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.
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Grant Moves South explores the legendary general’s pivotal successes and military strategies.
Major went above and beyond the call of duty in World War II and the Korean War.
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Meet the man behind the legend.
The American doctor was a beacon of hope for the soldiers he treated during his tour of duty.
In 1852, at age 103, Revolutionary War veteran Conrad Heyer sat down to have his picture taken.
As the Battle of Baltimore drew to a close, an American flag was raised—and the national anthem was born.
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Private Sommers may have been the final American killed on Armistice Day.
The mysterious historical figure remains an enigma, even in death.
They called it the "Battle of L.A." There was just one problem—the City of Angels wasn't under attack.
His crew tied a rope around his chest and he made his way onto the wing to extinguish the blaze.