The Harper encyclopedia of military history : from 3500 BC to the present /
R. Ernest Dupuy and Trevor N. Dupuy.
4th ed.
New York, NY : HarperCollins, c1993.
xxi, 1654 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
0062700561 :
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New York, NY : HarperCollins, c1993.
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"First edition"--T.p. verso.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 1573-1583) and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-11:
Dupuy's well-known encyclopedia, here in its fourth edition, incorporates some happy improvements over the second revised (i.e., third) edition (1986). Physically, page size is some 15% larger, which with a typeface both larger and higher in contrast, makes this edition much easier to read. The chronological coverage has been extended to 1991 and some older sections have been rewritten (most notably that on ancient China), and readers will welcome an improved bibliography and some new maps. Unfortunately, some faults endure, including spots of weak text; for example, although current understanding of the military organization of the Old Babylonian period is imperfect, it is substantially superior to the dynastic recitation Dupuy offers. This is not the only place where military history degenerates into a history of peoples. The illustrations could also be improved: some are outdated woodcuts, others are misleading (a tank said to have been used by the Afrika Korps is far too late a model to have seen anything but twilight service in that campaign). These failings are slight compared with the work's general utility, however, and librarians who have learned the value of prior editions will want this improved version. P. L. Holmer; Southern Connecticut State University
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Choice, November 1993
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Table of Contents
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the Second Revised Edition
Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Organization of This Book and Its Use
The Dawn of Military History: to 600 B.C.p. 1
War Becomes an Art: 600-400 B.C.p. 19
The Era of the Giants: 400-200 B.C.p. 42
The Rise of Great Empires in East and West: 200-1 B.C.p. 91
The Pax Romana: A.D. 1-200p. 135
The Decline of Rome and the Rise of Cavalry: 200-400p. 147
The Opening of the Middle Ages: 400-600p. 181
The Rise and Containment of Islam: 600-800p. 216
The Dark Ages - Battle-Ax and Mace: 800-1000p. 263
The Return of Skill to Warfare: 1000-1200p. 301
The Age of the Mongols: 1200-1400p. 357
The End of the Middle Ages: 1400-1500p. 434
Spanish Square and Ship-of-the-Line: 1500-1600p. 489
The Beginning of Modern Warfare: 1600-1700p. 571
The Military Supremacy of Europe: 1700-1750p. 666
The Dominance of Maneuver on Land and Sea: 1750-1800p. 725
The Era of Napoleon: 1800-1850p. 798
The Emergence of the Professional: 1850-1900p. 898
World War I and the Era of Total War: 1900-1925p. 1003
World War II and the Dawn of the Nuclear Age: 1925-1945p. 1110
Superpowers in the Nuclear Age: 1945-1975p. 1310
Dominance of Technology: 1975-1990p. 1469
Bibliographyp. 1573
General Indexp. 1585
Index of Warsp. 1625
Index of Battles and Siegesp. 1639
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