In 2023, Assyriologists specialized in the Achaemenid and Neo-Assyrian empires such as Christopher W. Jones and historians of warfare since 1500 such as Wayne E. Lee are interested in the mechanics of conquest. In the USA this may grow out of their failed adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan (link), while in Europe its part of the attempt to build support for the study of the ancient world. This post contains a bibliography on how people try to turn military success into lasting gains, whether by conquering and governing new subjects, terrorizing the inhabitants into giving periodic tribute, depopulating an area and settling it with their own people, or carrying off slaves and precious goods.
Bret Devereaux’s forthcoming monograph on Roman imperialism
Frahm, Eckart (2023) Assyria: The Rise and Fall of the World’s First Empire (I have not seen this)
Gyucha, Attila / Lee, Wayne E. / Rózsa, Zoltán (2019) “The Mongol Campaign in Hungary, 1241-1242: The Archaeology and History of Nomadic Conquest and Massacre,” Journal of Military History, Vol. 83 No. 4 pp. 1021-1066 https://www.academia.edu/40926370/
Jones, Christopher W. (2024) The Structure of the Late Assyrian State, 722-612 BC (Society of Biblical Literature Press)
Lee, Wayne E. (2018) “Reaping the Rewards: How the Governor, the Priest, the Taxman, and the Garrison Secure Victory in World History,” talk for the Institute of World Politics, 11 March 2018 https://piped.mha.fi/watch?v=4I8kic8xZh8
Lee, Wayne E. (2021) “Conquer, extract, and perhaps govern: organic economies, logistics, and violence in the pre-industrial world.” In Erica Charters, Marie Houllemare, and Peter H. Wilson (eds.), A Global History of Early Modern Violence. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press pp. 235-259. https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526140616.00022
Lee, Wayne E. (2023) The Cutting-Off Way: Indigenous Warfare in Eastern North America, 1500–1800 (The University of North Carolina Press) https://uncpress.org/book/9781469673783/the-cutting-off-way/
Smith, Michael E. (2016) “Ramses II vs. Pericles, or Darth Vader vs. the Rebel Alliance,” Wide Urban World, https://wideurbanworld.blogspot.com/2016/12/ramses-ii-vs-pericles-or-darth-vader-vs.html
Michael J. Taylor’s Soldiers and Silver
I welcome further suggestions! I hope to add some of the papers by Assyriologists in the coming months.
I have not mastered the art of turning excellence into lasting gains either. If you can, please share a link or support this site.
(scheduled 21 May 2023)
Edit 2023-05-24: added Smith