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Warfare has played a key role in human progress, profoundlyinfluencing political, economic, and social change. Ind eed ,the histor y of mankind and the history of war far e are inextricably link ed , with both the rise and fall of civilizations ofte n dep ending on the application of milit ar y force. This volume charts the development of war fare ove r seve ra l millennia, fro m its ea rliest origins in prehi story to the present day.