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The 15 Decisive Battles of the World from Marathon to Waterloo Kindle Edition

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Ranging from Marathon to Waterloo, this 1851 classic of military history chronicles the battles that changed the course of history. It ranks among the most influential, popular histories ever published, featuring authoritative and entertaining analyses of key events.Generations of students and armchair historians have benefited from its marvellous insights.

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Sir Edward Shepherd Creasy(1812--1878) was educated at Eton and Cambridge, and worked as a lawyer and judge until 1840, when he became a professor of history at the University of London. In 1860 he became Chief Justice of Ceylon. After his return to England in 1870, he wrote and published several books, though none received the acclaim of Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1184 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Acheron Press (6 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OVWQVW
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #379,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I have a battered old copy of this book (published in 1996 by Oracle Publishing Ltd) I was given the book for free a few years ago and kept hold of it ever since.

I expected the grammar and vocabulary to be fairly old school considering it was first published in 1851 but once I got reading it turned out to be up to todays standards but without a biography or any unwanted information (even though the author Edward Creasy himself is a famous man).

The information itself is very good, the author is obviously a very intelligent man considering the amount of factual knowledge he has managed to gather and cram into an average looking paperback. He uses sources and translations to create a vivid narrative of each battle from Marathon in 490BC to Waterloo in 1815 (the book was published 36 years later). Creasy begins each battle by explaining the political situation at the time and takes you on a journey through the battle to the victory and aftermath, published pre World-War with no comparisons to the horrors or tactics the 20th century.

I have gained much knowledge and enjoyment from the information inside this book but I find the price of this particular paperback seems particularly steep.

Aged 20 England
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Every battle in history has mattered. Whatever the outcome, so much has been riding on that one moment in time, that one swing of the pendulum. Back in 1851 Sir Edward Creasy published his narrative about 15 battles from history. Creasy's intention was not to regale us with the story behind the 15 most famous battles at that time. Instead he shares 15 battles that he believes changed the course of history and had the greatest impact. There are no battles between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin here, no Crecy, Poitiers, Agincourt, Bosworth Field, Thermopylae, Pharsalus, no Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Spartacus or Rameses II in sight. While these battles and individuals hold their place in history, they are not deemed decisive enough for this list. This is why Wellington's defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo features but not Nelson's victory at Trafalgar or indeed Napoleon's masterpiece at Austerlitz.

Creasy begins in Ancient Greece with the Battle of Marathon where the mighty Persian army was decisively beaten, preceded by the brave Spartan stand at Thermopylae. Creasy takes us through the timelines to include Alexander the Great's epic victory over the Persian, Darius III, at Arbela, the crucial victory at Chalons that checked Attila the Hun's assaults against Europe, the Battle of Hastings, the Spanish Armada and the Americans' victory over the British at Saratoga. Going through there is no denying how crucial each battle was and many of the choices do seem surprising at first. The Carthaginian, Hannibal, gets an inevitable mention but it is the defeat of his brother at Metaurus that Creasy deems the crucial moment, for it prevented the two brothers joining their armies and potentially bringing Rome to its knees.
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Very detailed and an informative read, especially on describing the battle of Waterloo where I couldn't put the book down
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By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2014
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Sir Edward Creasy was a barrister who became Lord Chief Justice of Ceylon, and he was also a lecturer in history at the University of London. In other words, he was no slouch! His wide historical research led him to write a number of books, of which the best known is this book, written in 1851. A typical Victorian, Creasy regarded Europe (and particularly British conquest) to be the bringers of civilisation to the barbaric peoples of the world. This influenced his choice of important battles, for he saw world history through its lens. He explains that some battles were important because they prevented Eastern nations from invading and controlling Europe, as far back as ancient Greece. Britain was the leading world power in his time and he regarded this as a very good thing for the world so he described battles which shaped Britain's history and extended her influence. At times, the book seems jingoistic, but I find this interesting in itself, coming as it does from a time of British expansion, when national pride was at its height and the world seemed a simpler and more certain place. I felt that one learnt, not only about the world events he selected, but about the England of his own time.
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I love history but this little number is I felt on some occasions very personnel to the authors views
The writers opinion shows up all through the book and although sometimes not a bad thing
For me it was just long winded there are much better out there just pay the little extra
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This is more of an historical reference book than something for the casual reader - some texts are written in the original Latin, which is ok if your read Latin - there are no translations included - would probably not have bought this had I known
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the best book i have read all year.
an enthralling account of famous battles written in a very readable style.
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When reading this you have to bear in mind that it was published in 1851, and reflects the British view of the world as much as the decisiveness of the battles that are included. Thus the slave owning Athenians are heralded as the guardians of freedom and democracy, etc. The battles covered are eurocentric, with the vast Chinese territories, which the author admits contained a third of the world's population, being dismissed with a single sentence.

An interesting read but bear in mind the distinct bias in the writing!
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