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 Crimean War

    ESS 2 Paperback
    This bitter war between Russia and Turkey, aided by Britain and France, was the setting for the stuff of legends. This book details the gallant yet suicidal Charge of the Light Brigade, now immortalised...
  2. The Crusades

    ESS 1 Paperback
    Born amid immense suffering and bloodshed, the Kingdom of Jerusalem remained a battlefield for almost 200 years. The Crusades gave rise to the Military Orders of the Templars and Hospitallers, and were...
  3. The American Civil War (1)

    ESS 4 Paperback
    The United States saw long-simmering sectional tensions erupt into fighting at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in April 1861, beginning what would become the most cataclysmic military struggle in the western...
  4. The Seven Years' War

    ESS 6 Paperback
    The closest thing to total war before World War One, the Seven Years' War was fought in North America, Europe, the Caribbean and India with major consequences for all parties involved. This fascinating...
  5. The American Civil War (3)

    ESS 5 Paperback
    Great battles and famous commanders dominated the military history of the Civil War in the Eastern Theater during the period 1863-1865. This book includes revealing details of the clash at Gettysburg,...
  6. The American Civil War (2)

    ESS 10 Paperback
    The American Civil War's vast Western Theater witnessed enormously important military campaigning during the period 1861 - 1863. This book, the third in a four-volume series, examines the geographical,...
  7. The French Revolutionary Wars

    ESS 7 Paperback
    Europe's great powers formed two powerful coalitions against France, yet force of numbers, superior leadership and the patriotic fervour of France's citizen-soldiers not only defeated each in turn, but...
  8. The Napoleonic Wars (2)

    ESS 9 Paperback
    In 1808 Napoleon dominated Europe, but the peace was not to survive for long. Todd Fisher continues his detailed account of the Napoleonic Wars with Austria's attack against Napoleon in 1809. Despite being...
  9. The Korean War

    ESS 8 Paperback
    The Korean War was a significant turning point in the Cold War. This book explains how the conflict in a small peninsula in East Asia had a tremendous impact on the entire international system and the...
  10. Campaigns of the Norman Conquest

    ESS 12 Paperback
    This book provides a full introduction to the Norman Conquest, an event which resulted in dramatic changes to the nation's aristocracy, church and administration. It brought a new language and cultural...

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