The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare: From Ancient Egypt to Iraq

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Previously published in hardcover as War: The Definitive Visual History

War has been central to the rise and fall of civilizations since the dawn of time. The history of warfare first emerges from legend in Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, around 3,000 years before the birth of Christ. The first armies that we know about fought in Sumeria, Ancient Egypt, and Syria. From these first battles, fought with spears or axes on horseback or on foot, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare traces the campaigns and conflicts that have shaped world history and examines the evolution of military tactics and technology.

The story of the development from these primitive battles to the global conflicts of the 20th century and the modern "War on Terror" is the story of humanity itself, reflecting the same political, cultural and technological forces that have defined human history. From longbows to laser-guided missiles; from chariots to jet aircraft; and from Samurai warriors to SAS soldiers, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare provides the definitive visual chronicle of this intense, brutal, and often heroic tale.

War combines a coherent and compelling spread-by-spread historical narrative with a wealth of supporting features on weapons and technology, strategy and tactics, the experience of war, and history's fighting elites to recount the epic 5,000-year story of warfare and combat through the ages.

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Penguin
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Apr 16, 2012
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512
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ISBN
9781465403735
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English
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History / Military / General
History / Military / Pictorial
Reference / Encyclopedias
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From the author of The Audit of War comes “a valuable read for those interested in leadership” through the 19th and early 20th centuries (StrategyPage).
 
Throughout history, there have been those who become leaders through effort, fate, violence, or simple luck. They are leaders of men, of armies, and of nations. Some strive for the best of humanity, while others spread death and destruction. But all change history.
 
In this controversial study, Correlli Barnett examines the strengths and weaknesses of twenty wartime leaders in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He considers the extraordinary difficulties they faced, and analyses how they performed and what they achieved. Were they successful, or were they beaten down by the burden of their roles? His book focuses on men from different backgrounds, from three continents in conflicts ranging from the American Civil War to the Second World War.
 
They include statesmen such as Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler, and Winston Churchill; generals like Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas Haig, Erwin Rommel, Georgy Zhukov, and Dwight D. Eisenhower; and admirals like Isoroku Yamamoto and Bertram Ramsay. These leaders demonstrated fascinating contrasts of personal character, styles of leadership, and aptitude for command as they grappled with the daunting professional problems that confronted them.
 
Here, the author demolishes hallowed reputations, rehabilitates the unjustly scapegoated, and shines an unfiltered light on those who have shaped our world.
Focusing on the front-line soldiers who fought for their tribes, their cities, their overlords and their countries-from the Ancient Greeks who repelled the invading Persians in the 5th century to the US Marines in action in Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, this visual history paints a compelling portrait of the front-line soldier through 2,500 years of history. The third in a series of illustrated military history books, following the highly successful Battle and Weapon, Warrior features vivid accounts of daily life, training, and tactics of the ordinary fighting man.

There are also features on the kit they carried and the weapons they used, as well as the part they played in significant battles. In addition to celebrated soldiers of Europe and North America there are sections on equally formidable warriors from other parts of the world, such as the Mongol horsemen of the 13th century, the Aztecs, the Samurai of 17th-century Japan, New Zealand's Maori and the Zulus of South Africa.

Warrior is organized into six sections, covering six distinct periods in the history of warfare: Phalanxes and Legions deals with the warfare of Ancient Greece and Rome; Conquest and Chivalry explores the age of warriors who fought for either honor or plunder; Pikemen and Musketeers charts the advent of gunpowder in the 16th century; Empires and Frontiers deals with expansion of empires and the clashes of colonization; Trenches and Dogfights looks at the mechanized warfare of World War I and II, when the development of tanks, aeroplanes and submarines as weapons of war marks the beginning of a completely new era; and Guerillas and Commandos shows that despite the proliferation of death-dealing machines the ordinary soldier still retains a role, sometimes highly specialized, such as helicopter-borne infantry, or guerrilla forces like the Vietcong, who managed to resist the most powerful army on earth.

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