50 Battles That Changed the World

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50 Battles That Changed the World looks at the clashes the author believes have had the most profound impact on world history. Listed in order of their relevance to the modern world, they range from the ancient past to the present day and span the globe many times over. This book is not so much about military strategy as the implications of the battles that were vital in shaping civilization as we know it. Some of the battles in this book are familiar to us all -- Bunker Hill, which prevented the American ...
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Overview

50 Battles That Changed the World looks at the clashes the author believes have had the most profound impact on world history. Listed in order of their relevance to the modern world, they range from the ancient past to the present day and span the globe many times over. This book is not so much about military strategy as the implications of the battles that were vital in shaping civilization as we know it. Some of the battles in this book are familiar to us all -- Bunker Hill, which prevented the American Revolution from being stillborn, and Marathon, which kept the world's first democracy alive. Others may be less familiar -- the naval battle at Diu (on the Indian Coast), which led to the ascendancy of Western Civilization and the discovery of America, and Yarmuk, which made possible the spread of Islam from Morocco to the Philippines.

All battles are human dramas, and those discussed here include some of history's most fascinating characters -- from Narses, the eunuch ex-slave who reconquered the Roman Empire, to Don Juan of Austria, the swashbuckling bastard who stopped the Turks at Lepanto; from George Dewey, the elderly fire-eater who sank the Spanish fleet at Manila Bay and defied the German Kaiser, to Enrico Dandolo, the blind ancient who led the misguided crusade that conquered "impregnable" Constantinople. Battles have been fought, lives have been lost, causes have been advanced, and stories of great warriors have been told over and over again. Here are the stories of the 50 greatest and most significant battles and those who fought, won, and lost them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564147462
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 986,253
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1. Marathon, 490 BC 10
2. Nika Rebellion, 532 AD 16
3. Bunker Hill, 1775 AD 21
4. Arbela, 331 BC 26
5. Hattin, 1187 AD 31
6. Diu, 1509 AD 36
7. Britain, 1940 AD 42
8. Constantinople, Part 1, 1205 AD 46
9. Tsushima, 1905 AD 51
10. Saratoga, 1777 AD 55
11. Valmy, 1782 AD 60
12. Adrianople, 378 AD 63
13. Midway, 1942 AD 67
14. Hastings, 1066 AD 72
15. Tenochtitlan, 1520-21 AD 77
16. Stalingrad, 1942-43 AD 88
17. Busta Gallorum, 552 AD 94
18. Lechfeld, 955 AD 100
19. Dublin, 1916 AD 104
20. Emmaus, 166 BC 113
21. Yarmuk, 636 AD 117
22. Batte of the Atlantic, 1939-45 AD 121
23. Cannae, 216 BC 127
24. Malplaquet, 1709 AD 135
25. Carrhae, 53 BC 140
26. Constantinople, Part 2, 1453 AD 145
27. The Armada, 1588 AD 150
28. The Marne, 1914 AD 156
29. Rhodes, 1522 AD 161
30. Tours, 732 AD 170
31. Tanga, 1914 AD 174
32. Chalons, 451 AD 180
33. Las Navas de Toloso, 1212 AD 185
34. Gupta, 1180 AD 191
35. Chickamauga, 1863 AD 196
36. Lepanto, 1571 AD 205
37. New Orleans, 1814 AD 210
38. Petrograd, 1917 AD 218
39. France, 1918 AD 222
40. The Alamo, 1836 AD 229
41. Wu-sung, 1862 AD 234
42. Waterloo, 1815 AD 240
43. Kadisiyah, 637 AD 245
44. Kazan, 1552 AD 249
45. Lutzen, 1632 AD 255
46. Manila Bay, 1898 AD 264
47. Tet Offensive, 1968 AD 270
48. Rome, 390 BC 275
49. Sedan, 1870 AD 279
50. Poltava, 1709 AD 286
Honorable Mentions: Other Battles, Other Lists 291
Biographical Glossary 294
Glossary of Military Terms 299
Timelines 304
Bibliography 306
Index 311
About the Author 320
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