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 Wars of Alexander the Great

    ESS 26 Paperback
    The age of Alexander and his conquest of the Persian or ‘Achaemenid' Empire, which had existed for over two centuries, represents a watershed in the history of the world. This book offers a fascinating...
  2. The First World War (4)

    ESS 23 Paperback
    The First World War in the Mediterranean represented more than just a peripheral theatre to the war on the western front. This engaging volume includes details of allied attempts to capture Constantinople;...
  3. The Second World War (5)

    ESS 24 Paperback
    In 1940, fresh from the success in France, Hitler turned his attention to the East. In this volume Geoffrey Jukes explains what led to Hitler's decision to instigate the invasion of the Soviet Union (Operation...
  4. The Mexican War 1846–1848

    ESS 25 Paperback
    The war with Mexico was the one of the most decisive conflicts in American history. After smashing Mexico's armies the young republic bestrode the North American continent like a colossus with one leg...
  5. The Russo-Japanese War 1904–1905

    ESS 31 Paperback
    The Russo-Japanese war saw the first defeat of a major European imperialist power by an Asian country. When Japanese and Russian expansionist interests collided over Manchuria and Korea, the Tsar assumed...
  6. War in Japan 1467–1615

    ESS 46 Multiple formats
    In 1467 the Onin War ushered in a period of unrivalled conflict and rivalry in Japan that came to be called the Age of Warring States or Sengoku Jidai. In this book Stephen Turnbull offers a masterly exposition...

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  7. The Thirty Years' War 1618–1648

    ESS 29 Paperback
    More than three and a half centuries have passed since the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years' War (1618-48); but this most devastating of wars in the early modern period continues to capture the...
  8. The Second World War (3)

    ESS 30 Paperback
    This volume provides a comprehensive guide to three major theatres of combat; the battles for the Atlantic, the war in the Mediterranean and the contest in the Indian Ocean. The war at sea was a vital...
  9. The Arab-Israeli Conflict

    ESS 28 Paperback
    The Palestine War has been by far the most important military encounter in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This book examines the origins of the war and its progression through two distinct stages:...
  10. The Second World War (6)

    ESS 32 Paperback
    This book examines the seminal Northwest Europe campaign of the Second World War. This hard-fought campaign conducted by the Western Allies against the Germans during 1944-45 represented, for the former,...

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