50 Battles That Changed the World by William Weir

By William Weir

Instead of celebrating war, 50 Battles that modified the area appears on the clashes the writer believes have had the main profound effect on global heritage. indexed so as in their relevance to the trendy international, they vary from the traditional prior to the current day and span the globe again and again over. This e-book isn't lots approximately army approach because the implications of the battles that have been very important in shaping civilization as we all know it. the various battles during this ebook are everyday to us all-Bunker Hill, which avoided the yankee Revolution from being stillborn, and Marathon, which stored the world's first democracy alive. Others will be much less familiar-the naval conflict at Diu (on the Indian Coast), which resulted in the ascendancy of Western Civilization and the invention of the USA, and Yarmuk, which made attainable the unfold of Islam from Morocco to the Philippines.

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He hated war, was inept with weapons, and was never in the forefront of his troops. On the second day of the battle the Muslims set fire to the scrub, and the Christians, already suffering horribly from thirst, fought right through the blaze. When Guy attempted to rally the soldiers, they lost cohesion, and the Muslim attacks became more effective. They were dying of thirst, and the Sea of Galilee was only three miles away, all downhill after crossing a ridge. " a foot soldier shouted. A disorganized mass of infantry stampeded for the ridgeline.

After the Peloponnesian War, Sparta had become the chief power in Greece. Spartan hegemony in the Aegean Islands was destroyed in the Battle of Cnidus. The victorious fleet was Greek, but the Great King had paid for it. Later, in 384 BC, the Great King arranged a peace among the warring Greek states. In this "King's Peace," Persia again got undisputed sovereignty over the Ionian Greeks in Asia Minor. Athens, Sparta, Thebes, and Corinth all took turns lording it over other Greeks, and all took Persian money for enterprises, which in the long run benefited only Persia.

The Pope never realized his dream of Christian unity. Constantinople had been the bulwark of Christendom against the forces of Islam for centuries. Dandolo's crusade had wrecked the Empire's infrastructure and set it up for conquest by the Ottoman Turks a couple of centuries later (see Constantinople, Part II, pg. 145). Even worse, it set a deadly precedent. The Pope had not approved the conquest of Constantinople, but he had recognized the new Latin Empire. The precedent of crusading against Christians was set.

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