Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power
Victor Davis Hanson
Hanson tackles the rather unpopular subject of Western military superiority. His main premise is that for centuries the method of Western warfare has made Europeans "the most deadly soldiers in the history of civilization."
The Human Face of Warfare
Edited by Michael Evans & Alan Ryan
Killing, Fear & Chaos in Battle
ICS Equipment Review
The weaponry includes everything from actual weapons to simulations that will allow us a degree of realism while maintaining some safety.
IHS/ICS Personnel Attend
TTOS Combat Tracking Course
The TTOS course is primarily aimed at training military and law enforcement personnel, several of whom were involved in this particular course.
Classical Fighting Arts of Japan:
A Complete Guide to Koryu Jujutsu
by Serge Mol
Serge Mol's Classical Fighting Arts of Japan: A Complete Guide to Koryu Jujutsu is well written, designed, and illustrated. As Kodansha is the publisher, the book will probably remain in print for a very long time.
The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe
by Sydney Anglo
IHS reviewer, Liam Keeley, highly recommends this as a must read.

fighting systems
Sillambam Fighting

Integrated Combative Systems

Combative Behavior
Evolutionary Combative Behavior
Miscellaneous Combative Behavior/Performance
Arms & Armor
Fighting Arts & Systems (Weapons Use)
Military and Warfare

Combative Behavior

Men Women & War: Do Women Belong In the Front Lines. Van Crevald, Martin. 2001. London: Cassell & Co. 113 pp.
Rather than dealing with the current studies of women in combat roles, van Crevald provides an historical perspective, clearly demonstrating the mythical basis to claims of historical evidence of women in combat.

Acts of War: The Behavior of Men in Battle. Holmes, Richard. New York: The Free Press.1989. Hardcover. Paperback.

Among the Thugs: The Experience, and the Seduction, of Crowd Violence. Buford, Bill. First American edition. New York and London: W. W. Norton, 1992. Paperback.

The Face of Battle. Keegan, John. London: The Viking Press, 1976. (Military Heritage Press edition, 1986; Viking paperback ed., 1995.) Paperback.

"Fight, Flight or Freeze: Implications of the Passive Fear Response for Anxiety and Depression." Hamilton, Laurie, Ph.D. Phobia Practice and Research Journal, vol. 2, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 1989): 17-27.

Forward into Battle: Fighting Tactics from Waterloo to the Near Future. 2nd ed. Griffith, Paddy. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1992. Paperback.

Hero or Coward: Pressures Facing the Soldier in Battle. Dinter, Elmar. Frank Cass: London, 1985. Hardcover. Paperback.

"Stress in Combat." Davis, Stanley W. Scientific American. 194, no. 3 (March, 1956): 31-35.

"The Value of the 'Arme Blanche,' from actual instances in the Russo-Japanese Campaign." Kamozawa, Captain T. The Cavalry Journal. 6 (July 1911): 322-?.

Evolutionary Combative Behavior

The Biology of Violence. Niehoff, Debra. 1999. NY: The Free Press. 353 pp.
This book is a pioneer work on the subject of the biological basis of violence, and provides important insights.

Dark Side of Man, The: Tracing the Origins of Male Violence. Michael P. Ghiglieri. Reading, Mass: Perseu Books, 1999.

Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence. Wrangham and Peterson. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996. (Mariner Books, paperback edition.)

Guns, Germs, and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years. Diamond, Jared. New York: W. W. Norton, 1998. Hardcover. (Paperback edition available 6/1999.)

Hunting Apes, The : Meat Eating and Human Behavior. Craig B. Stanford. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1999. Hardcover.

Man Corn: Cannibalism and Violence in the Prehistoric American Southwest. Turner, Christy G. II and Turner, Jacqueline A. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1999. Hardcover.

Prehistoric Warfare in the American Southwest. LeBlanc, Steven Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press,1999. Hardcover.

War Before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage. Keeley, Lawrence H. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Paperback.

Miscellaneous Combative Behavior/Performance

CopShock: Surviving Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD). Kates, Allen R. Tucson,
Arizona: Holbrook Street Press, 1999. Paperback.

A Portrait of the Israeli Soldier. Gal, Reuven. Westport, Connecticut:
Greenwood Press, Inc., 1986. Hardback.

Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History. McNeill, William H. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Paperback.

The Wrestler''s Body: Identity and Ideology in North India. Alter, Joseph S. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992. Hardcover

Arms & Armor

Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction: The 14th Century. Price, Brian. Boulder: Paladin Press. 508 pp. 2000.
An excellent and well illustrated resource on the topic of 14th century European armour. Very nicely done, particularly for Paladin Press.

Arms and Armour In Antiquity and the Middle Ages. LaCombe, Paul. 1996 (1907). Boutell, Charles, translator. Conshohocken, PA: Combined Books, Inc. 296 pp.
Originally published in French in 1868, LaCombe took the somewhat unique perspective of the ordinary fighting man. That combined with the perspective of a scholar living in a period of transition into modern warfare makes this book worth looking at.

Arms & Armor of the Crusading Era 1059-1359: Islam, Easter Europe and Asia.

Mechanicsburg, PA: Nicolle, David. Stackpole Books,1999. Hardback.

A Knight and His Weapons. Oakeshott, Ewart. Second Edition. Chester
Springs, Pennsylvania: Dufour Editions, Inc., 1997. Paperback.

Anglo-Saxon Weapons and Warfare. Underwood, Richard. Stroud: Tempus Publishing, Ltd., 1999.

Arms and Armor of the Greeks. Snodgrass, A.M. Johns Hopkins University Press, (original publication, 1967), updated 1999. Paperback.

Arms and Armor of the Samurai: The History of Weaponry in Ancient Japan. Turnbull, Stephen, Bottomley, I., Hopson, A.P.. New York: Random House, 1996. Hardcover.

The Complete Encyclopedia of Arms & Weapons: The most comprehensive reference work ever published on arms and armor--with over 1,2000 illustrations. Tarassuk, Leonid and Blair, Claude. Editors... (English translation of Enciclopedia Ragionata Delle Armi, 1979, by Arnoldo Mondadori.) Bonanza Books. Crown Publishers, Inc., 1982. Out of print.

A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times: Together with Some Closely Related Subjects. Stone, George Cameron. (Reprint of edition published by The Southworth Press in 1934.) New York: Jack Brussel, 1961. New Paperback Reprint.

Roman Infantry Equipment: The Later Empire. Stephenson, Ian P. Stroud: Tempus Publishing, Ltd., 1999. Weapons & Armor. Sietsema, Robert. Hart Picture Archives. Edited by Harold H. Hart. New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc.1978.

Fighting Arts & Systems (Weapons Use)


Deadly Fighting Skills of the World. Crawford, Steve. First American
Edition. New York, NY: St. Martin's Griffin, 1999. Paperback.

The Duel: Its Rise and Fall in Early Modern France. Billacois, Francois. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990. Hardcover.

Martial Musings: A Portrayal of Martial Arts in the 20th Century. Robert W. Smith. Via Media Publishing Co., 1999. Hardcover.



Capoeira: A Brazilian Art Form. Almeida, Bira. 1981. Palo Alto, CA: Sun Wave Inc.

Ring of Liberation: Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira. Lewis, J. Lowell. 1992. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Xing Yi Quan Xue: The Study Of From-Mind Boxing. Sun, Lu Tang. Dan Miller,
Ed. Burbank, Ca: Unique Publications, 2000. Paperback.

Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods. Smith, Robert W. 1974. Tokyo: Kodansha. Hardcover.

The History and Philosophy of Kung Fu. Medeiros, Dr. Earl C. 1974. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Co. Hardcover.

Europe and the Western World

Secrets of the Sword. Bazancourt, Baron Cesar De. Bangor, Maine: Laureate
Press, 1998. Paperback.

The Medieval Archer. Bradbury, Jim. 1985. NY: St. Martin's Press. Hardcover.

Medieval Swordsmanship: Illustrated methods and Techniques. Clements, John. 1998. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press. Paperback.

Methods and Practice of Elizabethan Swordplay. Turner, Craig and Soper, Tony. 1990. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press. Hardcover.

On Fencing. Nadi, Aldo. 1996. Bangor: Laureate Press. Paperback.

Renaissance Swordsmanship: The Illustrated Use of Rapiers and Cut-and-Thrust Swords. Clements, John. 1997. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press. Paperback.

Schools and Masters of Fence. Castle, Edgerton.1969. London: Arms and Armour Press. Hardcover.

The Secret History of the Sword: Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts. Amberger, J. Christoph. (Revised & expanded edition.) Burbank, California: Multi-media Books, 1999. Paperback.

Three Elizabethan Fencing Manuals: His True Art of Defence (1594 - Giacomo di Grassi); His Practice (1595 - Vincention Saviolo); Paradoxes of Defence (1599 - George Silver); Bref Instructions Upon My Paradoxes of Defence. 1972. Delmar, NY: Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints. Hardcover.

Western Boxing & World Wrestling: Story & Practice. Gilbey, John F. 1993. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. Paperback.


Silambam: Technique & Evaluation. Raj, J. David Manuel. 1971. Palayamkottai: Fatima Press.

When the Body Becomes All Eyes : Paradigms, Discourses and Practices of Power in Kalarippayattu, a South Indian Martial Art. Zarilli, Phillip. 1998. London: Oxford University Press. Hardcover.


Pentjak Silat: The Indonesian Fighting Arts. Alexander, Howard, Chambers, Quintin, & Draeger, Donn F. 1970. Tokyo: Kodansha.

Weapons & Fighting Arts of the Indonesian Archipelago. Draeger, Donn F. 1972. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle. Hardcover.


Nippon no kobudo. Yokose, Tomoyuki. Tokyo: Nippon Budokan, 2000. Hardback.

Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts. Draeger, Donn F. and Smith, Robert W. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1981. (Second printing, paperback.) Paperback.

The Deity and the Sword: Katori Shintoryu. Otake Risuke. (Text in English and Japanese.) 3 Vols. Tokyo, 1977-1978.

The Martial Arts and Ways of Japan - Volumes 1-3. Classical Bujutsu. The Martial Arts and Ways of Japan, Vol. I. Draeger, Donn F. New York: Weatherhill, 1973. Paperback.

Classical Budo. The Martial Arts and Ways of Japan, Vol. II. Draeger, Donn F. New York: Weatherhill, 1973. Paperback. Modern Bujutsu and Budo. The Martial Arts and Ways of Japan, Vol. III. Draeger, Donn F. New York: Weatherhill, 1974. Paperback.

Heavenly Warriors: The Evolution of Japan's Military, 500-1300. Farris, William Wayne. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992. Paperback.

Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan. Friday, Karl F. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Paperback.

"Histore des moines guerriers du Japon." Renondeau, R. Melanges publies par l'instituit des hautes eetudies Chinoises. 1 (1957): 159-346.

Koryu Bujutsu: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan. Skoss, Diane, ed. Berkeley Heights, New Jersey: Koryu Books, 1997. (Paperback.) Paperback.

Sword & Spirit: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan. Volume 2. Skoss, Diane. Editor. (A new publication by Koryu Books.) Paperback.

The Warrior Koans: Early Zen in Japan. Leggett, Trevor. New York: Arkana, 1985. Paperback.

Zen and the Ways. Leggett, Trevor. Boulder: Shambala, 1978. Paperback.


Filipino Martial Culture. Wiley, Mark.1997. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 375 pp. Good (and only) hoplogical perspective on Filipino martial culture.

Military and Warfare

Classical Military & Warfare

The Wars of the Ancient Greeks. Hanson, Victor Davis. London: Cassell,
1999. Hardback.

The Encyclopedia of Military History from 3500 B.C. to the Present. Dupuy, R. Ernest and Dupuy, Trevor N. Second Revised Edition. New York: Harper & Row, 1986.

Combat Sports in the Ancient World: Competition, Violence, and Culture. Poliakoff, Michael B. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. Paperback.

Gates of Fire. Pressfield, Steven. New York: Doubleday, 1998. Hardcover. " impressive new novel on the Greek/Persian battle of Thermopylae. Pressfield has done some fine research not only into the military and social history of the period and the peoples, but he provides an unusually perceptive insight into a uniquely martial people, the Spartans. In Gates of Fire, Pressfield has set a standard of hoplological understanding and excellence that few specialist non-fiction writers achieve, never mind novelists. We congratulate him on an excellent piece of work on the Greek warrior, the hoplite." Hoplite

The Medieval Soldier In the Wars Of the Roses. Boardman, Andrew W. Stroud: Sutton Publishing Co., 1998. Hardcover.

More than Just a Game: The Military Nature of Greek Athletic Contests. Nancy B. Reed. Paperback.

The Skulking Way of War: Technology and Tactics among the New England Indians. Malone, Patrick M. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1993. Hardcover. Paperback.

Thermopylae: The Battle for the West. Bradford, E. Da Capo Press, 1980. Paperback.

The Western Way of War. Hanson, Victor David. Introduction by John Keegan. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. Paperback.


Fighting For the Future: Will America Triumph. Peters, Ralph. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. 210 pp.
Peters delivers a very interesting profile of modern, military geo-politics. is approach is pertinent from both ends of the spectrum, from nation-states (and trans-national powers) to individual members of the modern military.

Death Ground: Today's American Infantry in Battle. Bolger, Daniel P.
Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 2000. Paperback.

War and Our World. Keegan, John. New York: Vintage Books, a division of
Random House, Inc., 1998. Paperback.

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War. Bowden, Mark. Atlantic Monthly
Press, 1999. Hardcover. A detailed account of the 1993 nightmare operation in Mogadishu that left 18 American soldiers dead and many more wounded. Bowden's narrative tells of how Rangers and elite Delta Force troops embarked on a mission to capture a pair of high-ranking deputies to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid only to find themselves surrounded in a hostile African city... --John J. Miller,

Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command in Future War. Marshall, S.L.A. Gloucester: Peter Smith, 1978. Hardcover.

World War II

Fighting Power: German and U.S. Army Performance, 1939-1945. van Creveld, Martin L. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1982. Hardcover.

Korean War

This Kind of War. Fehrenbach, T. R. 50th Anniversary Edition. Washington,
DC: Brassey's, 2000. Paperback.


Bullseyes Don't Shoot Back. Applegate, Rex and Janich, Mike D. 1998. Boulder: Paladin Press.

The Close Combat Files of Colonel Rex Applegate. Applegate, Rex and Melson, Chuck. 1998. Boulder: Paladin Press.

Deadly Fource Encounters: What Cops Need to Know to Mentally and Physically Prepare for and Survive a Gunfight. Artwohl, Dr. Alexis and Christensen, Loren W. 1997. Boulder: Paladin Press. 264 pp. Fairly extensive clinical and anecdotal overview of all aspects review of law enforcement gunfights and their aftermaths.

Fear and Courage 2nd ed. Rachman, S.J. 1990. NY: W.H. Freeman & Co. 405 pp. Comprehensively covers all the known aspects of fear.

Kill Or Get Killed. Applegate, Rex. 1962. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books.

Get Tough. Fairbairn, William E. 1987. Boulder: Paladin Press. One of the best, though brief, overviews of handgun combat.

No Second Place Winner. Jordan, Bill. Hardcover. (Spanish Language Hardcover.)

Sharpening the Warrior's Edge. Siddle, Bruce K. 1995. Millstadt, IL: PPCT Research Publications. 148 pp. Good information on neurological and physiological reactions to stress, particularly relating to vision. The book's biggest weakness is its lack of sources.

Tactical Tracking Operations: The Essential Guide for Military and Police Trackers. Scott-Donelan, David. Boulder: Paladin Press, 1998. 170 pp. Paperback. Comprehensive guide to combat tracking with valuable combat insights from an individual with extensive field experience.

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