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.
Historian Paul Kennedy chronicles the emergence of a new world order.
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By Robert Walsh
An infamous massacre followed a Native American religious revival.
The Japanese won the battle, but their advances into the Pacific were halted.
From the 19th century to the Cold War.
The accomplished war correspondent was determined to see the action.
The British were trying to disguise a superior new technology.
Go deeper into the historical and political reasons for Russia's invasion.
The long-running sitcom that lampoons American life has focused on warfare more than once.
These curious conflicts lacked one crucial element: actual fighting.
By Robert Walsh
These conflicts should be remembered.
Britain and France battled for world supremacy, drawing in numerous other nations.
These how-to guides will instantly transport you back in time.
By John Tuttle