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. War in Japan

    ESS Paperback Published 17 Mar 2022
    With updates from the author, specially commissioned maps and 50 new images, this is a concise overview of Japan's turbulent Age of Warring States.In 1467 the Onin War ushered in a period of unparalleled...
  2. The Collapse of Yugoslavia

    ESS Paperback Published 17 Mar 2022
    With updates from the author, specially commissioned maps, and 50 new images, this is a concise overview of the tragic conflict in former Yugoslavia and its significant consequences.In 1991, an ethnically...
  3. The Franco-Prussian War

    ESS Multiple formats
    With updates from the author, specially commissioned maps and 50 new images, this is a concise overview of the Franco-Prussian War. The Franco-Prussian War started in 1870 when Otto von Bismarck engineered...

    Starting at: $16.00

  4. The Vietnam War

    ESS Multiple formats
    With updates from the author, specially commissioned maps and 50 new images, this is a concise overview of America's most divisive war.America entered the Vietnam War certain of its Cold War doctrines...

    Starting at: $16.00

  5. Russia’s Wars in Chechnya 1994–2009

    ESS 78 Multiple formats
    In this fully illustrated book an expert on the conflicts traces the progress of the wars in Chechnya, from the initial Russian advance through to urban battles such as Grozny, and the prolonged guerrilla...

    Starting at: $19.20

  6. The Napoleonic Wars (1)

    Multiple formats
    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...

    Starting at: $12.31

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. The Soviet–Afghan War 1979–89

    ESS 75 Multiple formats
    The Soviet invasion of its neighbour Afghanistan in December 1979 sparked a bloody nine-year conflict in that country until Soviet forces withdrew in 1988-89, dooming the communist Afghanistan government...

    Starting at: $19.20

  10. The Second War of Italian Unification 1859–61

    ESS 74 Multiple formats
    The culmination of decades of nationalist aspiration and cynical Realpolitik, the Second War of Italian Unification saw Italy transformed from a patchwork of minor states dominated by the Habsburg Austrians...

    Starting at: $19.20

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