Dimensions: 400 pages, 3.84 × 3.15 × 0.61 in
Published: February 14, 2013
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1592333052
ISBN - 13: 9781592333059
About the Book
Important and timely histories bring to life conflicts that educated readers have heard of but want to know more about because of their significance in world history. Joseph Cummins describes each conflict with a gripping vitality that brings the time, people, and crises to life in a narrative history style. This book offers a look at multiple conflicts in an accessible format--a sophisticated narrative history that history buffs and general readers will enjoy. Readers will have heard of most of the conflicts but will gain a greater depth of understanding through the many details, stories, and characters that illuminate the bigger consequences of these clashes.
From the Publisher
A Global Survey of Modern Warfare, from the First Fervid Days of the French Revolution of 1789 to the Bloody Stalemate that Ended the Iran-Iraq War in 1988 In the modern era, warfare entered a new phase. Technological innovation yielded evermore destructive weaponry, international communications and alliances greatly extended the reach of conflicts, and military strategists increasingly targeted infrastructure and civilians, while new media—first photography, then film and television—conveyed the horror and brutality of industrialized combat to those who had the good fortune to live beyond the battle zones. The War Chronicles: From Flintlocks to Machine Guns adopts the innovative and accessible format of its predecessor, which spanned the period from 500 BC to the American Revolution, to chart the astonishingly rapid evolution of modern warfare. In doing so, it traces the transformation of battle tactics, from the prearranged set-piece encounters of the Napoleonic Wars to the massive naval landings and aerial bombardments of World War II, explains the scientific innovations that yielded the machine gun, the tank, and the atom bomb, and vividly renders the key victories that turned the tide of war, from Waterloo to Gettysburg and D-Day. At the same time, it reiterates the constants of conflict: the slaughters and massacres, including the Holocaust and the little-known Taiping Rebellion, which killed up to forty million Chinese; the personal sacrifices made by those battling tyranny, among them the rebels of revolutionary France, Greece, and Mexico; and the extraordinary influence of charismatic leaders, ranging from Napoleon and Pancho Villa to Mao Zedong and Hitler. Sweeping in its scope, yet intimate in its insights into the motivations of politicians, strategists, commanders, and soldiers, this is a collection that will enhance your understanding of the modern world and your own place in it.
About the Author
Joseph Cummins ( Maplewood , NJ ) is the author of The War Chronicles , History’s Great Untold Stories: Larger Than Life Characters and Dramatic Events That Changed the World. His other 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.
Praise for the first volume of The War Chronicles: From Chariots to Flintlocks : “…Cummins offers short, chronological narratives of dozens of subjects, from the Greco-Persian Wars and King Leonidas through the American Revolution and Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne. Featuring strong color images, it is an easily navigated compilation with time lines and wide-ranging subpieces that add interest…it is also simply a fun book that you might pick up over and over to check your memory of, say, the Battle of Poltava.” —Library Journal