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Oxford University Press (August 28, 2003)
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The Field and Forge is impressively wide-ranging. Professor John Landers tackles a question that we all have in the back of our minds: what was life like when we only had the muscle power of humans and draft animals to aid our productivity?

The Field and Forge is impressively wide-ranging. thought-provoking volume in upper-level courses on the history of technology, military technology, demographics, historical geography, or economic history. -Technology and Culture. Landers's prose is clear, and not overly encumbered with jargon. Professor John Landers tackles a question that we all have in the back of our minds: what was life like when we only had the muscle power of humans and draft animals to aid our productivity?

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This wide-ranging analysis demonstrates how technology changed the scope of state and empire building, and explores why this scope was realized in the ancient world rather than the medieval west.

It also seems that the book's main argument is overly extended to 440 pages, when two hundred would have sufficed. That said, it is quite easy to parse the sections in which one is interested, for Landers's organization is exceedingly detailed

This wide-ranging analysis demonstrates how technology change.

John Landers, e. Historical epidemiology and the health transition (Canberra: Health Transition Centre, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, 1993). John Landers and Vernon Reynolds, eds, Fertility and resources (Thirty-first Symposium of the Society for the Study of Human Biology, University of Oxford, 1989, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990).

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It takes as its starting point E. A. Wrigley’s concept of ‘organic economies’ and their reliance on the land for energy and raw materials. It first considers the constraints on productivity, transportation, and the spatial organization of the economy

By John Landers, xiv + 440 pp. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

By John Landers, xiv + 440 pp. Recommend this journal.

The second section analyses the constraints imposed by muscle-powered military technology and by the organic economy on the tactical, operational, and strategic use of armed force, and the consequences of the spread of firearms in recorded history's first energy revolution

The second section analyses the constraints imposed by muscle-powered military technology and by the organic economy on the tactical, operational, and strategic use of armed force, and the consequences of the spread of firearms in recorded history's first energy revolution. This is followed by an analysis of the military and economic constraints on the political integration of space through the formation of geographically extensive political units, and the volume concludes with a section on the demographic and economic consequences of the investment of manpower and resources in war.

The Field and the Forge offers an innovative approach to the pre-industrial history of Europe and the Mediterranean basin from Roman times through to the Industrial Revolution. This wide-ranging analysis demonstrates how technology changed the scope of state and empire building, and explores why this scope was realized in the ancient world rather than the medieval west. This work not only considers the who and what of history, but provides a clear demonstration of why things happened.