An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)

By David Eggenberger

"A badly wanted addition to public and army libraries and to the cabinets of each army author … a definitive job." — military Times
Megiddo, Thermopylae, Waterloo, Stalingrad, Vietnam … not anything has ruled man's recognition, challenged his strength, produced extra heroes — and destruction — than warfare. This huge one-volume paintings lines the lengthy background of that uniquely human job in brilliant, actual debts of over 1,500 an important army conflicts, Spanning greater than 3,400 years, it incorporates a landscape of battle so entire that no unmarried quantity love it exists.
All the basic information of each significant conflict in recorded heritage on land and at sea — from the 1st conflict of Megiddo in 1479 B. C. to Grenada in 1984 — are lined. for additional comfort, this paintings lists the engagements in alphabetical order, from "Aachen," the 1st access, to "Zutphen," the last.
You'll locate painstakingly researched, objectively written descriptions of the Persia-Greek conflicts of the 5th century B. C., Roman Empire wars, Napoleonic Wars, the yankee Civil struggle, global Wars I and II, and plenty of extra. additionally integrated are penetrating analyses of the jobs performed by way of commanders of genius — Alexander, Julius Caesar, Hannibal, Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Khalid ibn al-Walid, and different momentous figures. Updating this already complete source, a brand new Appendix bargains with newer conflicts: the Vietnam warfare, the Yom Kippur warfare, the Soviet career of Afghanistan, the Iran-Iraq battle, the Falkland Islands conflict, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and the U. S. invasion of Grenada.
Each access contains states, strategic occasions, army leaders, troop numbers, strategies, casualties and military/political results of the battles. moreover, you will find move references on the finish of every access, ninety nine conflict maps and a complete index containing titles and alliances and treaties, recognized quotations, slogans, trap words … even conflict cries.
An Encyclopedia of Battles is a whole library of army background in a single handy space-saving quantity. scholars, historians, writers, army buffs … someone drawn to the topic will locate this reasonably cheap paperbound version an fundamental reference and a desirable research of the world's army past.

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The No-Nonsense Guide to Conflict and Peace (No-Nonsense Guides)

The 20th century used to be the main bloody in heritage, and already clash in this century has taken a heavy toll. so much wars at the moment are inside international locations instead of among states, and sometimes it really is civilians who are suffering such a lot, in particular girls and children.

This is a useful advisor for college kids, peace teams, and activists. It examines the altering different types of warfare, together with the battle on terror and ethnic clash comparable to in Rwanda, the position of international relations and the UN, and what steps usual individuals are taking to rebuild groups. It bargains principles and thought for developing lasting peace.

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The Changing Face of War: Combat from the Marne to Iraq

The most influential specialists on army background and approach has now written his magnum opus, an unique and provocative account of the earlier hundred years of world clash. The altering Face of struggle is the ebook that finds the trail that ended in the deadlock in Iraq, why robust status armies at the moment are helpless opposed to ill-equipped insurgents, and the way the protection of sovereign countries could be maintained within the future.

While paying shut cognizance to the unpredictable human aspect, Martin van Creveld takes us on a trip from the final century’s clashes of huge armies to today’s brief, high-tech, lopsided skirmishes and complicated quagmires. this is the area because it used to be in 1900, managed through a handful of “great powers,” generally ecu, with the thoughts of eighteenth-century wars nonetheless clean. Armies have been nonetheless led by way of officials using on horses, messages conveyed by means of hand, drum, and bugle. because the telegraph, mobile, and radio revolutionized communications, big-gun battleships just like the British Dreadnought, the tank, and the plane altered warfare.

Van Creveld paints a robust portrait of global struggle I, during which armies will be counted within the thousands, casualties–such as these within the cataclysmic conflict of the Marne–would turn into unbelievable, and lethal new guns, equivalent to poison gasoline, will be brought. eventually, Germany’s plans to outmaneuver her enemies to victory got here to naught because the conflict strains ossified and the winners proved to be those that might produce the main guns and supply the main soldiers.

The altering Face of warfare then propels us to the even better international carnage of worldwide warfare II. ideas in armored struggle and airpower, besides technological breakthroughs from radar to the atom bomb, reworked warfare from uncomplicated slaughter to a fancy occasion requiring new expertise–all within the provider of savagery, from Pearl Harbor to Dachau to Hiroshima. The additional improvement of nuclear guns through the chilly warfare shifts international locations from scuffling with wars to deterring them: The variety of energetic troops shrinks and the effect of the army declines as civilian imagine tanks set coverage and volunteer forces “decouple” the assumption of safety from the area of daily humans.

War this day, van Crevald tells us, is a mixture of the traditional and the complicated, as cutting-edge armies fail to defeat small teams of crudely equipped guerrilla and terrorists, a trend that started with Britain’s go out from India and culminating in American misadventures in Vietnam and Iraq, examples of what the writer calls a “long, virtually unbroken checklist of failure.”

How to benefit from the new previous to reshape the army for this new challenge–how to nonetheless shop, in a feeling, the unfastened world–is the last word lesson of this titanic, daring, and cautionary paintings. The altering Face of conflict is bound to develop into the normal resource in this crucial subject.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Trench Warfare: 1850-1950

By Anthony Saunders

Even though many books were released concerning the Western entrance, few of them glance past the good conflict to contemplate trench struggle in a much wider old context. Trench struggle used to be now not an aberration of the Western entrance. to the contrary, it was once a watershed in a better upheaval in battle which all started within the 1850s and endured well past the 1st global battle. This e-book examines how trench battle was once fought, learning the Crimea, American Civil warfare and eastern struggle 1904-05. He seems to be at how the Western entrance of 1914-18 differed from the ditch combating of the second one international conflict and the Korean warfare.

The ebook examines the evolution of trench struggle, technologically and tactically, from the Crimean conflict to the Korean struggle, within which time advancements in army expertise usually complicated a ways past tactical pondering. Trench battle 1850 – 1950 discusses the influence of trench battle on army pondering and considers how the stalemate of the Western entrance used to be conquer. Emergency applied sciences, from the hand grenade to the tank, are mentioned to spotlight their impression on trench battle and, finally, on struggle as an entire. Tactically, trench struggle ended in the improvement of the concept that of deep conflict which was once later hired through the pink military within the moment global battle.

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A Higher Form of Killing: The Secret History of Chemical and Biological Warfare

By Robert Harris

A better kind of Killing opens with the 1st devastating battlefield use of deadly gasoline in global warfare I, after which investigates the stockpiling of organic guns in the course of global battle II and within the many years later on in addition to the inhuman experiments con-ducted to check their effectiveness. This up to date variation features a new creation and a brand new ultimate bankruptcy exposing scary advancements in recent times, together with the black marketplace that emerged in chemical and organic guns following the breakup of the Soviet Union, the purchase of those guns through a number of 3rd global states, the makes an attempt of nations resembling Iraq to accumulate arsenals, and--particularly and so much recently--the use of those guns in terrorist assaults.

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Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire

By Saul David

In "Victoria's Wars: the increase of Empire" Saul David explores the early a part of Queen Victoria's reign, while the British Empire used to be good that allows you to changing into the best empire the realm had ever obvious. this can be the tale of ways it occurred and the folk who made it ensue. In a fast-moving narrative starting from London to the tough terrain of India, Russia and the a ways East, Saul David exhibits how Britain ruthlessly exploited her place because the world's in simple terms superpower to extend her empire. but little of this territorial acquisition was once deliberate or sanctioned by way of the house executive. as a substitute it was once mostly the paintings of the boys at the floor, and to these at domestic it quite did look that the empire used to be bought in a 'fit of absence of mind'. Saul David creates a brilliant portrait of lifestyles at the violent fringes of empire, and of the doubtless unending and brutal wars that have been fought within the identify of exchange, civilization and the stability of energy. "Splendid ...a tremendous treasure-chest of anecdotes ...a wonderfully brisk, cool and sensible narrator". ("Daily Telegraph"). "Incisive and acute ...thorough and infrequently revelatory, [David] consistently reveals a telling word, an attention-grabbing aspect or a human story". ("Sunday Times"). Saul David is Professor of conflict reviews on the collage of Buckingham and the writer of a number of seriously acclaimed historical past books, together with "The Indian Mutiny: 1857" (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for army Literature), "Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu struggle of 1879" (a Waterstone's army background ebook of the yr) and, so much lately, "Victoria's Wars: the increase of Empire".

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Poitiers 1356: The capture of a king (Campaign, Volume 138)

By David Nicolle

Opsrey's exam of the conflict of Poitiers, which was once fought among France and England in 1356. whilst Edward the Black Prince marched out of Gascony in August 1356, his plan was once to hold out a large-scale harmful raid into the territory of the French King, John II. On 18 September, despite the fact that, he used to be cornered south of Poitiers via a bigger French military, and used to be left with little alternative yet to struggle. the consequent conflict proved an unmitigated catastrophe for the French. Their military was once butchered and the King himself captured. during this quantity, Dr David Nicolle info a crusade that stronger the acceptance of the Black Prince and led King John to catastrophe.

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Joseph Walser's Machine (Portuguese Literature Series)

By Gonçalo M. Tavares

Continuing Tavares's award-winning "Kingdom" sequence (begun in "Jerusalem," winner of the Saramago Prize), "Joseph Walser's computer" recounts a lifetime of weird and wonderful exercises and styles. regimen humiliation at a manufacturing facility; regimen upkeep of the world's such a lot esoteric assortment; and an important regimen of all: the operation of a mysterious laptop on a manufacturing facility flooring. but all of Joseph Walser's workouts are violently disrupted while his urban is occupied through an invading military, leaving him confronted with political intrigues, marital discord, and eventually, one final, catastrophic disagreement together with his loved machine.

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Caesar (Masters of Rome)

By Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough's music list in publishing reads like Caesar's triumphs in battlewide-ranging in scope, masterful well-liked, unequaled in fulfillment. From her virtually twelve-million-copy-selling Thorn Birds via her 4 novels within the Masters of Rome sequence, McCullough hasn't ever faltered.

Here she turns her attentions to Caesar's conquest of Gaul and to his momentous choice on the river Rubicon to say his position within the executive of Rome. At a time that preceded the know-how of any firearm, whilst army acumen, approach, and management have been all, it was once Caesar's genius that prevailed, again and again. What Caesar finished in Gaul is the stuff of historic epic, of army academies, and of this novel. He was once totally notable. but historical past forgets that Caesar used to be additionally a guy, no longer proof against the human situation. He succeeded brilliantly, yet he additionally suffered nice own grief and unhappiness. it's the complete portrait of Caesar, a guy destined to motivate an empire, that Colleen McCullough paints here--faithfully, magnificently, and in radiant mild.

"McCullough is on fire.... Caesar is one in every of her most powerful and such a lot attention-grabbing characters."San Francisco Chronicle

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