs, a War on Terror, a War on Women, a War on Poverty, even an alleged War on Christmas. Indeed, the uneasy peace that exists between the world’s current superpowers is a result of the expected outcome of Nuclear War. The nature of war, being so essential to the shape and nature of the world we live in, must be understood. To aid us in our own understanding of war, we can benefit tremendously from exploring the ways in which war was practiced, understood, and experienced by our cultural and ideological progenitors, the Greeks and Romans of Classical Antiquity. Classical Greek warfare can be best understood through the manner in which it was practiced: hoplite warfare. Hoplite warfare was communitarian, strictly organized and ritualistic. This particular style of combat shaped and was shaped by the culture in which it developed. In a traditional hoplite battle, men armed with

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