Free Read [Business Book] ✓ Chariot: The Astounding Rise and Fall of the World's First War Machine - by Arthur Cotterell ¸
Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM By Arthur Cotterell

The chariot changed the face of ancient warfare First in Mesopotamia, then in Asia Minor and Egypt, charioteers came to dominate the battlefield In c 1286 BC at Kadesh in the Eastern Mediterranean where the troops of Ramesses II overwhelmed the Hittites 5,000 chariots were deployed Its use is recounted in Indian epics and Chinese histories Homer s Iliad tells of tThe chariot changed the face of ancient warfare First in Mesopotamia, then in Asia Minor and Egypt, charioteers came to dominate the battlefield In c 1286 BC at Kadesh in the Eastern Mediterranean where the troops of Ramesses II overwhelmed the Hittites 5,000 chariots were deployed Its use is recounted in Indian epics and Chinese histories Homer s Iliad tells of the attack on Troy by Greek charioteers When Alexander the Great descended into the North Indian plain in early 326BC, he found chariots as well as elephants in the armies ranged against him After its disappearance from the battlefield, chariot racing attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators The Emperor Nero drove his own ten horse chariot in the Olympic Games he fell out but still won the prize In Constantinople in AD 352 a three day riot, ignited by a chariot race, left over 30,000 people dead after the Emperor Justinian had to send in troops to restore order This unique book traces the rise and fall of the chariot right across the Old World, from Ireland, through Rome, Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China Illustrated throughout and exploring the chariot s legacy not least as depicted in Hollywood films it provides a broad ranging and fascinating view of the world s first revolutionary war machine.
  • Title: Chariot: The Astounding Rise and Fall of the World's First War Machine
  • Author: Arthur Cotterell
  • ISBN: 9780712669429
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Hardcover

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Jeff Clay Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM
The London Times claims that this is an "amiably discursive" history of the rise and fall of chariots. Accurate as far as that phrase goes, but then a 6x6 prison cell might also be termed "monastic coziness." Chariot starts out with wonderful promise, eloquently describing that (arguably) greatest of great chariot battles, Kadesh, fought betwixt Ramses II's Egyptian forces and the Hittite Empire at its peak expansion under Muwatalli II in 1274 BCE. After a short dissertation on Anatolian interna [...]
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T Campbell Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM
A great book for long stretches, marred mainly by the author's tendency to go off on unrelated tangents. I like the use of fiction and fact as they relate to the subject matter, but Cotterell sometimes seems to confuse the two.
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Paul Weimer Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM
Chariot, From Chariot to Tank, The Astounding Rise and Fall of the World's First War Machine, by Arthur Cotterell is a history of the chariot. Between the domestication of the horse, and the use of stirrups and other techniques to make horse-riding warfare more practical, the primary uses of horses in warfare was by means of the chariot. Cotterell begins with the description of one of the major battles in the ancient world, the Egyptian-Hatti Battle of Kadesh in which 5000 chariots on both sides [...]
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Richard Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM
This book made me re-think what I know about chariots. Yes, the Ben-Hur races were real, but that is all the Romans used the things for, that and riding in one for a triumph (where a slave whispered in your ear that you are not a god will die). The original war chariots were mobile archer platforms. The archer was a noble used to hunting with a composite bow, so he was driven around. Chariots were light and battle chariots were not used as transport, rather they were broken down, carried and put [...]
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Sean Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM
disjointed and overly discursive. i would have prefered to see a thematic approach, rather than a geographic/cultural one. i also believe the book suffered seriously from a lack of proper editing -- cotterell's paragraph breaks are far from intuitive, and i found myself having to reread sections of the book to try to follow his train of thought. finally, i would have increased the "technical" focus of the book somewhat: in his discussion of the role of the chariot in india, for example, consists [...]
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Colin Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM
A book I've been meaning to read for some time . . . An interesting history of chariots and chariotry (though some parts are much more readable than others). Despite the somewhat spotty quality of the writing, this book is certainly an excellent reference on the subject.
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Joshua Horn Oct 14, 2019 - 06:19 AM
I like the idea and topic, but it is badly organized, doesn't gives enough context, and goes on tangents.
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Chariot: The Astounding Rise and Fall of the World's First War Machine By Arthur Cotterell The chariot changed the face of ancient warfare First in Mesopotamia, then in Asia Minor and Egypt, charioteers came to dominate the battlefield In c 1286 BC at Kadesh in the Eastern Mediterranean where the troops of Ramesses II overwhelmed the Hittites 5,000 chariots were deployed Its use is recounted in Indian epics and Chinese histories Homer s Iliad tells of tThe chariot changed the face of ancient warfare First in Mesopotamia, then in Asia Minor and Egypt, charioteers came to dominate the battlefield In c 1286 BC at Kadesh in the Eastern Mediterranean where the troops of Ramesses II overwhelmed the Hittites 5,000 chariots were deployed Its use is recounted in Indian epics and Chinese histories Homer s Iliad tells of the attack on Troy by Greek charioteers When Alexander the Great descended into the North Indian plain in early 326BC, he found chariots as well as elephants in the armies ranged against him After its disappearance from the battlefield, chariot racing attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators The Emperor Nero drove his own ten horse chariot in the Olympic Games he fell out but still won the prize In Constantinople in AD 352 a three day riot, ignited by a chariot race, left over 30,000 people dead after the Emperor Justinian had to send in troops to restore order This unique book traces the rise and fall of the chariot right across the Old World, from Ireland, through Rome, Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China Illustrated throughout and exploring the chariot s legacy not least as depicted in Hollywood films it provides a broad ranging and fascinating view of the world s first revolutionary war machine.

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