Why Some Wars Never End: The Stories of the Longest Conflicts in History

Why Some Wars Never End: The Stories of the Longest Conflicts in History

by Joseph Cummins
     
 

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The Bloody Hostilities, Feuds, and Quarrels that Refuse to Release their Grip.

Sometimes the causes of war are so intractable, the opponents so unyielding, and the rivalries so deep-rooted that the combat continues for years, decades, even centuries. And often when it does abate, the resentments still smolder, so that the slightest spark might reignite

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The Bloody Hostilities, Feuds, and Quarrels that Refuse to Release their Grip.

Sometimes the causes of war are so intractable, the opponents so unyielding, and the rivalries so deep-rooted that the combat continues for years, decades, even centuries. And often when it does abate, the resentments still smolder, so that the slightest spark might reignite the conflagration.

An at once captivating and unsettling volume, Why Some Wars Never End shines a spotlight on fourteen of history’s longest-running conflicts. They range from the almost century-long Punic Wars, which saw ancient Rome achieve dominance over the Mediterranean and lay the foundations of its world-changing empire, to the seventy years of uprisings and bloody encounters that triggered the Jewish Diaspora in the second century CE, to the nineteenth-century Seminole Wars, which virtually wiped out the Seminole Indians, to the violent British suppression of Afghan self-rule that set the stage for that nation’s distressing contemporary plight.

Each of these wars had consequences and influences far beyond its source and the reach of its battles, not only redrawing political boundaries, but also coloring the worldview of generations of participants and bystanders, and thereby refashioning entire cultures. And all demonstrate, in harrowing fashion, why violence still stains our modern world, and why warfare shows no sign of ending any time soon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592334315
Publisher:
Fair Winds Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Joseph Cummins (Maplewood, NJ) is the author of History's Great Untold Stories: Larger Than Life Characters and Dramatic Events That Changed the World. His forthcoming books include Turn Around and Run Like Hell: Unconventional Military Strategies That Worked, History's Greatest Hits, and Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks and October Surprises in America's Presidential Campaigns

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