The stories of the "Unknown Wars of Asia, Africa and The Americas" were cataclysmic and bloody events that took the lives of millions and impact our world to this day. Yet, most of these wars are hardly mentioned in articles or even textbooks. Among some of the wars covered are: - The wars that involved the Great Wall of China over its' 1,865 year history as a defensive barrier. - The longest war in history which was the 1,049 year long Vietnamese War of Independence from China and the lessons that should have kept France and the US out of Indo-China. - The wars of the Khmer Empire (802 - 1431) and Jayavarman VII who emerged as an unlikely hero in a time of crises in 1177 to become the greatest king of the Angkor era. - The Jewish Bar Kokhba Revolt (132 - 136) that caused the Emperor Hadrian to cover up the massacre of two veteran Roman Legions and the truth about how close the revolt came to succeeding. The Jewish War from 66 - 73 AD is also covered in a preceding chapter. - The wars of the Spanish Conquistadors to conquer the American Southeast and Southwest in the sixteenth century and the Native American apocalypse in North America that followed. - The Cherokee Wars that came very close to wiping out the colony of South Carolina. - The wars of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade that took the lives of more than 12 million Africans and the slave revolts of the Caribbean and South America. - The Taiping Rebellion (1851 - 1871) that was caused by a Confucian scholar who misunderstood a poorly translated gospel tract and started a rebellion that led to over 30 million deaths. - The 74 year Mongol conquest of China and disasters in Syria, Japan, Vietnam, and Java that led to the breakup of the Mongol Empire. - Before the Holocaust of World War II, there was a Christian holocaust in Germany and Bohemia during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) that caused more than 8 million deaths mostly from genocide being committed by both Catholics and Protestants. - England's Pirate Wars - The French Conquest of Indo-China 1857 - 1884 - The future wars that half of the world's population of Jews, Christians, and Muslims are expecting in the near future. About the author: Steven Johnson has been a regular contributing author to Military Heritage and Strategy & Tactics Magazines and has taught History at Limestone College and Riverside High School in South Carolina for more than 20 years. Steven Johnson's style of narrative writing and teaching of History is as a master storyteller of true events that are stranger than fiction. The author's style of writing has been compared to that of the late author Shelby Foote's Civil War writing.
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This is an excellent book. It provides a wealth of information about historical conflicts which, while not known to the public at large tie into larger events many regard as milestones in the development of peoples and nations. What is especially helpful is Mr. Johnson's style. It is crisp, lively and easy to follow for casual reader and serious student alike. In addition, the intellectually curious are provided with sources of information in the event they wish to study a particular point of interest in greater detail. After reading Unknown Wars I was left wishing someone of higher rank in National government had been aware of the History of the Vietnamese . We might have avoided or mitigated our mistakes there. Also I didn't know how bloody the Bar Kokhba in Judea had been and how tramatic it was to the Roman Empire. These are but two examples of Unknown Wars' value. In sum, if you are a serious student of History as I am, Unknown Wars is a must have addition to your Library.