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  • Hardcover: 1070 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198662092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198662099
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 6.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anyone with a point to clarify on military matters, or a simple curiosity about military affairs, would do well to turn to this volume first. This lecturer in military history will certainly be doing so regularly. (William Philpott, King's College, London) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Richard Holmes is Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Royal Military College of Science. He presented the entire BBC-TV series War Walks and one part of The Western Front.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a writer, I am often interested in selecting a military example for a point I am making about business. Invariably, I have a hard time locating the facts to see if the examples I have in mind work for my purposes. Weeks of fruitless research have often followed from wanting a fairly minor example. Then, in editing, much rewriting occurs because the details were slightly off in the draft. With the Oxford Companion to Military History, those problems are now all behind me.
I began my investigation of the book by checking out every military history question I could ever remember having had for my writing. Sure enough, this volume contained enough information to have answered each and every one of my questions more than adquately. That was very impressive to me, and it made me decide to add this volume to my reference library. One of the many nice features of this book is that each listing also refers to the best full-length works on that subject, for those who want to get a lot of detail.
The book has more than 1300 entries, written by more than 150 specialists in these military subjects. The subjects are elaborated on by more than 70 detailed maps and 15 pages of diagrams. Each entry is in alphabetical order, with cross-references to more general and more specific topics.
The book focuses on land warfare, so air and naval warfare are in the book primarily to round out the picture on land. So you will find Billy Mitchell, but not the air raids on Ploesti during World War II.
As the editor points out, "There are dictionaries of battles, of military leaders, and even of military history. This is none of those things, although, in its way, it subsumes them all." The purpose is to provide "dependable information and thoughtful assessment for intelligent readers of many kinds . . . .
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
Creating something as complex as a worthy companion to such a vast ranging subject as Military History must have been a daunting prospect for the editor but Richard Holmes was up to the task. This is a well-produced work which brings together many well-known (and indeed lesser-know) authors who are clearly authorities in their particular fields. It covers almost all areas of military history, and includes countless topics which even the most expert reader would wish to know more about, all in one albeit not slim, volume. Top of the genre, reasonable priced, and a winner.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JM Buchanan on 12 Jan. 2009
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This huge book is, whatever its minor flaws, a magnificent achievement by all concerned, editors, contributors and publisher. I applaud the freedom the writers have enjoyed and their resulting unfettered opinions. But I particularly applaud Holmes' rejection of the wilder, headline-grabbing school of self-interest - the Alan Clark `we should have left Hitler alone' iconoclasm. There is an awareness in much of the book of the distinction between what is right and what is expedient, and that genocide and enslavement are worse than war. The Schlieffen Plan was flawed; but it was also wrong - it violated Belgian neutrality. I find it perfectly legitimate for a military historian to exercise political and moral judgement. Alistair Horne's writing is infused with such judgements and his convictions strengthen his analysis. As the prolific Bicheno writes of Churchill's refusal to compromise with `the absolute evil' of Hitlerism...'If the old nation had to destroy itself, it could not have done so for a cause more befitting its noblest aspirations, or under a better chieftain.'
Jacqueline Buchanan, Guild of Battlefield Guides
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Sept. 2007
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Though I have by no means 'read' this book in the normal sense of the word I don't hesitate to give it a five star-rating. Historical novels is what I love to read most, and for those of you out there who share the same passion: the Oxford Companion to Military History will rarely let you down.

No book on military history can be truly exhaustive, but few are the times when you will not find the entry you're looking for, and they are invariable astute and to-the-point. On top of that, the maps are excellent too.

This Companion is that good I even find myself sometimes just happily browsing it, and I never fail to stumble across some interesting bit that'll capture my attention. More than worth the money!
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