A Guide to Battles: Decisive Conflicts in History

Paperback | April 5, 2009

EditorRichard Holmes, Martin Marix Evans

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This fascinating book tells the stories of the most dramatic, memorable, and important conflicts in world history, from Agincourt, Lepanto, and Trafalgar, to Gettysburg, Stalingrad, and the Somme. It begins with the battle of Megiddo fought by the ancient Egyptians and takes the reader throughto 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, to 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 ancientworld or the Americas. Each chapter includes an informative introduction that sets out the historical, tactical, and technological context, and looks at current debates. Individual battles are placed clearly within the wars and campaigns of which they formed a part, making it possible for the readerto follow the details of the battle, and at the same time to understand its military and historical implications. Battlefield summarizes the very 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. This is an indispensableguide for history students, military enthusiasts, and professionals working in the field, and an ideal book for anyone with an interest in what Winston Churchill called 'punctuation marks in history'.

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This fascinating book tells the stories of the most dramatic, memorable, and important conflicts in world history, from Agincourt, Lepanto, and Trafalgar, to Gettysburg, Stalingrad, and the Somme. It begins with the battle of Megiddo fought by the ancient Egyptians and takes the reader throughto the Second Gulf War of 2003. On the way ...

Richard Holmes - the editor of The Oxford Companion to Military History - is a 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 over twenty books, including Acts of War, and his trilogy on the Br...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.05 inPublished:April 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192806548

ISBN - 13:9780192806543

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Preface1. Ancient World2. Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages3. The Renaissance to the French Revolution4. Nineteenth-century Europe5. World War I6. World War II7. The Americas8. Asia and the Middle East9. AfricaIndex

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`this book will fascinate not only the dyed-in-the-wool military buffs and scholars, but many of those fringe spectators who are fans of the best popular historian of our time'Soldier