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The Great Battles: 50 Key Battles from the Ancient World to the Present Day

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The history of the world is largely the history of warfare. The first recorded wars were fought in ancient Sumeria over 5,000 years ago and various conflicts continue to rage in the world we live in today. The Great Battles is a lavish and comprehensive introduction to those clashes that have altered the course of history. Each of the 50 key battles is examined in a lively and thoroughly researched essay and illustrated with detailed informative maps showing locations, troop ...

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Overview

The history of the world is largely the history of warfare. The first recorded wars were fought in ancient Sumeria over 5,000 years ago and various conflicts continue to rage in the world we live in today. The Great Battles is a lavish and comprehensive introduction to those clashes that have altered the course of history. Each of the 50 key battles is examined in a lively and thoroughly researched essay and illustrated with detailed informative maps showing locations, troop movements, and battle tactics.

Superbly illustrated throughout and written by a scholar who is steeped in knowledge of this history of warfare, The Great Battles is the perfect introduction to the decisive conflicts that have shaped our world. It brings the brutality and intensity of warfare vividly and unforgettably to life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435126046
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Giles MacDonogh is one of Britain’s leading historians. He is the author of thirteen previous books, seven of them on Germany. They include biographies of the resistance leader Adam von Trott, Frederick the Great, and Kaiser Wilhelm II; histories of Prussia and Berlin; and most recently, After the Reich: From the Fall of Vienna to the Berlin Airlift and 1938: Hitler’s Gamble. His journalism has appeared in leading newspapers such as The Times, the Financial Times, and the Guardian in Britain and FT Deutschland in Germany. He has also written for magazines such as the Spectator, the New Statesman, BBC History, and TLS.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Good coverage of 30 battles from Marathon in 490 BC to Operation

    Good coverage of 30 battles from Marathon in 490 BC to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 AD. Each of the battles is described in 4 to 8 page narratives which explain the background, the overall campaign, the battle itself, and the aftermath. What I like is the many illustrations that are included in the descriptions, as well as a 2-page map for every battle which shows the battlefield, the disposition and movement of forces for both sides, and several numbered paragraphs which explain the progress of the battle illustrated. There is a good index at the end, but, unfortunately, no references. Also, I would like to have seen a few more key battles covered.. Still, it is a very good book that is easy and enjoyable to read.

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