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Sarah Murray is Assistant Professor of Classics and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her book⏤The Collapse of the Mycenaean Economy: Trade, Imports, and Institutions, 1300–700 BCE⏤was published by Cambridge University Press in April 2017. She can be reached at smurray9@unl.edu.

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05/01/2017Sarah Murray
War and games have much in common: multiple contestants compete to win within a physically determined set of realities, each using strategies that are frequently buffeted by interventions of chance and chaos. It is no surprise, then, that war games have been used as predictive tools by military leaders since at least the early 19th century (see the recent collection Zones of Control [2016]). Less familiar is the idea of using games as reconstructive tools in academic military history, although the ancient historian Philip Sabin (Lost Battles [2009]; Simulating War [2014]) has...

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