Battlefield : Decisive Conflicts in History

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Salamis, Agincourt, Lepanto, Trafalgar, Gettysburg, Isandlwana, the Somme, Stalingrad -Battlefield tells the stories of the most dramatic, memorable, and important conflicts in world history. It begins with the battle of Megiddo fought by the ancient Egyptians and takes the reader through to the Second Gulf war of 2003. On the way it encompasses almost 300 battles from around the world - from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as well as from Europe and the Americas. All the battles are grouped within chapters which tell the wider story of a particular era or region, for instance the ancient world, or the Americas. And each chapter includes an introduction that sets out the historical, tactical, and technological context, and looks at current debates. In addition, individual battles are placed clearly within the wars and campaigns of which they formed a part, making it possible for the reader to follow the details of the battle, and at the same time to understand its military and historical implications. Battlefield summarizes the best of contemporary scholarship on battles and war in an accessible, engaging narrative. Detailed maps portray the course of famous battles and campaigns, and a range of illustrations - many from contemporary sources - bring the narrative to life. An extensive index gives the reader quick access to historical figures, locations, battle formations, and much more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 35.6mm | 703.08g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • c. 40 half tones and 40 maps
  • 019280653X
  • 9780192806536
  • 1,056,399

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For the armchair general beleaguered by military history books, this arrives like blucher's army at Waterloo. Well presented and more

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. Ancient World ; 2. Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages ; 3. The Renaissance to the French Revolution ; 4. Nineteenth-century Europe ; 5. World War I ; 6. World War II ; 7. The Americas ; 8. Asia and the Middle East ; 9. Africa ; Indexshow more

About Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes - the editor of The Companion to Military History - is a very prolific author and a well-known television presenter. He is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He has written twenty books, including Acts of War, and his trilogy on the British soldier: Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of the Musket; Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front; and Sahib: The British Soldier in India. Dusty Warriors: Modern Soldiers at War is publishing in Spring 06. He has presented seven BBC2 TV series, from 'War Walks' (1996) to 'In the Footsteps of Churchill' (2005). All these series have also been the topics of books. Martin Marix Evans studied law at Cambridge University and went on to a career in publishing. He set up his own firm of book packagers in 1989. He is the author of numerous books on military history, among them Forgotten Battlefronts of World War I (2004), 1918: The Year of Victories (2002), American Voices of World War I (2001), The Fall of France, 1940 (2000), Encyclopedia of the Boer War (2000), and The Military Heritage of Britain and Ireland (2nd edn. 2004).show more

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