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

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Throughout time, invasions and conquests have played a remarkable role in shaping our world and defining our boundaries, both physically and culturally. The Encyclopedia of Invasions and Conquests, a comprehensive guide to approximately 140 invasions, conquests, battles, and occupations 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. The 192 entries - on invasions, conquests, ...
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Overview

Throughout time, invasions and conquests have played a remarkable role in shaping our world and defining our boundaries, both physically and culturally. The Encyclopedia of Invasions and Conquests, a comprehensive guide to approximately 140 invasions, conquests, battles, and occupations 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. The 192 entries - on invasions, conquests, occupations, and political and military leaders - are arranged alphabetically within historical periods. Each chapter provides a map to help readers locate key areas and geographical features, and bibliographic references appear at the end of each entry. Other features include cross-references, a cumulative bibliography, and a comprehensive subject index. Students of history, military history, and political science as well as general readers will find this work full of all the information necessary for a complete understanding of the role of invasions and conquests in ancient and modern societies.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Davis has produced a thorough, well-written analytical work that provides information on the invasions and conquests of global historical significance."

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Library Journal

"Engaging writing, sensible organization, nice illustrations, interesting and obscure facts, and useful maps make this book a pleasure to read….Cross-references, a reference list for each entry, and a comprehensive bibliography are included, as is an index."

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American Reference Books Annual

"This solid reference will reach from high school to college-level libraries with its survey of invasions from ancient to modern times."

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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
School Library Journal
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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Offers 192 entries on some 140 invasions, conquests, battles, and occupations from ancient times to the present, organized alphabetically by geographical location, ethnic or national affiliation, and names of key military and political leaders, within sections on historical periods. Includes cross-references, entry bibliographies, and b&w maps. For students and general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874367829
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 443
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.42 (d)

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