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The Punic Wars 264-146 BC (Essential Histories series Book 16) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Nigel Bagnall

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The three Punic Wars lasted over 100 years, between 264 BC and 146 BC. They represented a struggle for supremacy in the Mediterranean between the bludgeoning land power of Rome, bent on imperial conquest, and the great maritime power of Carthage with its colonies and trading posts spread around the Mediterranean.

This book reveals how the dramas and tragedies of the Punic Wars exemplify many political and military lessons which are as relevant today as when Hannibal and Scipio Africanus fought to determine the course of history in the Mediterranean.

The Osprey Guide To... series is a reworking of the popular Essential Histories series, now available as non-illustrated eBooks at a fantastic low price.

The maps and text remain the same – giving a strong historical overview of some of the most important conflicts and theatres of war from the ancient world through to modern times.

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The three Punic Wars lasted nearly 100 years, from 264 BC to 146 BC. They represented a struggle for supremacy in the Mediterranean between the bludgeoning land power of Rome, bent on imperial conquest, and the great maritime power of Carthage with its colonies and trading posts spread around the Mediterranean. This book reveals how the dramas and tragedies of the Punic Wars exemplify many political and military lessons which are as relevant today as when Hannibal and Scipio Africanus fought to determine the course of history in the Mediterranean.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Starter Volume 28 mars 2003
Par Wallace V. French III - Publié sur Amazon.com
Another decent Osprey book. Only 95 pages and easy to read. The book has some holes in the content, but it is only meant to be a starter. I mean how can you cover all three Punic Wars in 95 pages? You can't. I have read quite a few Osprey books because I like the abridged content, but in this case I didn't think the 95 pages was enough. For instance the battle of Cannae was covered in two pages. That just wasn't enough for the single most important battle of all the Punic Wars and one which could have ended Rome before it ever became the empire it grew into. I like the glossy pages and the color maps were very helpful. The author spends a little time on the social aspects of these wars between Carthage and Rome and how they affected ordinary citizens. This was helpful, but again it was only a couple pages and the one page bibliography wasn't much help for further reading. I'm sure it is difficult to write about the Punic Wars because it is all one sided. After the third war Carthage was completely wiped out so we have no evidence or writings which came out of Carthage. All the primary sources have come out of ancient Rome. Generally speaking I like these Essential Histories series of books and I would recommend these to anyone. However, if you really want to learn about the Punic Wars I would suggest searching elsewhere for a larger volume. This one is just too short.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good History of First and Second Punic Wars 15 août 2005
Par km86617 - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book gives a decent summary of Polybius. Good maps, illustrations, and photographs enhance the reader's understanding of the geography and topography of battles.

"The Punic Wars," however, falls short in its summary of the Third Punic War: only three or four pages are spent discussing its events. Furthermore, the author provided excellent coverage of the interwar years between the first two wars, yet completely ignores the 50+ year gap between the end of the second war and beginning of the third.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Overview of All Three Wars. 18 février 2010
Par Mike Dillemuth - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is both an excellent overview and an easy read. The author, Nigel Bagnall, successfully combines all three Punic wars into a narrative that is simple to follow. It has the breakdown of chapters that are common to Osprey's "Essential Histories" series. Of particular note is that the majority of the book is focused on the war itself. That is not always the case. Nevertheless, it still contains the usual chapters on chronology, background to war, and portraits of both a soldier and civilian. The author appears to understand modern military theory. This is evident by his analysis of the wars at the strategic, operational, and tactical level. To a small degree, this book is more than just a narrative of events. Of note is that a considerable amount of attention is given to the First Punic War. Most narratives tend to focus on Hannibal's exploits in crossing the Alps and the subsequent battles on the Italian peninsula.

The author does a great job of helping the reader keep track of the various characters. For example, he describes Claudius Pulcher, who lost a battle after receiving a bad omen from the gods. Claudius is noted for throwing a chicken overboard to drown when it failed to give a favorable sign. When Claudius is mentioned later in the book, the author is quick to point out the chicken reference. By using this writing technique, the reader is able to quickly remember the significance of that particular individual.

As with all Osprey books, this one contains an assortment of landscape photos, drawings, and maps. The battle maps are clear, easy to understand, and uncluttered. In addition, there are photos of ancient coins, statues, and other artifacts.

Bottom line: this book is very well written. The author did an excellent job of clearly describing this conflict. The events are separated in a chronological manner that allows the reader to easily follow along. The reader will not be disappointed with this excellent overview of the war that began Rome's march to becoming an empire.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Brevity Is Not Always A Bad Thing 27 avril 2008
Par Dai-keag-ity - Publié sur Amazon.com
For someone already versed in Roman history, this book may not contain much new information, but for a reader who wants a good, short overview of the Punic Wars, then this works fine for that. At less than one-hundred pages, The Punic Wars 264-146 BC can be read in one sitting, and I found little quarrel with the author's presentation of facts or take on the conflict. Not comprehensive, not meant to be, this book is perfect for someone only wanting to gain a sound working familiarity with these conflicts.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly recommended -- but with certain reservations 7 mai 2012
Par Michael K. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
The century of wars between Rome (then in its "adolescent" phase) and the great Phoenician mercantile empire based at Carthage is not a major area of study among today's history students, but as an undergrad Classical History major (an academic strategic error I later corrected), I spent an entire semester sorting out what all happened, and why, and what the immediate and long-term results were. I sure wish I'd had this book. The author had a long and varied career in the British army, ending up as Chief of the General Staff, and subsequently a Fellow in military history at Balliol. And it's clear he knows his stuff. He carefully lays out the historical background of the two contending cultures and the strategic geography with which they had to deal, and also their very different attitudes toward military action. Each of the three wars (separated by brief periods of breath-catching if not actual peace) consisted of simultaneous operations in different theaters, but Bagnall prefers to follow each from beginning to end, then to backtrack a bit for the next one. Given the complexity of the whole contest, this was probably the best approach. While giving full attention to the personalities involved -- especially Hannibal and Scipio Africanus -- he's more interested in the social and political forces behind the war.

This more recent series by Osprey is longer than their others, running to 96 pages. It departs from their earlier practice of putting all the color plates in one signature (a production decision based on economics) and has spread color illustrations throughout the volume. Unfortunately, those which reproduce present-day photos of battle sites (as opposed to photos of paintings and sculpture) tend not to be very well reproduced, which pulls down the overall quality of the work. There are also way too many typos and questionable spellings and dates, which could have been avoided by closer attention to copyediting. Still Bagnall has done an excellent job of providing a concise introduction to a complicated subject, which is exactly what Osprey aims to do in all its series. And there's a brief but thoughtful bibliography to which the interested reader can sink a great deal more time. The author's work, then, is first-rate, but he hasn't been especially well served by his editors and production staff.
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