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War: A History in 100 Battles

Richard Overy

The object of this book is to introduce readers to a whole range of military history which has all the drama, dangers, horrors and excitement that we associate with Stalingrad or the Somme. Battles are acute moments of history whenever and wherever they have been fought. Through them we can understand how warfare and world history have evolved.Choosing just one hundred battles from recorded human history is a challenge. Not just because it is necessary to cover almost 6,000 years of history, but because men have fought each other almost continuously for millennia. Anyone who knows anything about the history of war may be disappointed at what has had to be left out. However, each of the 100 memorable battles described shows both how the nature of armed combat has changed over human history, and also how, despite changes in technology, organisation or ideas, many things have remained the same.It is an old adage that you can win a battle but lose a war. The battles featured here almost always resulted in victory for one side or another, but the victor did not necessarily win the war. Some battles are decisive in that broader historical sense, others are not. The further back in time, the more likely it is that an enemy could be finished off in one blow. The wars of the modern age, between major states, have involved repeated battles until one side was battered into submission. Some of the great generals of the recent past – Napoleon, Robert E Lee, Erich von Manstein – have been on the losing side but are remembered nonetheless for their generalship.Some on the winning side have all but disappeared from the history books or from public memory. Equally, in many battles, the issue is not victory or defeat, but what the battle can tell us about the history of warfare itself. New weapons, new tactics, new ways of organising armed forces can have a sudden impact on the outcome of a battle. But so too can leadership, or the effects of a clever deception, or raw courage. That is why the book has been divided up into clear t

The object of this book is to introduce readers to a whole range of military history which has all the drama, dangers, horrors and excitement that we associate with Stalingrad or the Somme. Battles are acute moments of history whenever and wherever they have been fought. Through them we can understand how warfare and world history have evolved.Choosing just one hundred battles from recorded human history is a challenge. Not just because it is necessary to cover almost 6,000 years of history, but because men have fought each other almost continuously for millennia. Anyone who knows anything about the history of war may be disappointed at what has had to be left out. However, each of the 100 memorable battles described shows both how the nature of armed combat has changed over human history, and also how, despite changes in technology, organisation or ideas, many things have remained the same.It is an old adage that you can win a battle but lose a war. The battles featured here almost always resulted in victory for one side or another, but the victor did not necessarily win the war. Some battles are decisive in that broader historical sense, others are not. The further back in time, the more likely it is that an enemy could be finished off in one blow. The wars of the modern age, between major states, have involved repeated battles until one side was battered into submission. Some of the great generals of the recent past – Napoleon, Robert E Lee, Erich von Manstein – have been on the losing side but are remembered nonetheless for their generalship.Some on the winning side have all but disappeared from the history books or from public memory. Equally, in many battles, the issue is not victory or defeat, but what the battle can tell us about the history of warfare itself. New weapons, new tactics, new ways of organising armed forces can have a sudden impact on the outcome of a battle. But so too can leadership, or the effects of a clever deception, or raw courage. That is why the book has been divided up into clear t
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The object of this book is to introduce readers to a whole range of military history which has all the drama, dangers, horrors and excitement that we associate with Stalingrad or the Somme. Battles are acute moments of history whenever and wherever they have been fought. Through them we can understand how warfare and world history have evolved.Choosing just one hundred battles from recorded human history is a challenge. Not just because it is necessary to cover almost 6,000 years of history, but because men have fought each other almost continuously for millennia. Anyone who knows anything about the history of war may be disappointed at what has had to be left out. However, each of the 100 memorable battles described shows both how the nature of armed combat has changed over human history, and also how, despite changes in technology, organisation or ideas, many things have remained the same.It is an old adage that you can win a battle but lose a war. The battles featured here almost always resulted in victory for one side or another, but the victor did not necessarily win the war. Some battles are decisive in that broader historical sense, others are not. The further back in time, the more likely it is that an enemy could be finished off in one blow. The wars of the modern age, between major states, have involved repeated battles until one side was battered into submission. Some of the great generals of the recent past – Napoleon, Robert E Lee, Erich von Manstein – have been on the losing side but are remembered nonetheless for their generalship.Some on the winning side have all but disappeared from the history books or from public memory. Equally, in many battles, the issue is not victory or defeat, but what the battle can tell us about the history of warfare itself. New weapons, new tactics, new ways of organising armed forces can have a sudden impact on the outcome of a battle. But so too can leadership, or the effects of a clever deception, or raw courage. That is why the book has been divided up into clear t

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steven Crossley

Length:

16h 24m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

46:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:33


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:23


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

10:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

10:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

11:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

10:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

10:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:29


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:09


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:11


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:31


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:25


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:04


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:08


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:57


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

10:33


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:52


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:49


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

10:31


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

10:02


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:48


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

10:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:43


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

10:47


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:34


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:13


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:05


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:31


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:57


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:51


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

10:34


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:47


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:34


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

10:04


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:01


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

10:21


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

10:16


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:06


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:44


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

10:10


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:54


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:39


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

09:23


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:14


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

10:59


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:06


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

09:47


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

10:19


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:28


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:17


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:56


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:40


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

09:09


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

10:30


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:48


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

02:24


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

10:24


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

00:33