100 Decisive Battles: From Ancient Times to the Present by Paul K. Davis

By Paul K. Davis

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The writer does a great task of outlining the old importance of every conflict with concise, but special descriptions. The illustrations are spare, yet sufficient. My simply criticism: the writer does wreck the finishing through naming the victor first and foremost, instead of the tip of every conflict. A good put thumb whereas studying every one description will therapy this problem.

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This is what has given occasion to His Majesty of Sweden to put fleets to sea and bring armies into thefield,in order to preserve his friends; being thereto invited by several princes and states of the Empire, before they were entirely reduced to servitude and misery, wherein they now find themselves shackled (text in Symcox, 1974:103-105). Gustav Adolph did not mention the religious issue in his manifesto, despite his personal Protestant piety. He could not launch propaganda attacks directly against the forces of Catholicism, since he anticipated and eventually received funds and support from Catholic France.

Some of the histories are deficient in specifying all war participants' stakes. The operating rule guiding research is therefore to identify only the issues that generated the conflict between the original combatants. States that entered wars later are omitted from the analysis. The distinctions between issues are usually clear, but in some instances rough judgments are required. There is also the problem of instrumentality and the lack of concordance between parties' perceptions of stakes. How, for example, would we classify the following situation as described by Boccalini in discussing the foreign policy of Venice in the fifteenth century?

1962:53) of the Holy Roman Empire's constituent units and to create a balance between them and the Hapsburgs, France had to gain control over Pinerolo and Lorraine. " Annexed territory was not considered French aggrandizement but as necessary to create a general European security system. French arms, of course, had made other conquests as well. Richelieu had his advisers dredge up old legal claims to them. On hindsight, this might appear as little more than self-serving justification for territorial expansion.

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