100 Decisive Battles

From Ancient Times to the Present

Author: Paul K. Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195143669

Category: History

Page: 462

View: 4215

Surveys the one hundred most decisive battles in world history from the Battle of Megiddo in 1469 B.C. to Desert Storm, 1991.

100 Decisive Battles

From Ancient Times to the Present

Author: Paul K. Davis

Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated


Category: History

Page: 462

View: 2416

Surveys the one hundred most decisive battles in world history from the Battle of Megiddo in 1469 B.C. to Desert Storm, 1991.

1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History

Author: R. G. Grant

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 0785835539

Category: History

Page: 960

View: 7409

A must-have for history lovers and armchair tacticians everywhere, 1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History looks at mankind's last 5000 years of combat, and how they shaped the world today. From small-scale battles of the ancient world to devastating modern conflicts, 1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History provides a definitive record of the combats of the last 5000 years which shaped the political and cultural landscape of the world. From the battles of the ancient world involving only a few thousand infantry, to the devastation of the World Wars, and to the efficient, tactical, military actions of today, this book includes the seminal details about key battles, how the battle fit in a war campaign, and the wider political and social impact it had on the region as a whole. 1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History is illustrated throughout with ancient carvings, detail-filled tapestries, dramatic paintings, and evocative photography. Award-winning historian R. G. Grant has assembled an expert team of contributors to provide incisive and insightful descriptions of every battle featured. From the Battle of Troy and the Siege of Antioch, to the Battle of Gettysburg and Iwo Jima, this book traces the changing face of warfare around the globe and throughout history. This arresting volume is a worthy addition to any history buff’s shelf.

The Battles that Changed History

Author: Fletcher Pratt

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048631894X

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 4827

DIVHistorian profiles 16 crucial conflicts, ancient to modern, that changed the course of Western civilization. Gripping accounts of battles led by Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Ulysses S. Grant, other commanders. 27 maps. /div

A History of War in 100 Battles

Author: R. J. Overy

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199390711

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 7633

"Their very names--Gettysburg, Waterloo, Stalingrad--evoke images of great triumph and equally great suffering, moments when history seemed to hang in the balance. Considered in relation to each other, such battles--and others of less immediate renown--offer insight into the changing nature of armed combat, advances in technology, shifts in strategy and thought, as well as altered geopolitical landscapes. The most significant military engagements in history define the very nature of war ... Rather than focusing on the question of victory or defeat, Overy examines what an engagement can tell us on a larger level about the history of warfare itself. New weapons and tactics can have a sudden impact on the outcome of a battle--but so too can leadership, or the effects of a clever deception, or raw courage. Overy offers a deft and visually captivating look at the engagements that have shaped the course of human history"--Amazon.com.

The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World

From Marathon to Waterloo

Author: Edward Shepherd Creasy

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486142205

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 2169

Ranging from Marathon to Waterloo, this 1851 classic of military history chronicles the battles that changed the course of history, with gripping, authoritative analyses of key events.

Battles That Changed History

Key Battles That Decided the Fate of Nations

Author: Rupert Butler

Publisher: Amber

ISBN: 9781906626808

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 7389

Looks at more than forty-five significant battles through history, including Marathon, Alesia, Hastings, Gettysburg, and Stalingrad.

Masters of the Battlefield

Great Commanders From the Classical Age to the Napoleonic Era

Author: Paul K. Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199711755

Category: History

Page: 624

View: 2189

"The personality of a general is indispensable," Napoleon once said. "He is the head, he is the all, of an army." In Masters of the Battlefield, Paul K. Davis offers vivid portraits of fifteen legendary military leaders whose brilliance on and off the battlefield embody this maxim. Hailing from the earliest days of Greek warfare to France at the turn of the nineteenth century, these men stand out for their tactical abilities--generals who made a difference in combat, grasping the way an enemy would think or move and reacting not just to ensure victory, but do so in the face of superior forces. Among the leaders discussed in this encompassing work of military history are Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Scipio Africanus, Belisarius, Chinggis Khan, Oda Nobunaga, the Duke of Wellington, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Davis briefly explores the biography of each commander, considering how his upbringing, early experiences, and social and cultural background might have translated into his leadership abilities. Relying on vast research, Davis describes the nature of armies and warfare of the time, from the phalanx battle of Ancient Greece to the artillery-heavy Swedish army under Gustavus Adolphus. He also examines the course of the wars in which each general fought as a background to the particular battles that best illustrates their abilities, and discusses each battle in detail, aided extensively by detailed battlefield maps. Davis concludes each section with an analysis of the tactical skills and principles at which each general excelled. In analyzing these remarkable leaders, Davis offers a picture of warfare throughout history, and shows this history to be directed--and oftentimes wholly decided--by the abilities of a single man. Masters of the Battlefield tells the stories of men who defined eras, reshaped nations, and who, through the introduction of new weapons and tactics, revolutionized the nature of warfare.

Moment of Battle

The Twenty Clashes that Changed the World

Author: Dr. James Lacey,Williamson Murray

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 034552697X

Category: History

Page: 478

View: 493

Two leading military historians present a case for what they have identified as the 20 most crucial battles of all time, explaining how each conflict represents a historical epoch that triggered profound transformations and significantly shaped the development of the modern world.

The Battle 100

The Stories Behind History's Most Influential Battles

Author: Michael Lee Lanning

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 140223189X

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 4003

A single day in the heat of armed conflict can shape the future of the world. Throughout history, individual battles have inspired the birth of nations, the devastation of cultures and the triumph of revolutions. Yet while some battles rise up as the cornerstones of history, others fade in our cultural memory, forgotten as minor skirmishes. Why is this so? What makes a battle "important"? Celebrated veteran and military expert Michael Lee Lanning offers a provocative response with The Battle 100: The Stories Behind History's Most Influential Battles. Lanning ranks history's 100 greatest battles according to their influence, both immediate and long-term. Thought-provoking and controversial, Lanning's rankings take us to the heart of the battles and reveal their true greatness.

An Encyclopedia of Battles

Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present

Author: David Eggenberger

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486142019

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 9121

Essential details of every major battle in recorded history from the first battle of Megiddo in 1479 B. C. to Grenada in 1984. List of battle maps. 99 illustrations.

Empress Zenobia

Palmyra’s Rebel Queen

Author: Pat Southern

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1847250343

Category: History

Page: 214

View: 706

Offers a fascinating insight into this key historical figure and her fight against the Romans.

Ten in Time

Author: Patricia Hall Guthrie

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 1609578910

Category: Fiction

Page: 268

View: 1366

When they went to school that day, the ten children had no idea that their lives were about to be drastically changed, or that they would be transported into the Middle Ages and end up in the midst of a battle that would change world history. Constantinople, under siege by the Turks, was about to fall. Cannons would fire, ships would burn, screams of charging Turks would fill their ears. Follow the students as they encounter the famous Italian soldier Guistiniani, and as they fight by his side. Meet courageous Emperor Constantine XI, who, though hugely outnumbered, fought the Turks to the death to protect his city. Could the children help save the city which the Roman emperor, Constantine I, had named for himself, and which so long had stood as a bastion of Christianity? What was the purpose of their sudden arrival there? Would their faith stand the test? Would they ever get home? Patricia (Pat) Guthrie, a former teacher who has taught in public, private, and home school situations, has always loved writing. Over the years, she has written poems, short stories, book length stories, research papers, and newspaper articles. Serving as an educational missionary in Brazil with her husband, Weston, Pat has had rich and varied experiences in her lifetime, for which she is grateful to God. Loving and serving young people during her husband's ministry as a Presbyterian pastor was a great joy to her, providing lasting friendships. In 2002, Pat helped found the classical Christian school Covenant Christian Academy in Max Meadows, Virginia, where she taught a variety of courses over a seven year period. She has three grown children and four grandsons and now lives with her husband in her hometown of Pulaski, Virginia.

The Galleys at Lepanto

Author: Jack Beeching

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA


Category: History

Page: 267

View: 2752

Depicts the sixteenth-century battle between the forces of Christianity and the Ottoman Empire for the control of the Mediterranean Sea

50 Battles That Changed the World

Author: William Weir

Publisher: Permuted Press

ISBN: 1682617653

Category: History

Page: 904

View: 1884

Rather than celebrating warfare, 50 Battles That Changed the World looks at the clashes the author believes have had the most profound impact on world history. Ranked in order of their relevance to the modern world, these struggles range from the ancient past to the present day and span the globe many times over. Some of the battles in this book are familiar to us all—Bunker Hill, which prevented the American Revolution from being stillborn, and Marathon, which kept the world's first democracy alive. Others may be less familiar—the naval battle at Diu (on the Indian Coast), which led to the ascendancy of Western Civilization and the discovery of America, and Yarmuk, which made possible the spread of Islam from Morocco to the Philippines. With remarkable accounts of both famous and lesser-known clashes, 50 Battles provides impressive insight into the battles that shaped civilization as we know it.


A History Of Combat And Culture

Author: John A Lynn,John Lynn

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0786727918

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 3568

Battle: A History of Combat and Culture spans the globe and the centuries to explore the way ideas shape the conduct of warfare. Drawing its examples from Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and America, John A. Lynn challenges the belief that technology has been the dominant influence on combat from ancient times to the present day. In battle, ideas can be more far more important than bullets or bombs. Carl von Clausewitz proclaimed that war is politics, but even more basically, war is culture. The hard reality of armed conflict is formed by - and, in turn, forms - a culture's values, assumptions, and expectations about fighting. The author examines the relationship between the real and the ideal, arguing that feedback between the two follows certain discernable paths. Battle rejects the currently fashionable notion of a "Western way of warfare" and replaces it with more nuanced concepts of varied and evolving cultural patterns of combat. After considering history, Lynn finally asks how the knowledge gained might illuminate our understanding of the war on terrorism.


Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War

Author: Richard M. Ketchum

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805061239

Category: History

Page: 560

View: 6796

The diaries and letters of soldiers under General Horatio Gates offer a view of the pivotal victory against the British in the Saratoga campaign.

The Allure of Battle

A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost

Author: Cathal Nolan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199874654

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 9126

History has tended to measure war's winners and losers in terms of its major engagements, battles in which the result was so clear-cut that they could be considered "decisive." Cannae, Konigsberg, Austerlitz, Midway, Agincourt-all resonate in the literature of war and in our imaginations as tide-turning. But these legendary battles may or may not have determined the final outcome of the wars in which they were fought. Nor has the "genius" of the so-called Great Captains - from Alexander the Great to Frederick the Great and Napoleon - play a major role. Wars are decided in other ways. Cathal J. Nolan's The Allure of Battle systematically and engrossingly examines the great battles, tracing what he calls "short-war thinking," the hope that victory might be swift and wars brief. As he proves persuasively, however, such has almost never been the case. Even the major engagements have mainly contributed to victory or defeat by accelerating the erosion of the other side's defences. Massive conflicts, the so-called "people's wars," beginning with Napoleon and continuing until 1945, have consisted of and been determined by prolonged stalemate and attrition, industrial wars in which the determining factor has been not military but matériel. Nolan's masterful book places battles squarely and mercilessly within the context of the wider conflict in which they took place. In the process it help corrects a distorted view of battle's role in war, replacing popular images of the "battles of annihilation" with somber appreciation of the commitments and human sacrifices made throughout centuries of war particularly among the Great Powers. Accessible, provocative, exhaustive, and illuminating, The Allure of Battle will spark fresh debate about the history and conduct of warfare.