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50 Battles that Changed the World : The Conflicts That Most Influenced the Course of History

William Weir, Pentagon Press, 2008, 320 p, ISBN : 8182743120, $55.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

50 Battles that Changed the World : The Conflicts That Most Influenced the Course of History/William Weir

Contents: Introduction. 1. Marathon, 490 BC. 2. Nika Rebellion, 532 AD. 3. Bunker Hill, 1775 AD. 4. Arbela, 331 BC. 5. Hattin, 1187 AD. 6. Diu, 1509 AD. 7. Britain, 1940 AD. 8. Constantinople, Part I, 1205 AD. 9. Tsushima, 1905 AD. 10. Saratoga, 1777 AD. 11. Valmy, 1782 AD. 12. Adrianople, 378 AD. 13. Midway, 1942 AD. 14. Hastings, 1066 AD. 15. Tenochtitlan, 1520-21 AD. 16. Stalingrad, 1942-43 AD. 17. Busta Gallorum, 552 AD. 18. Lechfeld, 955 AD. 19. Dublin, 1916 AD. 20. Emmaus, 166 BC. 21. Yarmuk, 636 AD. 22. Batte of the Atlantic, 1939-45 AD. 23. Cannae, 216 BC. 24. Malplaquet, 1709 AD. 25. Carrhae, 53 BC. 26. Constantinople, Part 2, 1453 AD. 27. The Armada, 1588 AD. 28. The Marne, 1914 AD. 29. Rhodes, 1522 AD. 30. Tours, 732 AD. 31. Tanga, 1914 AD. 32. Chalons, 451 AD. 33. Las Navas de Toloso, 1212 AD. 34. Gupta, 1180 AD. 35. Chickamauga, 1863 AD. 36. Lepanto, 1571 AD. 37. New Orleans, 1814 AD. 38. Petrograd, 1917 AD. 39. France, 1918 AD. 40. The Alamo, 1836 AD. 41. Wu-sung, 1862 AD. 42. Waterloo, 1815 AD. 43. Kadisiyah, 637 AD. 44. Kazan, 1552 AD. 45. Lutzen, 1632 AD. 46. Manila Bay, 1898 AD. 47. Tet offensive, 1968 AD. 48. Rome, 390 BC. 49. Sedan, 1870 AD. 50. Poltava, 1709 AD. Honorable mentions: other battles, other lists. Biographical glossary. Glossary of military terms. Timelines. Bibliography. Index. About the author.

"50 Battles That Changed the World looks at the clashes the author believes have had the most profound impact on world history. Listed in order of their relevance to the modern world, they range from the ancient past to the present day and span the globe many times over. This book is not so much about military strategy as the implications of the battles that were vital in shaping civilization as we know it.

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.

All battles are human dramas, and those discussed here include some of history's most fascinating characters--from Narses, the eunuch ex-slave who reconquered the Roman Empire, to Don Juan of Austria, the swashbuckling bastard who stopped the Turks at Lepanto; from George Dewey, the elderly fire-eater who sank the Spanish fleet at Manila Bay and defied the German Kaiser, to Enrico Dandolo, the blind ancient who led the misguided crusade that conquered "impregnable" Constantinople.

Battles have been fought, lives have been lost, causes have been advanced, and stories of great warriors have been told over and over again. Here are the stories of the 50 greatest and most significant battles and those who fought, won, and lost them." (jacket)

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