The Roots and Consequences of Independence Wars

Conflicts That Changed World History

by Spencer C. Tucker


The respective impacts of independence wars fought decades or even centuries ago still reverberate and influence events in the 21st century in ways often not realized.

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March 2018


Pages 422
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Military History/Conflict and Wars
  World History/Conflict

This book covers 26 independence wars that have irrevocably changed the world, beginning with the Maccabean Revolt against Rome (167–160 BCE) and ending with the Tamil War for Independence in Sri Lanka (1983–2009).

Throughout history, people longing for independence have fought wars to win their freedom. Some of these wars, such as the American Revolution and the Israeli War of Independence, were great successes. Others, such as the Jewish Revolt against the Roman Empire, were devastating failures. In some cases, most notably the Arab Revolt, the outcome had immense repercussions that are still felt today all over the world. This book examines 26 of the most significant independence wars, from ancient times to the modern era and identifies the origins and consequences of these key conflicts.

Comprehensive overview essays as well as explanations of the causes and consequences of each war give readers the background needed to understand the importance of these seminal events. Additional learning tools include detailed timelines that contextualize all of the key events in the conflict, maps of several of the key battles that help readers visualize the strategies of both sides, and a lengthy bibliography that offers a wealth of options for students looking to further investigate any of the conflicts.


  • Provides the reader with an informative, accessible account of important independence wars that have shaped our present world
  • Includes introductory essays that help readers understand the causes and effects of each war
  • Supplies a detailed chronology of each conflict that will help students place all of the related important events conflict in time, in addition to key images and maps that provide a visual component to historic conflicts
  • Presents detailed material in a straightforward, easily comprehensible manner that makes this resource ideal for all readers interested in history
Author Info

Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, retired in 2003 after 36 years of university teaching, the last six as holder of the John Biggs Chair in Military History at the Virginia Military Institute. He is currently Senior Fellow in Military History for ABC-CLIO. He has written or edited more than 60 books or encyclopedias treating military and naval history, a number of which have won important awards. Among his works is Wars That Changed History: 50 of the World's Greatest Conflicts.



"A methodical text applicable to advanced studies of comparative history, Tucker's reference work belongs in large public, high school, and college libraries that serves teachers, homeschoolers, historians, and researchers."Booklist

"Each conflict is divided into: the causes, the course, and the consequences. Sections also include a timeline, further readings, occasional maps or illustrations, and tables denoting battles and various information. All of these parts, taken as a whole, provide both the novice and the expert a wonderful resource."ARBA

"Conflicts such as these are far too often overlooked or lumped into specific wars, and rarely get attention in such stand-alone fashion. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries."Choice

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