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Empires, Wars, and Battles

The Middle East from Antiquity to the Rise of the New World

T. C. F. Hopkins

Forge Books

As current events have made painfully obvious, the Middle East is a region long torn by strife and traditions of warfare. In this elegant, fast-paced, and well thought out cultural and military history, T. C. F. Hopkins, author of Confrontation at Lepanto, provides a remarkable glimpse into the origins of the conflicts that formed the ancient world as well as the world we have inherited.
 
This book examines the development of the traditions and hostilities that have grown from millennia of conflict and looks at the precarious balance between the West and the Middle East. Focusing on complex rivalries, from the Ancient Egyptians and Hittites to the five-hundred-year conflict between the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, this book seeks to shed light on the character of the region, and why it has borne and continues to bear a critical role in world affairs. Incorporating the most recent discoveries and scholarship, Empires, Wars, and Battles provides both an account of political and military events and a survey of the cultures and societies of the ancient Near East.
 
The straightforward, accessible text is clear and credible to the well-read history buff, but understandable and fascinating to the reader who knows nothing about ancient or military history. There are few books on the market that can claim to cover this complex, timely material in such a comprehensive and interesting fashion.

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Chapter One The Ancient World Antiquity to Alexander the Great Origins of Western civilization are often deemed to have been in the Middle Eastern region called Mesopotamia, the then-fertile plain located, as the name implies, between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers, and beyond their confluence into the Persian Gulf. This region ten thousand years ago was markedly less arid than it is today—mostly savannah grasslands on the plains, groves of trees in protected areas, and upland forests—and lent itself to cultivation, fenced grazing, and the establishment of permanent
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"Hopkins has provided a compact, fast-moving, and frequently exciting account of the struggle, climaxed by an absorbing blow-by-blow description of the daylong battle, avoiding excessive reliance on naval jargon, enabling general readers to appreciate this excellent recounting of a seminal event."--Booklist on Confrontation at Lepanto

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  • T. C. F. Hopkins

  • T. C. F. Hopkins has studied history for more than forty years and has a special interest in cultural anthropology as well as military history. The pseudonym for a famous and beloved author of dozens of fantasy, horror, and young adult novels, she has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Bram Stoker Award.
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    Empires, Wars, and Battles

    The Middle East from Antiquity to the Rise of the New World

    T. C. F. Hopkins

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