100 Decisive Battles

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What if the Saxons had triumphed over the Normans in the Battle of Hastings? If Washington had lost the Battle of Trenton? If Lee had won at Gettysburg? If the Germans had held the Allies at bay in Normandy? The world would be a much different place today.

Surveys the one hundred most decisive battles in world history from the Battle of Megiddo in 1469 B.C. to Desert Storm, 1991.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It is a good specialized resource for world military history which could be used by high school students as well as military history buffs. Recommended for high school, public library, and undergraduate collections."



"This useful survey will find a place in most collections."


School Library Journal

This should enjoy a wide circulation among all audiences. Students of war will appreciate the breadth (from the first battle reported by an eyewitness account in 1479 BC to Desert Storm, 1991 AD). History lovers will applaud the detail given to conflicts that are granted minimal space in history texts (e.g., Tours 732 AD, Blenheim 1704, Singapore 1942). Reluctant readers with an adventuresome streak will appreciate the length (generally only 5 pages per battle). All will approve of the comfortable writing style. The Table of Contents is a chronological one-page cornucopia. The reader can choose based on time, location, or particular war. Some engagements, such as Gettysburg 1863, will be generally familiar. Others, including Sekigaghara 1600, won't be. Each selection follows the same general pattern. In an introductory statement, the commanders, the size of the opposing forces, and the historical importance of the battle are presented. Three longer sections follow this. The first is the Historical Setting, which places the action politically, militarily, and geographically. The second section is entitled The Battle. Here, the actual fighting (strategy, leaders, troop deployments, etc.) is discussed. Most selections have maps (a definite asset) and some have additional illustrations. The final section is entitled The Results. Here, casualty counts, winners/losers, and short and long term results are examined. The final paragraph looks at how the battle helped to shape the future of the world. Sometimes these conclusions are surprising. The detailed bibliography and the nine-page index will be helpful for research projects. Unfortunately, there are no pronunciation aids to help withTenochtitlan, Hsiang-yang, et al. (a minor inconvenience). Good for research, in-depth study, or a "quick read." KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Oxford Univ. Press, 462p. illus. maps. bibliog., $18.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Prof. John E. Boyd; Jenkintown, PA , September 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 5)
VOYA - Voya Reviews
This military reference surveys a selection of the most decisive battles in world history. They are examined chronologically, beginning with the clash of the Egyptians and the Kadesh at Megiddo in 1479 B. C., and ending with the Desert Storm action of 1991. More well-known battles--Bull Run, the Monitor/Merrimac, Battle of the Bulge, Little Bighorn, the Alamo--will not be found here because the author has selected struggles that brought about a major political change, or, through victory, prevented such changes from happening. Other clashes are mentioned because they introduced new strategy or weaponry. Entries are approximately two thousand words long, limiting background details and confining the descriptions to the combatants, the historical setting, the battle itself, and the results. Each entry ends with a list of references used by the author in his research. Primary sources also are used in several accounts, and many articles include military maps identifying the movement of troops. Art works or photographs of more recent events are scattered throughout. A full bibliography is repeated at the end of the book, followed by a comprehensive index that includes the names of battle sites, military leaders, rulers, and nations. The text is scholarly yet accessible to the average high school student. This book is strictly a reference for research papers, not browsing. It should prove a useful tool to a wide array of students studying world military history. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblo. Appendix. 1999, ABC-CLIO, Ages 12 to Adult, 462p. PLB $75. Reviewer: Kevin Beach
Drawing from more detailed accounts, describes battles from Egyptian campaigns in the 15th century BC to Desert Storm. They were selected for bringing about important political or social changes or marking a turning point in warfare. Articles of about four pages provide the name and date, commanders, size of the forces, casualties, the historical and political context, countries involved and their goals, the battle plan, the action, the winner, and how history was affected by the outcome. They include maps and sometimes other illustration. General and young readers will appreciate the lack of technical military terms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From The Critics
Students of military history will find 100 Decisive Battles an important reference to the world's major battles it covers conflicts from ancient to modern times, providing details on the historical setting, the conflict itself, and its lasting effects. The result will provide a clear reference to any seeking foundation information on military struggles around the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576070758
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 476
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul K. Davis is Lecturer at the University of Texas and at St. Mary's University in San Antonio.
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