The Encyclopedia of War

The Encyclopedia of War

Online ISBN: 9781444338232

DOI: 10.1002/9781444338232

About this Book

Selected as a 2013 CHOICE Oustanding Title, The Encyclopedia of War covers the history of warfare from ancient times to the present day across the globe. The encyclopedia provides an overview of the most important events, people, and terms associated with warfare, from the Punic Wars to the Mongol conquest of China and the War on Terror; from the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman ‘the Magnificent’ to the Soviet Military Commander Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov; and from the crossbow to chemical warfare.

Individual entries range from 1,000 to 6,000 words, and the encyclopedia includes 100 black and white photographs along with numerous maps. Drawing on an experienced and internationally diverse editorial board, the Encyclopedia is the first to offer readers at all levels an extensive reference work based on the best and most recent scholarly research.

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Print version of Encyclopedia of WarThis 5-volume reference is a comprehensive print resource covering the history of warfare from ancient times to the present day, across the entire globe.  Please go to for further details.

Free sample content

You can view abstracts of all the entries; in addition, we have made a number of entries available for free, in full, for you to get a real taste of the Encyclopedia. You can access them via the "Sample Content" link under "About This Book".

  • American War of Independence (1775–1783)

  • Armor, development of: medieval to modern

  • China, invasion of (1931, 1937–1945)

  • Pacifism

  • Punic Wars (264–241, 218–201, 149–146 BCE)

  • Russian Civil War (1917–1920)

  • Tribal warfare

  • War crimes