Fifteen Decisive Battles of the Western World: From Marathon to Waterloo

Edward Shepherd Creasy Erik Yesson

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Fifteen Decisive Battles of the Western World From Marathon to Waterloo Book by Edward Shepherd Creasy

  • Title: Fifteen Decisive Battles of the Western World: From Marathon to Waterloo
  • Author: Edward Shepherd Creasy Erik Yesson
  • ISBN: 9780760754955
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book by Edward Shepherd Creasy

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    1. Marijan on said:

      IMHO, the only proper way to read this book is to consider it not only a historical book, but a historical document itself. being written in 1851, three years after a string of revolutions shook Europe, and when napoleonic wars still were in memory of living people, it reflects the opinions of it's age and time. Even choice of battles (never mind the Marathon, or Chalons, which is not that surprising, but there are Athenian expedition to Sicily, Metaurus, Teutoburg forest, Poltava) reflects this [...]

    2. Chris Bumpas on said:

      Couldn't get through the end. It slowly got more and more boring and life is too short to read boring books.

    3. Josh Hamacher on said:

      Edward Creasy was a 19th-century historian who is best known, it would seem, for this volume. It contains accounts of fifteen battles that he felt were crucial to the development of European culture.I don't mind the euro-centrism; that's typical of the era in which it was written. What I do mind is his long-winded delivery. There are times, when I'm into the second page of a single paragraph, that I couldn't help thinking "just get to the point already".There's a lot to recommend this book in te [...]

    4. Dave H on said:

      What I most enjoyed about this book was just how gloriously unfashionable it is. Creasy is all about his great men, clashes of civilization and individual deeds of valour shaping the course of history. Given the tendency in modern historical scholarship to focus on development, downplay difference and focus on ‘outsider’ stories (didn’t you know a bi-curious, one armed Inuit dwarf accompanied Colombus on his voyage of discovery?), this was a blast of fresh air. Of course Creasy’s choice [...]

    5. Rose on said:

      I inherited this book from a family friend. It starts with the Battle of Marathon between the early Greeks and moves up through to the Battle of Waterloo. The biggest insight for the whole book is how people make the difference in every single conflict; it comes out over and over again that crucial decisions by people are what win wars. My favorites were the Battle of Hasting and the Roman's defeat by Arminius. The language can be a little difficult for modern readers, but it's well worth the ef [...]

    6. Sudeeksha Maheshwarappa on said:

      Loved reading this book, specially the strategy parts of the battles.

    7. Adam Windsor on said:

      Creasy's selection of battles strongly reflects his European heritage, and any prospective reader should go in well-warned that his text also strongly reflects the prejudices of a wealthy Victorian, with frequent glowing remarks about the mission of the Anglo-Saxon race.Are the military and political insights worth stomaching the racism? Eh, not really, I'd say. He does better with the political - that is, the establishment of the situation leading up to the battle, and the reasons why he consid [...]

    8. Kevin Wolters on said:

      Good ReadI gave this book four stars because it was interesting and detail oriented. I wish each battle ward accompanied with maps and/or pictures.

    9. Perry Whitford on said:

      In his preface to this quixotic attempt to label the fifteen most 'decisive' battles in history up to the time of writing in 1850, Creasey announces himself loud and proud as a classically educated Victorian, asserting with brazen chauvanism how the battle of Marathon "confirmed the superiority of European free states over Oriental despotism", then ultimately crediting all that happens in love and war to "the design of The Designer". The point about Marathon is subsequently echoed twice more in [...]

    10. todd on said:

      The 1851 British-centric perspective is the biggest challenge to the modern reader, but Creasy makes a convincing case for why these 15 battles ranging from early Greece to the battle of Waterloo were critical junctions where history could have taken a decidedly different turn. My own gaps in world history were clearly evident as I learned more of previously understudied conflicts.As the battles moved closer to Creasy's own time, he imparted a more personal view of their importance. When the Duk [...]

    11. Matt on said:

      An interesting research book, the author, writing from the nineteenth century, builds a case for the arrangement of modern society based on specific battles leading up to Waterlook. It's quite Western-centric, implying, for instance, that were Athens to have won its fight against a rogue city-state that Roman culture would have remained subjugated beneath Greek, thus eliminating the possibility of a Mediterranean-spanning culture, thus preventing the rise of Christianity and its spread to the Ge [...]

    12. Charlesvan Buren on said:

      One of the great books, August 21, 2016Verified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: from Marathon to Waterloo (Kindle Edition)This is one of the great books of the world. Educated people should at least be familiar with it, even if just in summary. Anyone interested in military history and the history of the west should read it.I found a copy in our high school library and was fascinated with it. Creasy is a great writer, explaining the battles [...]

    13. Rudyard Lynch on said:

      You will like this book if you like-Victorian literature, Classics, Rome and Greece, 18th century balance of power warsThis book is a from a different age. This will likely be tough for many modern readers to read with it's Europe and Anglo centrism and with the views of the time. I'm personally fine with this, when the author was writing this the British Empire ruled the world and the closest thing the non European world could have to compete with Europe was the Ottoman Empire (which was called [...]

    14. Chris on said:

      An interesting account of important battles that illustrates how Western civilisation has evolved. I felt at times the detail was overwhelming for me, but nevertheless I learned a huge amount.I agree there is a strong Western focus written by a British colonial partisan, but I don't think the author can be criticised for this. If anything it makes the read more interesting, to get a feel for how people felt about the shape of the world in the 19th century. Any history book contains biases, part [...]

    15. John on said:

      Creasy makes interesting choices that could be debated. He is somewhat uneven in the coverage and description of the battles, a fact probably largely influenced by the historical record. And he provides interesting commentary that connects each succeeding era making this in effect a brief world history anchored by these battles. Several reviewers have attacked the book for being Eurocentric, omitting unidentified decisive battles from other cultures. However, the premise is 15 battles that were [...]

    16. Bryan on said:

      I like reading historical books about history, because historiography, the study of the development of history as a science, is lulzy. This one is from the 1850s. It's well written, but the hilarious if uncomfortable payoff is all the passages about how this or that battle represents the triumph of the white race (or Anglo-Saxons, or the English specifically) over the marauding Asiatics. Also amusing is the frequent comparison of historical situations to the then-modern triumph of Englishness in [...]

    17. Thomas on said:

      Wordy, out of date and full of colonial glamour, superiority and patriotism, but somehow very interesting. Not only does it give some good insights into big historical events I hadn't considered (the switch to European superiority - as a accepted world view - after the Persian's defeat by Greece, the Germanic tribes victory over Rome, the reprecussions of the English defeat half way up the Hudson by the Americans) but it is also an interesting insight into the awful prescribed colonial position [...]

    18. Adhoc on said:

      History with an English imperialist slant. Creasy does go on and on beating about the bush sometimes simply to make a point about the greatness or righteousness of the British empire. He does seem to speculate quite a bit about events and how historical figures must have thought or felt. I think this book is more entertainment than history. BTW the quotes in Latin without translation were irritating but i guess that anyone reading this in the 1850s understood Latin.

    19. Justin on said:

      You can tell a Victorian Englishman wrote this book because he interjects comments with that worldview: that the British Empire is the best, the sun will never set on it, and that it is the ultimate guardian of western civilization. In the 21st century, we might laugh, we may criticize that view, but remember that the author was writing in the 1850s. The fifteen battles he chose were significant both militarily and politically.

    20. Curtiss on said:

      A literate and readable narrative of fifteen decisive battles which the author feels were crucial to the development of the Western World. Each description is livened up with intriguing annecdotes that lend atmosphere and authenticity, such as the story of how Hannibal's first knowledge of his brother Hasdrubal's arrival in Italy came when the Roman Consul Nero had Hasdrubal's gory head flung into Hannibal's camp after defeating Hasdrubal's forces at the Battle of Metaurus.

    21. Gary Gregory on said:

      The best compilation of historic battles ever written. I have an edition from the 1800's that goes with me everywhere. More than just history, this book can be interpreted as philosophy in life and business. Prepare well, know your enemy, don't run to your enemy-let him come to you. There are so many lessons to be learned in this book. These lessons have timeless application to almost any endeavor.

    22. Rick Brindle on said:

      Well, finally worked through this one, and it was hard going. As some other reviewers have said, I felt like saying to the author, get on with it. A bit of a laboured read, but having said that, it was written in the 19th century, so is hard to judge previous writing by today's methods. In all then, hard to work through, but still brings up each battle as a point for discussion, and has taught me a bit more about the world.

    23. Pepijn on said:

      " ça n'est pas ce qu'on fait qui compte, c'est l'histoire, la façan dont on l' raconte, pour se faire valoir " (Yves Duteuil)I have read chapter 5: Victory of Arminius over the Roman legions under Varus, A.D. 9This book is written in 1851 in a period of nationalism. Creasy has a lot more sympathy for Arminius than for the Romans. It's very interesting to compare the way of history writing in nationalism with now!

    24. Dmclayton5 on said:

      While the language is masterful and articulate and the accounts of the battles very thorough, English imperialist bias seeps through the good qualities of this piece of history. Other than this major black spot, the author does provide a great overview of the battles and how they changed the course of world history.

    25. Rushevents on said:

      This book was a very interesting view from the world of the late 19th century. While this is a historical text it has enough stroy lines to keep it interesting. If you ever wonder how the western world got that way this book is a good source to educate yourself with.

    26. Parikshit Lale on said:

      Creasy does a great job in creating a string of 15 landmarks that got western europe to 18th century. The title might well been fifteen decisive battles of west ! Apart from that . an obvious "Anglical" bias in many later battles can be disconcerting, however, an east to read treatsie.

    27. A.j. Dibernardo on said:

      A great book that highlights many of the great battles, but as is said in the preface Mr. Creasy has a very Western approach to his opinions and they play all to greatly when he chose the Fifteen battles in his mind.

    28. James on said:

      Finally finished. the choice of the 15 battles is justified by the author and his links between these major events is good. I did find his use of latin at key points a problem.Well written but at times very dry.

    29. Richard Lucas on said:

      Excellent reading for anyone interested in wars that shaped the world as we now know it.This book is an excellent source for learning the way wars have shaped political entities.A very good read from cover to cover.

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