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Timelines of War: Chronology of Warfare from the Earliest Times to the Present

Timelines of War: Chronology of Warfare from the Earliest Times to the Present

by David M. Brownstone, Irene Franck

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Library Journal
Compiled by the authors of The Women's Desk Reference (LJ 10/1/93), this chronology presents a masterly array of facts, though the format precludes any interpretation of events or much in the way of detail. Worldwide in scope where historical coverage is available, the work focuses on known wars, revolts, and military events. Limited space is given to the development of weapons and tactics, but there is inordinate coverage of political and social issues. In addition, one wonders whether it is appropriate to include certain dates, e.g., Ronald Reagan's birthdate and the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Soviet dissident, in a work nominally on warfare. The closest comparable work is possibly Michael Clodfelter's Warfare and Armed Conflicts (McFarland, 1992), which only covers the 18th century to the present. An index would have substantially increased the value of this work. A marginal purchase for most libraries.-David H. Hall, Sunnyvale P.L., Cal.
Zom Zoms
This is an interesting chronology focusing on battles, important weapons development, and people, including generals, presidents, kings, spies, etc. In the early sections, entries are grouped by centuries, then by decades, and from 1700 on, by year. Information is arranged in four parallel columns. In the early sections to 500 B.C. the column headings are "Europe and Anatolia," "Africa," "Southwest Asia," and "East, Central, and South Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas." From 500 B.C. to 1700 there are two columns for Europe, and Africa is included with Southwest Asia. From 1700 through 1993, the geographic arrangement is "Europe," "Africa and Southwest Asia," "Central, South and East Asia, and the Pacific," and "The Americas." Entries are, perforce, brief. Some examples: "Ottoman Turks conquered Bulgaria (1369-72)," "American Revolution: Spain declared war on England (June 21)," "Arab-Jewish riots in Palestine claimed more than 200 lives." These entries demonstrate a shortcoming--the authors are inconsistent about giving specific dates. For example, for some conferences or military battles specific dates are given, but not all. A 30-page index concludes the volume Many entries will raise interest, and users will need to turn to reference works that give more complete explanations; a good example is R. E. Dupuy and T. N. Dupuy's "Harper Encyclopedia of Military History from 3500 B.C. to the Present" (4th ed., 1993), an excellent work that is arranged chronologically. Those wishing to get an idea of what was going on in other parts of society during the period covered by "Timelines" may wish to use similar chronologies, such as "The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events" (Simon & Schuster, 1993) and S. H. Steinberg's "Historical Tables 58 B.C.-A.D. 1990" (12th ed., Garland, 1991). "Timelines of War" is recommended to libraries needing to supplement the information found in "The Harper Encyclopedia of Military History".

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Little, Brown and Company
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