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Description - The War Chronicles: From Chariots to Flintlocks by Joseph Cummins

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. Cummins main goal of illustrating the law of unintended consequences is nimbly achieved with gripping stories and lively writing. --Library Journal

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781592332960
ISBN-10: 159233296X
Format: Hardback
(204mm x 248mm x mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Fair Winds Press
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joseph Cummins

Joseph Cummins (Maplewood, NJ) is the author of History's Great Untold Stories: Larger Than Life Characters and Dramatic Events That Changed the World. His forthcoming books include Turn Around and Run Like Hell: Unconventional Military Strategies That Worked, History's Greatest Hits, and Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks and October Surprises in America's Presidential Campaigns

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