Horrors of War in the Ancient Near East

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Tags: Archaeology, Giluni, Hittite, Horrors of War, israel, Jordi Vidal, Middle East, Military campaigns, Near East, Second World War, Southern Levant, Sumur, Syria, Ugarit, Ur III, Van de Mieroop, WWII
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By: Jordi Vidal

War in the Middle East seems ever-present. But the study of war has been neglected, no more so than in the ancient Near East, and especially its impact on noncombatant populations.

After the Second World War, military history became a marginal discipline within academia. From 1960 to 1990, devoting oneself to the study of war meant the risk of being described as right-wing, a war-gamer or, in the best cases, second-rate. Some military history specialists explained this marginalisation as the direct result of the trauma caused by the twentieth century,

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