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15 Decisive Battles of the World
Sir Edward Creasy
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Originally published in 1851, this is one man's opinion of the main incidents in warfare from Marathon to Waterloo. The book is very Anglo-European centric. How bad it would have been had the Persians triumphed over Alexander at Arabela for instance? Sir Edward believed that this would have been tragic, that the Northern Europeans, being destined to rule the world might have forever placed under the Godless rule of the Persian empire to the detriment of all peoples for all time. This kind of criteria is not popular - or more specifically, Not Politically Correct in todays time. Still his descriptions of the battles are quite good, somewhat more clear than a lot of today's writers.
Comment By: Gunny – Freeport, Bahamas – June 13, 1999, 15:41
Books written so long ago tend to have a style that makes them almost unreadable. I found this book to be easy to read and quite informative.
Comment By: acid burn – Yogyakarta, Indonesia – August 23, 1999, 15:18
Comment By: Bruce – Boston, Mass. – March 16, 2001, 09:52
Whether the book is "Politically correct" or not is insignificant; the importance of the book (as it should be with all books) is measured by it's true historical record. This is not the re-written, pro-minority, fairytale history that is taught in America's classrooms today; this is true history, the real triumphs of European men in battle against uncivilized and semi-civilized hordes; the triumph of western, Christian man, the triumph of European man over Asian and African. Thanks to their strength and bravery, the entire globe would benefit under European hegemony; the crusade to civilize the world was about to begin.
Comment By: Leonidas – evansville, in – June 22, 2001, 19:54
I have read this book twice now and find it fascinating. As for the comment above re Creasy's "Eurocentricism": this is typical of the our era. Historians can only write from their own perspective. To do otherwise would be impossible. Even an account of "the enemy's" point of view can only be subjective. The phrase "damned if you do, damned if you don't" springs to mind. Would the guy who made the comments above accuse an African historian of Afro-centricism or a Jewish author of Judeo-centrism? I think you all know the answer to that. Creasy's book is timeless and the little modern men who judge him on today's idea of right and wrong are really no more significant than maggots.
Comment By: Militiades – Houston, TX – October 30, 2001, 15:29
I like this book. I am a public school history teacher. Shocked? You shouldn't be. Creasy's work is excellent and, although it has a reading level that is a tad above the stuff being printed today, it is understandable to sophmores. I intend on highlighting every battle Creasy discusses during my course this year. My kids have been very receptive to him so far. Often when a battle is mentioned the inevitable question arises from amongst my students, "Is this a 'Creasy battle'?". They get it.
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