Category Archives: Military History

Winners At A Losing Game

One of the more momentous wars in the 19th century was fought mostly in the Crimean Peninsula in the southern portion of Ukraine. Since time immemorial this constricted space has proven to be the location of ferocious conflict, and it … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Crimean War

The Crimean War, by Deborah Bachrach This book is a discussion of one of the more obscure major wars of the last couple hundred years in the Crimean War. There are a few elements of this war that are of … Continue reading

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Book Review: 1863 Civil War Diary

1863: 1863 Civil War Diary: James M. Hart, 7th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, edited and compiled by Jerry M. Easley In many ways, this book is somewhat disappointing. It is unfortunately all too common for a book like this one to … Continue reading

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Book Review: A History Of The Hellenistic World

A History Of The Hellenistic World, 323-30 BC, by R. Malcolm Errington One of the more lamentable aspects of reading a history like this is knowing that while the historian responsible for this work is surely competent at what he … Continue reading

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Book Review: In Distant Lands

In Distant Lands: A Brief History Of The Crusades, by Lars Brownworth What this book offers is mainly a short narrative history of the Crusades. Given that depending on one’s count there are either eight or nine crusades, to cover … Continue reading

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Book Review: Battle Royal: The Wars Of the Roses: 1440-1462

Battle Royal: The Wars Of The Roses: 1440-1462, by Hugh Bicheno Having read the second part of this series [1] before the first, I had some idea of what to expect from this author. This book follows the other in … Continue reading

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Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

One of the more ominous but pointed Latin quotations that fits this time and numerous other times of great struggle is “laws are silent in matters of arms.” Those who desire a sound legal order by nature are people who … Continue reading

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Book Review: Crusader Castles

Crusader Castles: Christian Fortresses In The Middle East, by Brian Hoggard The author of this book makes a strong case for the vital importance of fortification design for the relative longevity of the Crusader states in the Outremer. While we … Continue reading

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Book Review: Whatever It Took

Whatever It Took: An American Paratrooper’s Extraordinary Memoir of Escape, Survival, And Heroism In The Last Days OF World War II, by Henry Langrehr and Jim DeFelice This book is somewhat extraordinary in that it is the most restrained book … Continue reading

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Book Review: How To Plan A Crusade

How To Plan A Crusade: Religious War In The High Middle Ages, by Christopher Tyerman This is the sort of book that I have never seen before about the crusades, and the sort of book that very much is worth … Continue reading

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