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Title: Early Perspective of War

Voice: For centuries, armed men meeting on a field of battle have resolved wars. The history of warfare, involving land and sea combat, is marked by brutal fighting. Early warfare typically involved massed formations of combatants striving to defeat each other by inflicting more casualties that their opponent. Victory was usually determined by “the last man standing.”

Action: As the narration plays, scenes of warfare are presented including early Greeks and Roman legions using spears and swords, “broadsides” exchanged by ships, and Napoleon directing a battle with the fallen strewn around him.

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