The Punic Wars 264-146 BC

The Punic Wars 264-146 BC

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by Nigel Bagnall
     
 

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The three Punic Wars lasted over 100 years, between 264 BC and 146 BC. They represented a struggle for supremacy in the Mediterranean between the bludgeoning land power of Rome, bent on imperial conquest, and the great maritime power of Carthage with its colonies and trading posts spread around the Mediterranean. This book reveals how the dramas and tragedies of

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The three Punic Wars lasted over 100 years, between 264 BC and 146 BC. They represented a struggle for supremacy in the Mediterranean between the bludgeoning land power of Rome, bent on imperial conquest, and the great maritime power of Carthage with its colonies and trading posts spread around the Mediterranean. This book reveals how the dramas and tragedies of the Punic Wars exemplify many political and military lessons which are as relevant today as when Hannibal and Scipio Africanus fought to determine the course of history in the Mediterranean.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841763552
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/02/2002
Series:
Essential Histories Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.72(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.28(d)

Meet the Author


Nigel Bagnall was born in India in 1927, the son and grandson of Army Officers. He was educated at Wellington College and joined the army in January 1946. Commissioned a year later he saw service in Palestine, Malaya, the Canal Zone, Cyprus, Borneo, Singapore and Germany. He was Commander in Chief of the British Army of the Rhine and ended his career as Chief of the General Staff. He was a Defence Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and then an Honorary Fellow. Nigel Bagnall died in 2002.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I decided to give this book a try because I'd read and really liked the book on Alexander the Great in the Essential Histories series. it was short and captivating. but I was less impressed with this volume on the Punic Wars. as far as presentation is concerned, I think it's short on images, anecdote and other things that made Alexander a smoother and more enjoyable read. these things aren't superfluous, they help the history go down easy :) I was uncomfortable with the overall structure of the book: the not-entirely-chronological presentation of the wars, the brief Hannibal/Scipio biographies which followed, etc. the progression didn't seem natural. also, in terms of content, the introduction was a little week in telling us what the Roman Republic was like at the time, what it's tendancies were, etc. to this book's credit, you can't beat a short and concise history if, like me, you're not a big historial. this volume of the Essential Histories series just didn't pull it off well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago