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The Encyclopedia of War, 5 Volume Set

Gordon Martel (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9037-4
2912 pages
January 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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This ground-breaking 5-volume reference is a comprehensive print and electronic resource covering the history of warfare from ancient times to the present day, across the entire globe. Arranged in A-Z format, the Encyclopedia provides an overview of the most important events, people, and terms associated with warfare - from the Punic Wars to the Mongol conquest of China, and the War on Terror; from the Ottoman Sultan, Suleiman ‘the Magnificent’, to the Soviet Military Commander, Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov; and from the crossbow to chemical warfare.

Individual entries range from 1,000 to 6,000 words with the longer, essay-style contributions giving a detailed analysis of key developments and ideas. Drawing on an experienced and internationally diverse editorial board, the Encyclopedia is the first to offer readers at all levels an extensive reference work based on the best and most recent scholarly research. The online platform further provides interactive cross-referencing links and powerful searching and browsing capabilities within the work and across Wiley-Blackwell’s comprehensive online reference collection.

Learn more at www.encyclopediaofwar.com.

Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title

Recipient of a 2012 PROSE Award honorable mention

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Author Information

Gordon Martel is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Northern British Columbia and Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria.  He has written widely on the history of modern war. Among his best-known books are Imperial Diplomacy (1985) and The Origins of the First World War (4th edition, 2008). He was one of the founding editors of the leading scholarly journal, The International History Review, and is editor of two book series, ‘Seminar Studies in History’ and ‘Short Histories of Big Ideas’.  He has edited numerous scholarly publications including The World War Two Reader (2004), A Companion to Europe, 1900-1945 (Blackwell, 2006) and A Companion to International History, 1900-2001 (Blackwell, 2007).
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“Along the way he provides fascinating tidbits of history and culture. Recommended for academic collections,

especially those focusing on current events.”  (Reference Reviews, 26 July 2012)

Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012

“Simply put, no reference tool currently in publication covers the topic of war with comparable inclusiveness; engaging, well-informed scholarship; and up-to-date analysis.”  (Book List, 1 May2012)

“This encyclopedia provides a good introduction prior to reading any authoritative account of a major conflict such as the Civil War. The reader will take away an understanding of strategy as well as causes and results of each conflict. In fact, this series even provides “further reading” sections following each entry to guide additional research.”  (Civil War News, 1 August 2012)

“A masterpiece of meticulous scholarship, superbly organized, impressively comprehensive, and thoroughly 'user friendly', "The Encyclopedia Of War" is an essential core addition to personal, academic, and community library Military History and World History reference collections.”  (Midwest Book Review, 1 June 2012)

“Whether examining the Angolan civil wars (1975-2002) or the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict, students and instructors alike will find much to like in this dynamic set.  Highly recommended for high-school and academic institutions of all levels.”  (Booklist, 15 May 2012)

“Even technical entries are clearly composed, making them accessible to researchers at various levels. Younger users will learn from this source the value and pleasure imparted by a traditional format, but libraries must decide whether to provide access to both the print and online versions. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers.”  (Choice, 1 June 2012)

"Using a huge international gathering of editors and contributors, Martel, a specialist in the history of modern warfare, has crafted a rich resource with entries on major wars, battles, and the people who played a significant role in shaping the nature of warfare." (Library Journal, 28 February 2012)



'Global, spanning all of human history from ancient times until the twenty-first century, and elegantly produced: this is as comprehensive as it comes. '
—Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, University of London, author of 'An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-Face Killing in Twentieth-Century Warfare'

'The Encyclopedia of War offers a unique and comprehensive insight into the history of warfare, with over 650 detailed entries that will be invaluable to History lecturers and students. The Encyclopedia is an essential reference work for any library. '
— Fiona McLean, Humanities Subject Librarian, University of Chester

‘A well-planned and interesting work that ranges widely to cover war as a global phenomenon. An excellent choice of contributors and a thoughtful coverage of topics. The best work of its type.’
—Jeremy Black, University of Exeter, author of ‘ The Great War and the Making of the Modern World’.

The Encyclopedia of War provides comprehensive coverage of the history of warfare since ancient times. With detailed essays and shorter entries – on hundreds of well-selected events, military and political leaders, and key concepts – the Encyclopedia is an invaluable resource for scholars and students and an indispensable reference work for any library.‘
—Jack S. Levy, Rutgers University.

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