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War is an intense armed conflict between states, governments, societies, or paramilitary groups such as mercenaries, insurgents and militias. It is generally characterized by extreme violence, aggression, destruction, and mortality, using regular or irregular military forces. Warfare refers to the common activities and characteristics of types of war, or of wars in general. Total war is warfare that is not restricted to purely legitimate military targets, and can result in massive civilian or other non-combatant suffering and casualties.

The scholarly study of war is sometimes called polemology ( POL-ə-MOL-ə-jee), from the Greek polemos, meaning "war", and -logy, meaning "the study of".

While some scholars see war as a universal and ancestral aspect of human nature, others argue it is a result of specific socio-cultural, economic or ecological circumstances.

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Anti-aircraft, Puerto Rico, pre-war

Anti-aircraft, Puerto Rico, pre-war

Title: Anti-aircraft, Puerto Rico, pre-war . .Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: 1939..Place: San Juan, Puerto Rico..Physical Description: 1 transparency: film, color; 10 x 13 cm. ..File: ag1982_0... More

King & Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales

King & Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales

King George V, Queen Mary and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, taken during a visit to the Western Front in France. They are positioned in front of a large brick building with French windows. The King and Queen are ... More

Council of war from BL Royal 15 E I, f. 91

Council of war from BL Royal 15 E I, f. 91

Miniature of the council of war before the attack on Antioch, with a partial border. Image taken from f. 91 of Historia rerum in partibus transmarinis gestarum, in French, with continuation to 1231. Written in French.

Arms of Edward VI from BL Royal 16 E XXXII, f. 1v

Arms of Edward VI from BL Royal 16 E XXXII, f. 1v

Frontispiece with the arms of Edward VI. Image taken from f. 1v of Addressed to Edward VI (f. 1), dedicatory letter referring to the recent peace with Henry II of France (ff. 2-3v), Ad Nicoclem, beginning, 'Ceu... More

War between Athens and Crete from BL Royal 16 G VII, f. 67v

War between Athens and Crete from BL Royal 16 G VII, f. 67v

Detail of a miniature of the war between Athens and Crete. Image taken from f. 67v of Les anciennes hystoires rommaines (A compilation of ancient history in two parts, each preceded by a table of contents: Part... More

Decorated initial from BL Royal 16 E XXXII, f. 2

Decorated initial from BL Royal 16 E XXXII, f. 2

Decorated initial ‘C’(ongnoissant) with a scatter border. Image taken from f. 2 of Addressed to Edward VI (f. 1), dedicatory letter referring to the recent peace with Henry II of France (ff. 2-3v), Ad Nicoclem,... More

Council of war from BL Royal 15 E I, f. 69v

Council of war from BL Royal 15 E I, f. 69v

Detail of a miniature of the council of war before the attack on Antioch, with a foliate initial 'N'(os gens). Image taken from f. 69v of Historia rerum in partibus transmarinis gestarum, in French, with contin... More

War in heaven from BL Royal 15 D II, f. 154v

War in heaven from BL Royal 15 D II, f. 154v

Detail of a miniature of a battle in heaven between angels and dragons, in illustration of Revelation 12: 7. Image taken from f. 154v of La lumiere as lais; Apocalypse (the 'Welles Apocalypse'). Written in French.

Civil war in England from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 427v

Civil war in England from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 427v

Detail of a miniature of a battle during the Civil War in England. Image taken from f. 427v of Chroniques de France ou de St Denis. Written in French.

Bellum (war) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 183v

Bellum (war) from BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 183v

Detail of a historiated initial 'U' of a battle. Image taken from f. 183v of Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio). Written in Latin.

War Hat, 14th century
Jean Duvet - Vier ruiters uit de Apocalyps

Jean Duvet - Vier ruiters uit de Apocalyps

De vier ruiters uit de Apocalyps: Overwinning met kroon en pijl en boog, Oorlog met een opgeheven zwaard, Honger zwaait met een weegschaal en de Dood met een drietand. Zij vertrappen mensen. Vierde prent uit ee... More

Haerlem (Haarlem), 16th century

Haerlem (Haarlem), 16th century

Flemish (artist nationality) painter, engraver, etcher, and publisher (artist role) Recto: bottom center: (within image) HAERLEM. ; bottom center: (beneath image, but within plate, in German) 13. Nachdem sich H... More

Zamoyski, Jan Savius
Veldslag tussen Romeinen en Carthagers, ca. 218-201 v.Chr.

Veldslag tussen Romeinen en Carthagers, ca. 218-201 v.Chr.

Een gevecht tussen de Romeinen, geleid door Scipio Africanus, en de Carthagers. Soldaten te voet en te paard in gevecht met elkaar. Links op de achtergrond een stad in brand. Links op de voorgrond ligt de harts... More

Formatie van de vloot waarmee Willem III naar Engeland is gevaren, 1688

Formatie van de vloot waarmee Willem III naar Engeland is gevaren, 168...

De formatie van de vloot waarmee prins Willem III vanuit Hellevoetsluis naar Engeland is vertrokken, 11 november 1688. Gezicht op de formatie in vogelvluchtperspectief. Op de voorgrond links een allegorische vo... More

Joyeuse, Anne Duc de
Joyeuse, Anne Duc de
Bellum Cuius Causa (The Cause of War)

Bellum Cuius Causa (The Cause of War)

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century

European man in metal helmet firing on Indians while other Indians watch

European man in metal helmet firing on Indians while other Indians wat...

Title devised by cataloger. Photograph of a painting, possibly by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris; possibly of Spanish colonization in 16th or 17th century. No Detroit Publishing Co. no. Gift; State Historical Society ... More

Juno vraagt Jupiter de Grieken te helpen

Juno vraagt Jupiter de Grieken te helpen

Giulio Bonasone was an Italian painter and engraver born in Bologna. He possibly studied painting under Lorenzo Sabbatini, and painted a Purgatory for the church of San Stefano, but all his paintings have been ... More

Oorlog van Filips de Schone tegen Karel van Gelre

Oorlog van Filips de Schone tegen Karel van Gelre

Koperen penning. Voorzijde: zittende vrouw en staande man; tussen hen in wimpel met opschrift binnen omschrift. Keerzijde: letter A binnen vier paren van halve cirkels, onder kroon, boven leeuw, geflankeerd doo... More

Overwinningen van Karel V, Duits keizer, in de oorlog tegen Frankrijk, rekenpenning van Holland, Zeeland en Friesland

Overwinningen van Karel V, Duits keizer, in de oorlog tegen Frankrijk,...

Koperen penning. Voorzijde: twee wapenschilden, geplaatst boven derde wapenschild binnen omschrift. Keerzijde: tweekoppige adelaar met later ingestempeld wapenschild op borst binnen omschrift

Trivulzio, Marchese di Vigevano, Gian Giacomo

Trivulzio, Marchese di Vigevano, Gian Giacomo

Stecher: Pinssio, Sébastien Zeichner: Robert, J. Verlagsort:

Caesar from BL Harley 6205, f. 17

Caesar from BL Harley 6205, f. 17

Caesar directing archers, with the date of 1519 in the lower right corner. Image taken from f. 17 of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Portraits from BL Harley 6205, f. 3

Portraits from BL Harley 6205, f. 3

Roundels of portraits of King Francis I of France and Julius Caesar. Image taken from f. 3 of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Harbour from BL Harley 6205, f. 53

Harbour from BL Harley 6205, f. 53

Miniature of a harbour before a city. Image taken from f. 53 of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Battle from BL Harley 6205, f. 21v

Battle from BL Harley 6205, f. 21v

Caesar in battle, and the date 1519 in the lower right corner. Image taken from f. 21v of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Caesar enthroned from BL Harley 6205, f. 43

Caesar enthroned from BL Harley 6205, f. 43

Detail of a miniature of Caesar enthroned among courtiers. Image taken from f. 43 of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Swiss burning their villages from BL Harley 6205, f. 9v

Swiss burning their villages from BL Harley 6205, f. 9v

Detail of a miniature of the Swiss burning their villages. Image taken from f. 9v of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Bridge from BL Harley 6205, f. 23

Bridge from BL Harley 6205, f. 23

Detail of miniature of the construction of a bridge. Image taken from f. 23 of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Image from BL Harley 6205, f. 60

Image from BL Harley 6205, f. 60

Image taken from f. 60 of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Diviciacus from BL Harley 6205, f. 31v

Diviciacus from BL Harley 6205, f. 31v

Diviciacus, a king in Gaul and Britain, kneeling before Caesar. Image taken from f. 31v of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Considius from BL Harley 6205, f. 33v

Considius from BL Harley 6205, f. 33v

Drawing of Considius on horseback and Caesar. Image taken from f. 33v of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Swiss burning their villages from BL Harley 6205, f. 9v

Swiss burning their villages from BL Harley 6205, f. 9v

Miniature of the Swiss burning their villages. Image taken from f. 9v of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Kneeling man from BL Harley 6205, f. 13

Kneeling man from BL Harley 6205, f. 13

Detail of a miniature of a kneeling supplicant. Image taken from f. 13 of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Image from BL Harley 6205, f. 36v

Image from BL Harley 6205, f. 36v

Image taken from f. 36v of Commentaires de la Guerre Gallique. Written in French.

Overwinningen van Karel V, Duits keizer, in de oorlog tegen Frankrijk, rekenpenning van de raad van Financien

Overwinningen van Karel V, Duits keizer, in de oorlog tegen Frankrijk,...

Koperen penning. Voorzijde: Karel V in harnas, zittend in zeilbootje binnen omschrift. Keerzijde: leeuw, liggend voor gekroond wapenschild, geflankeerd door twee aan bijlen hangende harnassen binnen omschrift

Voorbereidingen op de oorlog tegen Frankrijk, rekenpenning van Holland, Zeeland en Friesland

Voorbereidingen op de oorlog tegen Frankrijk, rekenpenning van Holland...

Koperen penning. Voorzijde: drie wapenschilden in kring geplaatst rond letter L binnen omschrift. Keerzijde: wimpel met opschrift tussen zuilen van Herkules onder kroon binnen omschrift

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