This is a survey of the world's military history from the beginning of recorded time to the present. The term 'military history' includes not only narration of wars and combat operations in general, but also the concurrent growth of the military art itself, its tactics, strategy and weapons. Furthermore, since discussion of militsry operations in vacuo disregards the relationship of war to politics, the author's intention has been to include sufficient background description, interpretation, evaluation, and analysis of each major operation to relate it to pertinent significant happenings in world history, thus satisfying the needs of general reader and historian.
The book, in preparation for over a decade, contains twenty-one chapters, each chapter devoted to several centuries up to 1400, thereafter to a single century. Each chapter opens with a clear succinct introductory essay summarising the highlights of the period to be covered - names of outstanding leaders , unusual developments, tactical and strategical trends - which is then followed by a detailed continent-by-continent, chronological assessment of wars and battles all over the world. There will be 116 maps and numerous illustrations. The book is cross-referenced throughout.
Colonel R. Ernest and Trevor N. Dupuy, military historians of international repute, have, between them, written approximately fifty books and several hundred other published writings, mostly in thew field of military history or current military affairs. They have been assisted by a panel of scholars, each a specialist in a particular field. It is confidently felt that their authoritative, comprehensive and encyclopedic coverage of the events of military history (in which military operations, military theory, military organisations, and all respected aspects of military affairs are pulled together in one volume) fulfils the needs both of historians and of the rapidly expanding public for military history.