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A Guide to Battles: Decisive Conflicts in History

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Ranging from the Peloponnesian war, to Trafalgar and Gettysburg, to the War in Iraq, this exciting book tells the stories of the most dramatic, memorable, and important conflicts in world history. This superb, one-volume reference describes almost 300 battles from around the world--from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as well as from Europe and the Americas. All the battles are grouped in chapters which tell the wider story of a particular era or region, whether it be the ancient world or Asia and the Middle ...
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Overview


Ranging from the Peloponnesian war, to Trafalgar and Gettysburg, to the War in Iraq, this exciting book tells the stories of the most dramatic, memorable, and important conflicts in world history. This superb, one-volume reference describes almost 300 battles from around the world--from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as well as from Europe and the Americas. All the battles are grouped in chapters which tell the wider story of a particular era or region, whether it be the ancient world or Asia and the Middle East. Each chapter includes an introduction that sets out the historical, tactical, and technological context, and looks at current debates among military historians. In addition, individual battles are placed within the wars of which they formed a part, allowing readers understand a battle's full military and historical significance. With detailed maps, a wide range of illustrations, and an extensive index, this book offers a gold mine of information for everyone interested in world or military history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192806543
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,076,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Holmes is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom. A leading military historian, he has presented seven BBC TV series.
Martin Marix Evans is an independent writer who has written numerous books on military history, including Forgotten Battlefronts of World War I and The Fall of France.

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. Ancient World

2. Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

3. The Renaissance to the French Revolution

4. Nineteenth-century Europe

5. World War I

6. World War II

7. The Americas

8. Asia and the Middle East

9. Africa

Index

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

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    A Compact reference

    Ever since Sir Edward Creasy wrote Fifteen Decisive Battles (a book I have not read), writers have been attempting to recap the most important conflicts of history. Holmes has done a better than average job of describing hundreds of clashes he believes were important in influencing warfare. Details on individual battles are a bit sketchy, but he does a good job of summarizing periods of warfare and causes and results of individual wars. I think his accounts of World Wars I and II are the best parts of the book. Two much thicker books that cover many important battles are The Art of War in the Western World by Archer Jones and The Age of Battles by Russell Weigley. I am not sure if either is still in print but military buffs should enjoy both.

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