Battles that Changed History: An Encyclopedia of World Conflict

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The mythic and doomed stand of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae; the siege of Carthage in 149-146 BCE, which ended with Rome destroying the city and enslaving the entire remaining Carthaginian population; the Battle of Hastings in 1066, arguably the most important battle ever on English soil; the Battle of Trenton that saved the American Revolutionary cause and established the military reputation of General Washington; the firebombing of Tokyo on the night of March 9-10, 1945, that destroyed one quarter of the city.

All of these conflicts—and hundreds more—played a crucial role in defining the direction of history and the evolution of human society. This text provides high school-level readers with detailed descriptions of the battlefield actions that have played the greatest parts in shaping military history and human existence. Special attention is paid to the greater historical context and significance of each battle, especially in relation to other events.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This clear and concise overview of the major battles from a number of wars would be a great addition to the collection of any library. Recommended."


Library Journal

"A very useful military-history resource. . . . recommended for undergraduate and public libraries as well as high school




Library Journal
Tucker (coeditor, The Encyclopedia of Middle East Wars [see review, p. 83]) has compiled over 200 battles that had a significant impact on history. About half of the battles are drawn from the 19th through 21st centuries. The earliest account is of the Battle of Megiddo that took place in May 1479 B.C.E., and the last entry is the Iraq war's battle for Baghdad, which took place from March 19 to May 1, 2003. Each entry includes the date, opponents (with the winner denoted by an asterisk), commanders, number of troops, and importance of the battle. Many include a map of the battlefield, and each entry ends with a list of references. The book is arranged chronologically, and there is a list of battles at the beginning of the book that allows researchers to find a specific battle easily. An extensive bibliography provides further information about the battles. BOTTOM LINE This clear and concise overview of the major battles from a number of wars and would be a great addition to the collection of any library. Recommended.—Diane Fulkerson, Univ. of West Georgia Lib., Carrollton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598844290
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/11/2010
  • Pages: 655
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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