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Little-Known Wars of Great and Lasting Impact: The Turning Points in Our History We Should Know More aboutby Alan Axelrod
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Alan Axelrod identifies 18 smaller wars that led to great changes in history, from the Afghan Civil War that precipitated the rise of the Taliban to the Algerine War in 1815, seen as the first war on terror, to King Philip’s War in 1675 that, in proportion to the population at the time, was the costliest war in American history and changed the colonies forever. Axelrod takes a fascinating look at the turning points in world history that people often overlook. Filled with more than 75 maps, illustrations, and paintings. An in-depth and gripping read for people who want to know more about important historical events.
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This book tells the stories of 18 little-known wars usually left out of mainstream histories. It describes these wars and their effects on nations and individuals, subsequent wars, and alliances and enmities in the present day. Organized chronologically, they include the eighth century war between invading Muslims and defending Spanish Christians; the First and Second Opium Wars; the revolt in 132-35 that prompted the ongoing persecution of Jews; the war between the US and the Barbary Pirates in the early 1800s; the War for Afghan Independence in 1919; and the Mau-Mau Uprising in 1952-1956 in Kenya. Color maps and other illustrations are included. Axelrod has been an editor, creative consultant, and historical consultant, and is the author of many books on history and military history. An imprint of Quayside Publishing. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Alan Alexrod identifies between 18-25 smaller wars that led to great changes in history from the Afghan Civil War that precipitated the rise of the Taliban to the Algerine War in 1815 seen as the first “war on terror” to King Philip’s War in 1675 that in proportion to the population at the time was the costliest war in American history and changed the colonies forever.
About the Author
Alan Axelrod, Ph.D., has had a distinguished career in and out of publishing. He received his doctorate from the University of Iowa. He was a senior editor at Abbeville Press and vice president of Zenda, Inc., a consulting firm to museums and cultural institutions. He was chief acquisitions editor for Turner Publishing, Inc. He has been a creative consultant for (and on-camera personality in) The Wild West television documentary series (Warner Bros., 1993) and Civil War Journal (A&E Network, 1994), and he served as historical consultant for The Discovery Channel.
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