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The War Chronicles: From Chariots to Flintlocks - New Perspectives on the Two Thousand Years of Bloodshed That Shaped the Modern World

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Covers all of the major conflicts readers should know about.

Important and timely histories bring to life conflicts that educated readers have heard of but want to know more about. Each of the chapters covers a major war that had a profound effect on the way our civilization was shaped. Veteran history author Joseph Cummins describes each conflict with gripping freshness and vitality that brings the time, people, and crises to life in a narrative history style.

This book offers a rare look at multiple conflicts in an accessible, easy to digest format-not a look at war "for dummies," but a sophisticated narrative history that both history buffs and general readers will enjoy while they learn. Readers will have heard of most or all of the conflicts but will gain a greater depth of understanding through the many details, stories, and characters that illuminate the bigger meaning and consequences of these clashes.

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22 Centuries of Warfare, 22 Wars that Changed the World. All are captured in 400 pages filled with more than 150 archival illustrations gathered from around the world.

"The War Chronicles" acts as a perfect primer for novices while offering seasoned history readers new perspectives on many famous and some not-so-well-known conflicts. Each chapter includes a quick-reference summary, a timeline, an overview of the war, essays on its principal leaders, a series of short, often offbeat features on aspects of the conflict, and a detailed account of a pivotal battle.

Author Joseph Cummins highlights pivotal victories that changed nations, from the Norman invasion of England in 1066 to the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 1521, and delineates defining moments in the development of political philosophies, from Athens' defense of democracy against Persian despotism to the championing of equal rights for all in the American Revolution. It recounts the heroism of armies and individuals, from the Spartans' fight to the death against the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 BC to the Korean admiral who inspired his country to repel a massive Japanese invasion in the 1590s. Yet it does not shy away from showing the acts of savagery that characterize much warfare, describing, for example, the trail of devastation left by the Mongols as they cut a swath through Asia and Eastern Europe in the thirteenth century, and the atrocities perpetrated on German civilians by all sides in the Thirty Years' War of the seventeenth century.

*Minor shelf wear at dust jacket bottom of spine.*

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Author Joseph Cummins
Publisher Fair Winds Press
Place London
Year 2008-09-01
ISBN 9781592332960
Binding Hardcover
Condition Very Good
Dustjacket Condition Very Good
Comments Minor shelf wear at dust jacket bottom of spine.

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