This is a great book that is just about pocketable. The author has taken 100 conflicts to illustrate war from 10,000 BC to the present day – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: War in 100 Events FILE: R2604 AUTHOR: Martin van Creveld PUBLISHER: The History Press BINDING: hard back PAGES: 224 PRICE: £12.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Middle East, Asia, Europe, Americas, Cold War, Ancient History, war, armed conflict, modern wars, asymmetric warfare ISBN: 978-0-7509-8241-2 IMAGE: B2604.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y9g2an6d LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This is a great book that is just about pocketable. The author has taken 100 conflicts to illustrate war from 10,000 BC to the present day – Most Highly Recommended. This is a book that every child should read and its how history used to be taught. It will however come as a terrible surprise for some history teachers who thought that nothing of note happened before Comrade Corbyn, or their bet noir, Donald Trump. History will always contain some bias, not least because most of it is written by the victors. What is totally wrong is for a teacher to twist history by crude dogma, usually from the alt-left or some decrepit structure like the European Union. As a result of the deficiencies of primary and secondary education, there are, sadly, adults who grew up with twisted propaganda and they should go out, buy a copy of this book and read it from 10,000 BC onwards. In addition, many military history enthusiasts will find it a stimulating read that adds to their knowledge. War is a key part of human development. When discussion and negotiation fails, some form of war begins. As a result, war is a natural part of life and it shapes all of us. Understanding how and why wars begin is the best way of learning how to avoid them. Each war is destructive, but it also stimulates technical development. Without the spur of war we would never have built the ships that enabled adventurers to cross the world, find new lands, new trade and new ideas. It has given us air travel and space travel and one day it may provide the only means of continuing humanity beyond the life of the Earth. Humans are only at the top of the food chain because they have learned to fight and win. Some readers may be irritated by the use of BCE and CE in place of the traditional way of identifying Ancient History as years BC and Modern History as years AD. The author has written in a politically neutral way but inevitably challenges the alt-left view of life, because the basic facts challenge that distorted view. In that view every child leaves school with a satchel full of diplomas and certificates, even if they have learned nothing of value. The view is keen to list victims, and create new victims, but finds winners to be nasty far-right people. The reality of life is that it is a constant flow of opportunities and challenges. Those who fail to fight and win will lose. There is a limit to the number of people that the dwindling number of wealth creators can support on benefits, so now is a good time to start learning about fighting and winning. During the period from 10,000 BC to the present day there has never been a year without a war somewhere. Most years see many wars of varying sizes and intensities, so picking just 100 to illustrate war must have been a significant challenge for the author. However, he has made an excellent selection and provided sufficient information to adequately explain the basic facts, for the reader to then go and read about each war from the mass of available books. The book also provides a very good starting point to learn more about the many wars that could not be fitted into this excellent review.