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The Encyclopedia of Invasions & Conquests


This new edition is a comprehensive guide to over 170 invasions, conquests, battles and occupations, from ancient times to the present. Throughout history, invasions and conquests have played a remarkable role in shaping our world and defining our boundaries, both physically and culturally.

The Encyclopedia of Invasions & Conquests, from the Ancient Times to the Present, 3rd Edition is arranged into four main sections;

  1. The Entries section is split into seven parts based on time periods ranging from the Ancient World to the 20th-21st centuries. Each of these sections begins with a brief essay discussing the state of warfare in that era, followed by the individual topics.
  2. The Readings section is full of valuable primary sources that aid in extended research and understanding. These readings include the Laws of War from the Hague Convention of 1907, excerpts from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and much more.
  3. The Historical Timeline section lists all of the individual entries in chronological order with the beginning and ending dates for each conflict, so that historical themes and developments can be explored.
  4. Finally, the Bibliography will be an invaluable resource in further research.

This third edition includes a number of new articles to fill in some gaps in history that did not get covered in the previous edition. Updates includes articles from the late 20th century and early 21st centuries to describe activities that have taken place in conflicts that were ongoing at the time of the last edition, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Newer invasions which have taken place since the last edition have also been included, such as the Russian incursion into Ukraine. Finally, a new article addresses a pressing issue of the contemporary world: to what extent can large-scale migration or refugee movements be considered an invasion? Also new to this edition are the seven section introductions that discuss warfare as it pertains to the time period covered in that section.

Quick Facts

  • Completely revised and expanded with events in 2016
  • Arranged by historical period, each chapter begins with a map to help readers locate key areas and geographical features, followed by A-Z entries with bibliographical references. 
  • Complete and comprehensive coverage, with new articles on 21st-century invasions in Russia, Ukraine, and North Vietnam, plus a wide variety of additional historic essays. 
  • Categories of entries include Countries, Invasions & Conquests, and Individuals, to provide a well-rounded overview of all aspects of invasions, including their political, economic, religious, and cultural ramifications. 
  • The entries on Leaders--among them Sargon, Alexander the Great, William the Conquerer, and Adolf Hitler--deal with people who sought to gain control, expand power, or exert religious or political influence over others through military means. 
  • Other useful features include cross-references, a cumulative biography, and a comprehensive subject index. 
  • Available in print and ebook formats.

This authoritative, well-organized, clearly written volume will prove invaluable for a variety of readers, including high school students, military historians, members of the armed forces, history buffs, and hobbyists, and will be a useful resource for both university and public library reference collections.


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Pub. Date: November 2016
Softcover: 660 pages
ISBN: 978-1-68217-100-4
Price: $165
Includes Free Online Access on the Salem Press Platform
e-ISBN: 978-1-68217-101-1
eBook User Price: $206