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Cultural Representation and the Practice of War in the Middle Ages

Cultural Representation and the Practice of War in the Middle Ages

By Richard Abels

Journal of Medieval Military History, Vol.6 (2008)

Introduction: Several years ago I was inspired by John Keegan’s provocative book A History of Warfare (1993) to ask my students on their final exam to assess whether medieval warfare was “Clausewitzian.” Over the years this evolved into a much broader question that required the students to weigh the merits of two competing approaches to the study of medieval warfare.

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