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Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Sommerville, Donald, 1957-
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Publication Information:
Austin, Tex. : Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 1999.
Physical Description:
80 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm.
Examines the wars fought from the latter 1700s through the mid 1800s, describing changes in the make-up of the armies, fighting tactics, and weaponry used.
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D288 .S66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Ten titles describe the causes, consequences, strategies, weaponry, and key figures of warfare from ancient times to the present. Authentic photographs of modern wars transport the reader to battlefields and war-torn countries. Illustrations help readers visualize uniforms, weapons, and battlefield scenes of bygone years. Details of important campaigns are presented in boxed sidebars.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Don't expect these titles to fly off your shelves. They are well illustrated (often in full color), include decent maps and diagrams, contain informative sidebars and fairly specific indexes, and are filled with details about battles, soldiers, and weapons. Chapters begin with summary paragraphs. However, all of this makes for a textbook-like approach that comes off as dry. Sommerville looks at warfare in the late-18th through mid-19th centuries, focusing primarily on the Americans and the French and their wars of independence and subsequent battles with other enemies (such as Mexico and Prussia, respectively). Westwell covers European conflicts from the Great Northern War in 1700 to the death of Catherine the Great in 1796, and includes wars fought with Native Americans and over the fate of India. Unfortunately, neither book offers a chronology/timeline to put these events in perspective. The British influence of both authors is apparent in style and content, giving a definite Western bias to the information. The authors' knowledge is comprehensive, but Westwell's point of view and devotion to the subject of warfare is blatant when he states during his description of the War of the Spanish Succession that "Peace negotiations overshadowed the war during 1712." Names such as Flanders and Bohemia are sometimes thrown in without an introduction or much explanation. All things considered, the facts are correct and these titles may fill a void in libraries where textbooks are not part of the collection or supplementary sources are needed.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.