ann (alishenai) wrote in worldbuilding,

warrior cultures?

Hi I'm looking for non-fiction books about warrior cultures. The recommendations can be about any culture -- even previous warrior cultures which no longer focuss so much on war. I would also like recomendations for ancient warrior cultures which permitted woman to fight in war. Thanks in advance.

FYI this is to help me with my world building since my world features quite a few warrior cultures and I thought it would be fun to do a little research on the matter.
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The ancient Celts (of the British Isles, at least) were pretty war-oriented and seem to have sometimes permitted women to fight. Over the summer I read Everyday Life of the Pagan Celts by Anne Ross, it's from the seventies but provides a great overview of Celtic culture and thought.
Generally speaking any ancient culture probably qualifies, especially by modern standards. (The Romans were utterly such a culture for much of their history, for instance.)

Ones which regularly permitted women to fight in open battle were rare and often mythologized, though.
I could be wrong but apparently the Spartan's permitted women to fight in open battle. So I just wondered if there were other ancient cultures which did the same.
They did not.
I highly recommend The Art of War by Sun Tzu and The Prince by Machiavelli. Both give some cultural flavor, but also contain a great deal of theory so that you can easily file off the serial numbers and use the ideas to create other fictional cultures.
I'd check out books on the Maori of New Zealand for an example of a more tribal warrior culture. Also, the ancient Norse Vikings' culture was fairly centralized around war.

I don't know of any cultures that allowed women to fight, but I'd check out some of the myths surrounding the Amazons.

Good luck!