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  Caesar's Gallic Wars 58-50 BC (Essential Histories 43)
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Caesar's Gallic Wars 58-50 BC (Essential Histories 43)
: Kate Gilliver
: Osprey Publishing
: 2003
isbn: 0415968585, 1841763055
: 94
: english
: PDF (scan)

Julius Caesar was one of the most ambitious and successful politicians of the late Roman Republic and his short but bloody conquest of the Celtic tribes led to the establishment of the Roman province of Gaul (modern France). Caesar's commentaries on his Gallic Wars provide us with the most detailed surviving eye-witness account of a campaign from antiquity. Kate Gilliver makes use of this account and other surviving evidence to consider the importance of the Gallic Wars in the context of the collapse of the Roman Republic and its slide toward civil war.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 6-04-2015, 06:09 | : 288   (0)
  The American Civil War (1): The War In The East 1861-May 1863 (Essential Histories 4)
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The American Civil War (1): The War In The East 1861-May 1863 (Essential Histories 4)
: Gary Gallagher
: Osprey Publishing
: 2001
isbn: 1841762393
: 96
: english
: PDF (scan)

The United States saw long-simmering sectional tensions erupt into fighting at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in April 1861, beginning what would become the most cataclysmic military struggle in the western world between Waterloo and the First World War. This volume focuses on events in the Virginia theater during the conflict's first two years, highlighting Union and Confederate strengths and weaknesses, leadership and strategy on each side, and the ways in which events on the battlefield influenced politics, diplomacy, and debates about emancipation. Osprey Essential Histories are complete yet concise studies of each major conflict in history.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 3-04-2015, 07:07 | : 387   (0)
  The Spanish Invasion of Mexico 1519-1521 (Essential Histories 60)
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The Spanish Invasion of Mexico 1519-1521 (Essential Histories 60)
: Charles M. Robinson
: Osprey Publishing
: 2004
isbn: 1841765635
: 99
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Spanish conquest of Mexico was the most remarkable military expedition in history, and in achieving it, Hernan Cortes proved himself as one of the greatest generals of all time. This book explains the background of the Aztec Empire and of the Spanish presence in Mexico. It describes the lives of the Aztecs in their glittering capital and of the Europeans who learned to adapt and survive in an alien and often dangerous world. The invasion was a war between civilizations, pitting the fatalism and obsessive ritual of the Aztecs against soldiers fighting for riches, their lives, and eventually their souls.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 7-08-2014, 04:28 | : 389   (0)
  The Spanish Civil War (Essential Histories 37)
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The Spanish Civil War (Essential Histories 37)
: Frances Lannon
: Osprey Publishing
: 2002
isbn: 1841763691
: 95
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 was of enormous international as well as national significance. In this gripping volume, Frances Lannon explains how this internal conflict between democracy and its enemies escalated to involve Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and the Soviet Union. We go behind the scenes to find out the true story of the bitter fighting within the sides, not just between them. The experiences of the men and women caught up in the fighting are highlighted. For them, and for a world on the brink of the Second World War, the stakes were agonisingly high.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 6-08-2014, 03:44 | : 347   (0)
  The Suez Crisis 1956 (Essential Histories 49)
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The Suez Crisis 1956 (Essential Histories 49)
: Derek Varble
: Osprey Publishing
: 2003
isbn: 1841764183
: 97
: english
: PDF

In July 1956 the Egyptian President, Gamal Nasser, nationalized the Suez Canal, causing immediate concern to Britain and France. They already opposed Nasser and were worried at the threat to maritime traffic in the Canal.This work traces the course of subsequent events. Together with Israel, Britain and France hatched a plot to occupy the Canal Zone and overthrow Nasser. Israel atacked Sinai, and Britain and France launched offensives throughout Egypt, but strategic failures overshadowed tactical success. Finally, Britain, France, and Israel bowed to international pressure and withdrew, leaving the Suez Canal, and Egypt, firmly in the hands of President Nasser.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 1-08-2014, 09:29 | : 332   (0)
  The Anglo-Afghan Wars 1839-1919 (Essential Histories 40)
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The Anglo-Afghan Wars 1839-1919 (Essential Histories 40)
: Gregory Fremont-Barnes
: Osprey Publishing
: 2009
isbn: 1846034469, 9781846034466
: 100
: english
: PDF (scan)

During the 19th Century Britain entered into three brutal wars with Afghanistan, each one an imperial struggle for power that saw the British forces trying, and failing, to gain control of an inhospitable and impenetrable region. The first two wars (1839 - 42, 1878 - 81) were attempts to expunge pro-Russian sympathies, and thehe third, in 1919, a result of an Afghan-declared holy war against British India. In the last of the three, over 100,000 Afghans answered the call for a holy war, generating a military force that would prove too great for the British Imperial army. Each of the three wars were plagued with military disasters, lengthy sieges and costly engagements for the British, and history has proved the Afghans a formidable foe and Afghanistan an unconquerable territory. This book reveals the history of these three Anglo-Afghan wars, the imperial power struggles that led to conflict and the torturous experiences of the men on the ground as they struggled against the inhospitable Afghan terrain and an unrelenting enemy. The book concludes with a brief overview of the motives for today's conflict and draws the historical parallels between the past and present.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 31-07-2014, 05:18 | : 327   (0)
  The Napoleonic Wars (4): The Fall of the French Empire 1813-1815 (Essential Histories 39)
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The Napoleonic Wars (4): The Fall of the French Empire 1813-1815 (Essential Histories 39)
: Gregory Fremont-Barnes
: Osprey Publishing
: 2002
isbn: 1841764310
: 97
: english
: PDF (scan)

This volume covers Napoleon's gradual fall from power, beginning in the spring of 1813, when France prepared to face the vengeance of Russia and Prussia. quickly raising new armies composed of inexperienced conscripts and invalided veterans, and with a critical shortage of cavalry, Napoleon resolved to preserve his empire in Germany, where he initially managed to achieve some hard-fought victories. When at last Austria threw in her lot with the Allies and the epic Battle of Leipzig followed, Napoleon was forced to retreat across the Rhine, there to resist the onslaught on home soil. The pressure against him proved too great, and with Paris lost and his marshals refusing to fight on, no option remained but abdication. Yet his last battle, and one of the most decisive in military history, was still to come: Waterloo.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 30-07-2014, 08:18 | : 303   (0)
  Byzantium at War AD 6001453 (Essential Histories 33)
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Byzantium at War AD 6001453 (Essential Histories 33)
: John Haldon
: Osprey Publishing
: 2003
isbn: 1841763608, 04315968615
: 94
: english
: PDF

Byzantium survived for 800 years, yet its dominions and power fluctuated dramatically during that time. John Haldon tells the story from the days when the Empire was barely clinging on to survival, to the age when its fabulous wealth attracted Viking mercenaries and Asian nomad warriors to its armies, their very appearance on the field enough to bring enemies to terms. In 1453 the last emperor of Byzantium, Constantine XII, died fighting on the ramparts, bringing to a romantic end the glorious history of this legendary empire.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 29-07-2014, 03:15 | : 375   (0)
  The Peloponnesian War 431-404 BC (Essential Histories 27)
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The Peloponnesian War 431-404 BC (Essential Histories 27)
: Philip Souza
: Osprey Publishing
: 2002
isbn: 1841763578
: 94
: english
: PDF (scan)

It is a testament to the fascination of the subject that even today the events of the Peloponnesian War are studied for what they can teach about diplomacy, strategy and tactics. This book reveals the darker side of Classical Greek civilization. From the horrific effects of overcrowding and the plague on the population of Athens, to the vicious civil strife that often erupted in cities allied with Athens or Sparta, this volume offers vivid and at times disturbing insights into the impact of warfare on the people who are celebrated as the founders of Western civilization.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 15-07-2014, 04:54 | : 290   (0)
  The Hundred Years' War 1337-1453 (Essential Histories 19)
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The Hundred Years' War 1337-1453 (Essential Histories 19)
: Anne Curry
: Osprey Publishing
: 2002
isbn: 1841762695
: 94
: english
: PDF (scan)

There can be no doubt that military conflict between France and England dominated European history in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This war is of considerable interest both because of its duration and the number of theatres in which it was fought. In this book, Hundred Years War expert Dr Anne Curry reveals how the war can reveal much about the changing nature of warfare: the rise of infantry and the demise of the knight; the impact of increased use of gunpowder and the effect of the wars on generations of people around it.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 7-07-2014, 07:23 | : 361   (0)
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