The Britannica Guide to War, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615308520
  • ISBN-13: 9781615308521
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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For better or worse, conflict and war have shaped the trajectory of human interactions throughout history. Though warfare in the 21st century may ostensibly bear little resemblance to the battles of ancient times, many of the same principles, strategies, and tactics are still in play. Meanwhile, weaponry, and the technology used to deploy it, have grown increasingly sophisticated, continuously evolving as the years march onward. These engaging volumes take a unique, in-depth look at the ways in which wars have been fought the world over and throughout time. Detailed sidebars highlight important individuals, battles, and military concepts. Glossaries explain key terms. Photographs and illustrations depict significant events, figures, and equipment in the history of war.

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The Britannica Guide to War: The Science of War  (ISBN-10: 1615307508 | ISBN-13: 9781615307500)

War, while often gruesome and devastating, can also be viewed as a science or art, involving the translation of theory into practice. Even as weapons grow in sophistication over time, war has always involved careful calculations and balancing the interests of the involved party with effective combat techniques against an enemy. This absorbing volume examines the evolution of the strategies, tactics, and logistics employed in various wars and conflicts, from ancient times to the present-day.

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The Britannica Guide to War: War at Sea and in the Air  (ISBN-10: 1615307532 | ISBN-13: 9781615307531)

Although conflict was once restricted to land, the introduction of warships and planes eventually expanded the theater of war to include both water and sky. New combat strategies emerged with these changing technologies and dramatically impacted such events as the First World War. This comprehensive volume examines the various crafts that have shifted the front lines of war to previously unimagined heights and depths and the tactics that have accompanied these developments.

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The Britannica Guide to War: War on Land  (ISBN-10: 1615307524 | ISBN-13: 9781615307524)

Long before they took to the sea and air, warring factions engaged in land-based conflicts that involved close-range combat with rudimentary defenses and weapons. As civilizations have advanced, so too have their military strategies, tactics, and weaponry. Eventually this led to the development of sophisticated land fortifications, arms, artillery, and missile systems in use today by ground troops. This insightful volume examines the evolution of warfare on land around the world, as well as the impact of new technologies on the nature of war.

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The Britannica Guide to War: Weapons of Mass Destruction  (ISBN-10: 1615307516 | ISBN-13: 9781615307517)

With their potential to wreak massive or total devastation, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons have dramatically escalated the stakes of war. As stockpiles of such weapons continue to grow around the world, especially in the years since the Second World War, countries have recognized the need to check their powers. This detailed volume examines various weapons of mass destruction and the science behind them, their effects on conflict, and the various arms control treaties and agreements that have been introduced to help curb the possibility of overwhelming loss.

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