Essential Histories Specials

Osprey’s Essential Histories Specials series are Multi-volume editions that combine previously published Essential Histories single volumes in one great value publication. Each book studies the origins, politics, fighting and repercussions of one major war or theatre of war, from both military and civilian perspectives. Featuring full colour maps, diagrams and photography throughout, each book in also includes pictures of contemporary artwork and artefacts, providing a full visual appreciation of how it was to live through each war.

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  1. Liberty or Death

    ESP 7 Paperback
    At the beginning of the 18th century, America was a colonized land with European countries squabbling over its many natural resources. In 1754, the French-Indian War broke out as a decisive battle between...
  2. Rome at War

    ESP 6 Paperback
    The story of a small town that rose to become the most powerful empire of the ancient world has been an inspiration to generations of people. Even after the collapse of the Roman Empire, many nations and...
  3. The Greeks at War

    ESP 5 Paperback
    Inspiring generations of poets, novelists, scriptwriters and scholars, the rise and fall of the great Empires of the Classical world is an enthralling story of passion and conquest. The leaders, battles...
  4. The Napoleonic Wars

    ESP 4 Paperback
    The Napoleonic Wars saw fighting on an unprecedented scale in Europe and the Americas. It took the wealth of the British Empire, combined with the might of the continental armies, almost two decades to...
  5. The Second World War

    ESP 3 Paperback
    The period from 1939 to 1945 saw some of the most devastating events in living memory. Existing in the shadows of fear, sacrifice, deprivation and uncertainty, soldiers and civilians of all nationalities...
  6. The First World War

    ESP 2 Paperback
    Raging for over four years across the tortured landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the First World War changed the face of warfare forever. Characterised by slow, costly advances and fierce...
  7. The American Civil War

    ESP 1 Paperback
    Undoubtedly the most cataclysmic military struggle of the late nineteenth century, the American Civil War spanned four bloody years of fighting in which over 620,000 American soldiers and sailors lost...

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