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The Punic Wars (264-146BC) sprang from a mighty power struggle between two ancient civilisations - the trading empire of Carthage and the military confedoration of Rome. It was a period of astonishing human misfortune, lasting over a period of 118 years and resulting in the radical depletion of Rome's population and resources and the complete annihilation of Carthage. All this took place more than 2,000 years ago, yet, as Nigel Bagnall's comprehensive history demonstrates, the ancient conflict is remarkable for its contemporary revelance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780712666084
ISBN-10: 0712666087
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x 25mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » A stirring tale, well told by an author with a distinguished military career to inform him. The Punic Wars of 264-146BC haunted the Romans and have fascinated people ever since. The clash of expansionist powers made terrible demands on both sides before Rome achieved ultimate victory and was set on her road to controlling the entire known world. Though Hannibal's feat with the elephants resonates most keenly, Bagnell's campaign-by-campaign analysis seeks to show that this desperate, long-lasting conflict offers practical and political lessons that still have relevance. It makes a gripping piece of military history. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Nigel Bagnall

Sir Nigel Bagnall was born in India in 1927. He joined the British Army in 1945 and served in Palestine, Malaya, Borneo, the Canal Zone, Cyprys, Singapore and Germany. He ended his distinguished military career as Chief of the General Staff in London and was also an Honorary fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He died in April 2002.

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Punic Wars 264-146 BC by Nigel Bagnall

The Punic Wars 264-146 BC

Paperback, February 2002