Essential Histories

Each Essential Histories book studies the origins, politics, fighting and repercussions of one major war or theatre of war, from both military and civilian perspectives. Spanning 3000 years of human conflict, most major wars are covered, from the Punic Wars to the Iran-Iraq war. Featuring full colour maps, diagrams and photography throughout, each book in Osprey’s Essential Histories series also includes pictures of contemporary artwork and artefacts, providing a full visual appreciation what it was like to live through each war. Essential Histories are an important reference resource for students, teachers, academics, history enthusiasts and hobbyists.

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  1. The Chinese Civil War

    ESS Paperback Published 15 Sep 2022
    In this fully illustrated introduction, Dr Michael Lynch provides a concise overview of the Chinese Civil War, a defining conflict in world history.Between the end of World War II and the dawn of the Cold...
  2. The Jacobite Rebellion

    ESS Paperback Published 15 Sep 2022
    Fully illustrated with colour maps and images, this is an accessible introduction to one of history's most heavily romanticized and mythologized campaigns.Dr Gregory Fremont-Barnes presents a detailed...
  3. The Collapse of Yugoslavia

    ESS Multiple formats
    An accessible illustrated introduction to the brutal conflict in the former Yugoslavia, one of the greatest yet least understood tragedies of the 20th century.In 1991, an ethnically diverse and peaceful...

    Starting at: $16.00

  4. War in Japan

    ESS Multiple formats
    Fully illustrated with colour maps and 50 images, this is an accessible introduction to the most violent, turbulent, cruel and exciting chapter in Japanese history.In 1467 the Onin War ushered in a period...

    Starting at: $16.00

  5. The Vietnam War

    ESS Multiple formats
    In this fully illustrated introduction, leading Vietnam War historian Dr Andrew Wiest provides a concise overview of America's most divisive war. America entered the Vietnam War certain of its Cold...

    Starting at: $16.00

  6. The Franco-Prussian War

    ESS Multiple formats
    Illustrated with colour maps and images, this is an introduction to the Franco-Prussian War, a war that marked the beginning of the creation of modern Europe. The Franco-Prussian War started in 1870 when...

    Starting at: $16.00

  7. Russia’s Wars in Chechnya 1994–2009

    ESS 78 Multiple formats
    A concise illustrated study of the prolonged and bitter Russian campaigns in Chechnya from 1994 to 2009 which profoundly influenced Russia's politics, society and military. In this fully illustrated...

    Starting at: $19.20

  8. The Napoleonic Wars (1)

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    While Napoleon prepared his army, on the coast of France, for an invasion of England that would never come, Russia and Austria prepared to move against his rear. Napoleon turned on the allies and crushed...

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  9. The Wars of Spanish American Independence 1809–29

    ESS 77 Multiple formats
    In 1808, Napoleon Bonaparte treacherously outmaneuvered the corrupt Spanish Bourbons and installed his brother Joseph as King of Spain, igniting the flames of war across the Iberian Peninsula. Far across...

    Starting at: $16.76

  10. The Rise of Imperial Rome AD 14–193

    ESS 76 Multiple formats
    In this book Duncan Campbell explores the course of the wars that ensued as successive emperors sought to extend the empire, from Claudius' conquest of Britannia, Domitian's campaigns on the...

    Starting at: $15.62

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