There’s no way around it; history has been shaped by the outcome of innumerable wars and battles fought over everything from religion to territorial disputes to outright revenge over a perceived injustice. Learning about these conflicts is vital to understanding the world we live in today.
Our military coverage spans the ancient world through the Cold War. Discover epic medieval clashes, or fierce battles that caused entire ancient civilizations to crumble. Examine the political intricacies of sprawling conflicts like the Seven Years’ War or the War of Spanish Succession. Explore the devastation of the World Wars, or the fresh conflicts they left in their wake.
There’s also the fascinating evolution of weapons from the Stone Age through the nuclear arms race, as well as the changing military theories and strategies (or lack thereof) powering key decisions. Or you can discover a unique study of how contagious diseases have impacted the outcome of every war in America’s history, from skirmishes with Native Americans to 20th-century biological warfare.
True stories about the people who fought these conflicts put a human face to the cost of war. You can learn about the Soviet Union’s Night Witches (an all-female regiment of fighter pilots), discover the Mapuche people’s centuries-long military resistance against the Spanish conquistadors, or read war books written by those who were actually there. Whatever draws you into military history, we’re exploring every angle of the conflicts that caused empires to rise and fall, reshaping our world in the process.
The extraordinary flier's strange tale fascinates, decades later.
By Robert Walsh
Think you know WW1? Think again.
This man went from an unwilling, pacifist draftee to Sergeant York, military hero and legend.
During the War of 1812, no one wanted to come face-to-face with the Kentuckians.
Historian Walter Lord recounts the bombing of major U.S. battleships and the heroics of the men on board.
The Doughnut Girls of World War I delivered a taste of home when it was needed most, boosting morale and the popularity of the Salvation Army.
Meet two hard-partying geniuses that became Cold War operatives.
By Olivia Mason
Rediscover what America has meant from 1776 to the modern day.
While their men fought on the front lines, women fought their own battle at home and in the workforce—and helped bring the Allied Powers to victory.
The Napoleon House lay awaiting its infamous tenant.
Gilbert Bates toured the South and England on foot in Union uniform, flag in hand.
20 winners will receive a copy of 999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Jewish Transport to Auschwitz.
Bombing by balloon had been outlawed by the Hague Convention of 1899, but Italian forces found a workaround.
Even a 300,000 Franc bounty couldn't bring him down.
Court-martialed after the sinking of the cruiser, Captain McVay's innocence was proven by Hunter Scott in 1996.