Encyclopedia of Invasions and Conquests: From Ancient Times to the Present

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An authoritative and thoroughly readable volume that will prove invaluable for everyone from military historians to history buffs to those wanting to know the impact of war on the borders and cultures of countries around the world.
The Encyclopedia of Invasions and Conquests, a comprehensive guide to 192 invasions, conquests, battles, occupations, and military leaders from ancient times to the present, takes readers on a journey that includes the Roman conquest of Britain, the ...

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Overview

An authoritative and thoroughly readable volume that will prove invaluable for everyone from military historians to history buffs to those wanting to know the impact of war on the borders and cultures of countries around the world.
The Encyclopedia of Invasions and Conquests, a comprehensive guide to 192 invasions, conquests, battles, occupations, and military leaders from ancient times to the present, takes readers on a journey that includes the Roman conquest of Britain, the Portuguese colonization of Brazil, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. This engaging, lucid, carefully researched volume provides a thorough review of each battle while examining the repercussions on infrastructure, tradition, language, and more. Some entries cover civilizations and cultures (Han Dynasty, the Huns, the Uzbeks), while others are devoted to selected historical figures (Julius Caesar, Napoleon Buonaparte, Douglas MacArthur). Each chapter provides a map to help readers locate key areas and geographical features. Other features include cross-references, a cumulative bibliography, and a comprehensive subject index.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
“Engaging writing, sensible organization, nice illustrations, interesting and obscure facts, and useful maps make this book a pleasure to read, even if one has no interest in the history of war.”
Booklist
“Readable and well-researched.”
Library Journal
Defining invasion as an act of aggression by one country against another, Davis history, Univ. of Texas, San Antonio has produced a thorough, well-written analytical work that provides information on the invasions and conquests of global historical significance. Each entry includes two or three references for further reading and cross references to other entries. But what could have been a fine reference work is marred by an awkward arrangement, with entries listed alphabetically within broad time spans and no maps to show routes of invasion and conquest. This severely limits the usefulness of the encyclopedia. Academic libraries already possessing standard encyclopedias and Cambridge histories can safely pass on this one. Other libraries should approach with caution and purchase only if needed.-Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette
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Gr 8 UpA single-volume encyclopedia that attempts to squeeze a lot of history into a few pages. The book is organized into seven broad eras ranging from the ancient world to the 20th century; within each time period, invasions and conquests are presented in alphabetical order. An introduction lists and numbers the events included and locates them on a vague outline map that does not delineate political boundaries. Articles are two-to-five pages in length. There are 35 black-and-white reproductions of illustrations, portraits, and photographs. Although the scope of the work is extensive, it is limited by the author's definitions of "conquest" and "invasion." Conquest is defined as "the occupation and long-term domination of one country by another." Invasion is described as "one country invading another," thus eliminating all civil wars and most revolutions. Many entries are vague; there are not enough specific dates and facts, and the battles or incidents are not placed within their larger historical context. The organization might lead to confusion in finding specific events. This volume might be useful for quick ready reference and the extensive bibliography will facilitate further research. However, most students will be better served by one of the many books written specifically about the historical events described only briefly here.Marsha S. Holden, Lincolnwood Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393317893
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/1998
  • Pages: 443
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul K. Davis received a Ph.D. in war studies from King's College, University of London. He currently teaches history at the University of Texas at San Antonio and St. Mary's University.

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