Davis (Encyclopedia of Invasions and Conquests: From Ancient to Modern Times, LJ 1/97) and Hamilton (history, St. Philip's Coll.) here approach their subject from the viewpoint of the people involved. Drawn from a wide variety of cultures and time periods, groups range from specialized military units such as the Green Berets and Varangian Guard to peoples organized in a military structure, such as the Hittites and Zulus. The encyclopedia is in standard A-to-Z format, with an index to locate subtopics. Each well-written, analytical entry includes more detail than would be found in a general encyclopedia and three references for further exploration of the topic. This work is especially suitable for high school students, undergraduates, and general readers with an interest in military history.--Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette
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Gr 10 Up-From Afghans to Zulus, and from the Spartans and Knights Templar to the Green Berets and the Flying Circus, this volume covers all of the basics on most of the fearsome fighting groups throughout history. They are listed alphabetically by their official name, but if readers don't know that Napoleon's army was called the Grande Arm e, they can find a reference to it under Napoleon in the index. The articles are short (usually one to two pages), and many include a black-and-white reproduction, photo, or map. Some of the pictures are a bit hazy. Each article ends with a brief selection of references. The index includes particular battles as well as individual leaders. The absence of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot seems a bit striking, but otherwise, this is a good reference book that will also be popular with browsers.-Herman Sutter, Saint Pius X High School, Houston, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Explores the origins and leadership of elite combat forces, chronicles their conquests and accomplishments, examines the circumstances surrounding their decline or disbanding, and assesses their influence on the groups and warfare methods that followed. Some of the tribes, leaders and militias covered are: Amazons, Buffalo Soldiers, Texas Rangers, Kamikazes, Teutonic Knights, and Green Berets. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"This work is especially useful for high school students, undergraduates, and general readers with an interest in military history."
"…this is a good reference book that will also be popular with browsers."
School Library Journal