A Guide to Battles: Decisive Conflicts in History

Editat de Richard 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 through to the Second Gulf War of 2003. On the way it encompasses almost 300battles 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 ancient world or the Americas. Each chapter includes an informative introduction that sets out the historical, tactical, and technological context, and looks at current debates. Individualbattles 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 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 indispensable guide 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 inhistory'.
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ISBN-13: 9780192806543
ISBN-10: 0192806548
Pagini: 384
Ilustrații: 40 b+w half tones and 40 maps
Dimensiuni: 127 x 191 x 38 mm
Greutate: 0.48 kg
Ediția: 1
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


Review from previous edition Highly recommended
Highly recommended (Book of the Month)
For the armchair general beleaguered by military history books, this arrives like Blucher's army at Waterloo. Well presented and clear.
The editors acknowledge current debates and research; their personal and incisive comments make this book more than a reference tool - it will serve as a valuable introduction to the study of military history for beginners and a starting-point that will inspire further reading. Recommended for all libraries.
An invaluable reference for the student of military history and the general reader alike
[An] excellent account...Battlefield offers a fascinating overview of military conflict up to the second Gulf war.
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

Notă biografică

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 British soldier: Redcoat: The British Soldier in the Age of the Musket; Tommy: The British Soldier on theWestern Front; and Sahib: The British Soldier in India. His latest publications include Marlborough: England's Fragile Genius (2008), The World at War (2007), and Dusty Warriors: Modern Soldiers at War (2006). He has presented seven BBC2 TV series, from 'War Walks' (1996) to 'In the Footsteps of Churchill' (2005). All these serieshave also been the topics of books.