Wikipedia Tour: Major Battles Throughout History
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Troy. Waterloo. Gettysburg. These are all are names that have become synonymous with major battles—from the ancient Greek siege of Troy to Napoleon’s bitter defeat at Waterloo to the dramatic reversal of fortune for the Union forces at Gettysburg. Visit these and the sites of many other crucial battles with our Wikipedia Tour of Major Battles Throughout History. Among the vastly different nations, forces, and weapons you’ll encounter within this Tour there will also be a few notable constants: the commitment of soldiers, the daring tactics of leaders, and the brutal nature of armed conflict. Indeed, the achievements of armies past are stunning—Carthaginian leader Hannibal riding upon elephants to attack his Roman foes, the British forces defeating the famed Spanish Armada in 1588—but the human cost of such strife echoes loudly through the ages too.
The text of this Wikipedia Tour is available from Wikipedia under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.
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Welcome to our _Wikipedia Tour: Major Battles Throughout History_. Each day we’ll send you a link to a new article about a major battle on Wikipedia. The introduction to each day’s article is included in the installment so you can choose to read just the introduction or the full article.
Reviewed by hamahakkimies on May 22, 2009
Worthless list of battles taking place in the U.S.
The list concentrates on the history of the United States and its author lacks any sense of proportion. There is a really annoying Anglo-American bias in the selections.
1. Trojan War ("Yes, a WAR.")
8. Mongol Invasion of Central Asia ("Not exactly a singular battle if it takes place in 'Central Asia' and lasts from 1206 to 1221, is it?")
11. Siege of Orléans ("Yes, that's three battles from the Hundred Years' War between France and England.")
13. Lexington and Concord
14. Siege of Yorktown
19. Siege of Vicksburg
20. Little Bighorn ("Yes, list actually parallels Little Bighorn with the Mongol Invasion of Central Asia.")
Even though the depictions of individual battles are interesting, I honestly can not recommend the list as a whole.
Reviewed by eoinpurcell on Mar 23, 2009
Nicely pitched summary of battles peaked my interest a worthwhile read!
Reviewed by alcibiades on Feb 5, 2009
Poor selections, no value
When it says "Major Battles", it's actually Major Battles of American related history, the last 1/4 of battles are all in civil war era. And from 1200 onward, all major battles throughout history happened in America...
Another issue is, most articles have only an introduction in the email, you have to click through the links to read the main content, and some of them are very long, you need to spare much more time on it.
So, if you want to read things about battles of world history, i suggest you find a real book or somewhere else online. Or, you can find some other books in Dailylit, as long as they are not "Wikipedia Tour"...
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