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Gale Encyclopedia of World History: War provides a broad overview of war throughout world history, from ancient times to present, with a special emphasis on its causes and repercussions.

In two volumes, the set is organized chronologically, by war, into chapters. Chapters include:

  • Assyrian Conquests (853 B.C. to 612 B.C.)
  • Greek-Persian Wars (5th century B.C.)
  • Conquests of Alexander the Great (4th century B.C.)
  • Roman Conquests (3rd-1st centuries B.C.)
  • Invasions of Rome (4th and 5th centuries A.D.)
  • Expansion of Islam (7th-11th centuries)
  • Viking Raids & Norman Conquests (8th-11th centuries)
  • The Crusades (1099-1291)
  • Mongol Conquests (13th-14th centuries)
  • Hundred Years Wars (1337-1453)
  • Rise and Decline of the Ottoman Empire (14th-17th centuries)
  • Mogul Conquest of India (1526-1707)
  • Conquest of the Americas (15th-16th centuries)
  • Religious Wars in Europe (16th-17th centuries)
  • Japanese Feudal Wars (16th century)
  • Thirty Years War (1618-1648)
  • English Civil War (1642-1651)
  • Dynastic Wars of Europe (1688-1748)
  • Seven Years War (1756-1763)
  • American Revolution (1775-1781)
  • French Revolution & Napoleonic Wars (1789-1815)
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Crimean War (1854-1856)
  • South American Wars of Liberation (19th century)
  • European Wars of Empire (includes Boer Wars; 19th-early 20th century)
  • World War I (1914-1919)
  • Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
  • World War II (1939-1945)
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Post-Colonial Wars (1940s-1970s)
  • Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)
  • Terrorism

Each chapter includes an introductory essay on the war followed by entries grouped under consistent subheads:

  • Overview
  • Major Figures
  • Major Battles
  • Key Elements of War Craft
  • Impact

Gale Encyclopedia of World History: War consists of approximately 400 entries, including subject entries and biographies that average about 1,000 words; 300 images, including maps; a chronology; a glossary; sources for further study; and a general index.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

With their scope, depth, and breadth consistent with high school media center collections, these two-volume sets attempt to balance the biographical, political, geographical, military, social, legal, and economic aspects of U.S. and world history in a clear and concise manner. Each contains approximately 400 A-to-Z entries, including subject entries and biographies that average about 1000 words in length, as well as 300-plus images, maps, further reading lists, and an index. Each set starts off with an introduction that consists of a reader's guide, glossary, and chronology. The clean, crisp images accompanying the text in all volumes provide a lens into the time periods covered in each set.
—Marianne E. Giltrud

School Library Journal

Gr 7-10

These independent surveys chronologically cover similar territory from distinctly different angles. Governments profiles 270 political entities, beginning with the rise of Sumerian city-states, closing with the establishment of Montenegro as an independent state in 2006, and in between covering all of the current members of the United Nations plus major empires, confederations, and dynasties. The articles are punctuated by nine overview essays. Distinct governments that occupied similar geographic areas (such as Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic) are given separate entries. Each article opens with a brief description of the type of government, then traces relevant background, details structural elements and political parties (if any), and closes with an account of either the entity's downfall or issues that it is currently facing. War focuses on significant conflicts from the Assyrian conquests in the 9th century B.C.E. to "The Global War on Terrorism." Entries open with a series of short biographies, go on to describe major battles, highlight "Key Elements of Warcraft," and close with an analysis of the conflict's enduring impact. The writing in War is lively, occasionally shading into melodramatic: the Assyrian Empire flourished for centuries before "imploding spectacularly, perishing under the booted heel of vengeful conquerors...." Both sets are illustrated with a perfunctory assortment of low-contrast black-and-white pictures and often-hard-to-read maps, but do feature generous multimedia resource lists and full indexes in each volume. Being both narrow in approach and high in price, these will be most suitable for world-class subjectcollections.-John Peters, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414431482
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Series: Gale Encyclopedia of World History Series
  • Edition description: 2 Volume Set
  • Pages: 729
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.40 (d)

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