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. 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: $16.99

  2. 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...

    Starting at: $15.99

  3. 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: $16.99

  4. 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: $16.99

  5. 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...

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  6. 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...

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  7. The Northern Ireland Troubles

    ESS 73 Multiple formats
    The British campaign in Northern Ireland remains one of the most controversial actions in recent history. This new book by Aaron Edwards considers the strategic, operational and tactical aspects of what...

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  8. The Jacobite Rebellion 1745–46

    ESS 72 Paperback
    The Jacobite Rebellion was the final attempt of the House of Stuart to re-establish itself on the British throne and it saw the death throes of the independent martial prowess of the Highland clans. No...
  9. The Chinese Civil War 1945–49

    ESS 61 Paperback
    Out of the ashes of Imperial China arose two new contenders to lead a reformed nation; the Chinese Nationalist Party, the Kuomintang, and the Chinese Communist Party. In 1927, the inevitable clash between...
  10. The Anglo-Afghan Wars 1839–1919

    ESS 40 Paperback
    During the 19th century Britain entered into three brutal wars with Afghanistan, each one saw the British trying and failing to gain control of a warlike and impenetrable territory. The first two wars...

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