50 Battles That Changed the World by William Weir

By William Weir

Instead of celebrating conflict, 50 Battles that modified the area appears to be like on the clashes the writer believes have had the main profound impression on international heritage. indexed so as in their relevance to the trendy international, they vary from the traditional earlier to the current day and span the globe repeatedly over. This booklet isn't rather a lot approximately army method because the implications of the battles that have been important in shaping civilization as we all know it.

Some of the battles during this booklet are regular to us all-Bunker Hill, which avoided the yank Revolution from being stillborn, and Marathon, which saved the world's first democracy alive. Others should 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 US, and Yarmuk, which made attainable the unfold of Islam from Morocco to the Philippines.

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Goths, Huns, Avars, Bulgars, Magyars, Vikings, and Moors had attacked the Christian kingdoms from all sides. Under these barbarian attacks, the civilization of Rome had disappeared. Urban life was almost extinguished and Europe had become semi-barbaric. The First Crusade was launched in 1096. Just 82 years before that, Brian Boru smashed the last great Viking expedition outside Dublin, and the Byzantine emperor Basil the Bulgarcide wiped out the last attack on civilization by Central Asian nomads.

The conflict between the Catholics and the Monophysites (see The Nika Rebellion, pg. 16) was still going on. The Catholics were in control in Constantinople, so the Monophysites in the Near East welcomed the Muslims as liberators. Their Prophet had taught the Arabs that Christians and Jews were "people of the book" and must be tolerated, so the conquest went smoothly. After they were established, Muslim rulers bought pagan Turks as slaves, converted them, and made them soldiers, called mamluks.

But that night, Gerard sneaked into Guy's tent and shamed the King into trying to relieve Tiberias. The dry well of Hattin The plan was to drive directly at Saladin's water supply, the Sea of Galilee. Without water, the Muslims would have to withdraw. The tactics would be the time-tested Christian pile driver. Cavalry and infantry were heavily armored. The poorest foot soldiers wore quilted or felt jackets that were amazingly arrow-resistant. "I have seen soldiers with up to 21 arrows stuck in their bodies marching no less easily for that," wrote Beha ed-Din Ibn Shedad, a Muslim official and friend of Saladin.

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