A Guide to Battles: Decisive Conflicts in History (Oxford Quick Reference)

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Ranging from the Peloponnesian war, to Trafalgar and Gettysburg, to the War in Iraq, this exciting book tells the stories of the most dramatic, memorable, and important conflicts in world history. This superb, one-volume reference describes almost 300 battles from around the world--from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as well as from Europe and the Americas. All the battles are grouped in chapters which tell the wider story of a particular era or region, whether it be the ancient world or Asia and the Middle East. Each chapter includes an introduction that sets out the historical, tactical, and technological context, and looks at current debates among military historians. In addition, individual battles are placed within the wars of which they formed a part, allowing readers understand a battle's full military and historical significance. With detailed maps, a wide range of illustrations, and an extensive index, this book offers a gold mine of information for everyone interested in world or military history.

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Richard Holmes is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom. A leading military historian, he has presented seven BBC TV series.
Martin Marix Evans is an independent writer who has written numerous books on military history, including Forgotten Battlefronts of World War I and The Fall of France.

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`Review from previous edition Highly recommended'
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Military Illustrated

`For the armchair general beleaguered by military history books, this arrives like Blucher's army at Waterloo. Well presented and clear.'
The Scotsman

`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.'
Library Journal

`An invaluable reference for the student of military history and the general reader alike'
John Ellis

`[An] excellent account...Battlefield offers a fascinating overview of military conflict up to the second Gulf war.'
The Guardian

`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'
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