Based on John Keegan’s book The History of Warfare, a New York Times bestseller, this two-part series explores the connections between humankind’s quest for peaceful development and its urge towards conquest and destruction.
FIRST BLOOD – The emergence of decisive, uncompromising approaches to battle marked the beginning of the western way of war.
EMPIRES AND ARMIES – The aggressive expansion of the Chinese and Roman empires brought each to confrontation with a new enemy – the Hun.
HORSE WARRIORS – As Rome crumbled, the horse-borne armies of the steppe terrified the settled peoples of Europe, India and China. For a thousand years the horse dominated the world’s battlefields.
GUNPOWDER – The first use of a gunpowder bombard in Europe at the Battle of Crecy marks the end of the knight’s reign and the greatest revolution in the history of warfare.