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Warfare in the Eighteenth Century (1999)

by Jeremy Black

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It was the century of American independence, of warfare between France and Prussia, of invading Mongols in Tibet. The most successful power anywhere was China; the largest land battles took place in India. All around the globe, using weaponry from muskets to the bow-and-arrow, conflicts raged: in a way, these were the first "world wars." Sometimes troubles on the edges of empire triggered new battles in Europe, and the balance of power shifted as France weakened and Frederick the Great established Prussia as a major new force. From the forests of New England to the Philippines, the diverse campaigns covered here portray developments in every society, on land and on sea, and reveal how new policies arose with the growth of colonialism.… (more)
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The informational chapter book is definitely not my favorite style of writing, but it definitely serves it's purpose and is important to include in classrooms. This particular book I feel does an excellent job at breaking up the text and having ample pictures and maps to help the reader understand what they are reading. I feel that it often had too many facts all at once and took too much time relating those facts and figures to the topic of what the author wanted to talk about at times. The gave the book long periods where it was very "dry" and hard to follow and made the reader want to skip ahead which defeats the purpose of having those facts in the book to begin with. Regardless of these faults in writing style the author does cover history in a unique way that I enjoyed. This author did not center this book around European and American wars and made certain to include differences around the globe. This is something that is often missed because of the time period most history books focus on the war for independence and leave out important details from wars around the globe. I feel like this author did an excellent job at incorporating multiple viewpoints into his book and it could be very useful in certain situations. Not a book I would recommend for a fifth grade classroom, but maybe something that could be recommended to a student with extreme interest and background knowledge. ( )
  ccarpe13 | Oct 22, 2015 |
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It was the century of American independence, of warfare between France and Prussia, of invading Mongols in Tibet. The most successful power anywhere was China; the largest land battles took place in India. All around the globe, using weaponry from muskets to the bow-and-arrow, conflicts raged: in a way, these were the first "world wars." Sometimes troubles on the edges of empire triggered new battles in Europe, and the balance of power shifted as France weakened and Frederick the Great established Prussia as a major new force. From the forests of New England to the Philippines, the diverse campaigns covered here portray developments in every society, on land and on sea, and reveal how new policies arose with the growth of colonialism.

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