A Global Chronology of Conflict
From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East [6 volumes]
by Spencer C. Tucker, Editor
December 2009, 2777pp, 8 1/2x11
6 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-85109-667-1
$457, £352, 398€, A627
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From the heroic stand of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae and the brutally efficient conquests of Genghis Khan’s Mongol hordes, to the rain of arrows at Agincourt and the blood-stained hills around Gettysburg, this compelling work chronicles the history of conflict in all its guts and glory.

This monumental six-volume resource offers engaging entries of major diplomatic, military, and political events driving world conflicts from ancient times to the present.

Now from ABC-CLIO, long regarded as a premier publisher of military history, comes a monumental resource that encapsulates the entire scope of conflict among human societies. Spanning nearly five millennia, from the earliest documented fighting to the present, A Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East, provides a comprehensive survey of major military events. With coverage that reaches beyond the battles, this work examines the political and diplomatic forces driving world conflicts, revolutions, forced changes of governments, international treaties, and acts of aggression and terrorism.

Written by acclaimed military historian Spencer C. Tucker, these six chronologically organized volumes offer an accessible, richly detailed timeline of military conflict across human history. The concise entries cover all important events on the battlefield and in the corridors of power, with special features highlighting hundreds of key leaders and weapon systems. From specific data on casualties to coverage of evolving weapons technology to insightful analyses of the social impact of war, A Global Chronology of Conflict is an essential resource for students, researchers, history buffs, and general readers alike.


  • Hundreds of concise, chronologically organized entries on major wars, battles, political events, weapons technologies, and diplomatic initiatives
  • Essays at roughly 50-year intervals analyzing each era's defining developments in the evolution of warfare, including changes in tactics, weapons, and other technologies
  • Sidebars highlighting hundreds of key individuals in the history of military conflict as well as important developments in weapon systems
  • A comprehensive glossary of military terms to help readers understand the language of warfare and weapons
  • A rich illustration program of images, drawings, and maps
Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and was a Fulbright scholar in France. He was a U.S. Army captain and intelligence analyst in the Pentagon during the Vietnam War, then taught for 30 years at Texas Christian University before returning to his alma mater for six years as the holder of the John Biggs Chair of Military History. He retired from teaching in 2003 and is now senior fellow of military history at ABC-CLIO. Tucker has written or edited 36 books, including ABC-CLIO's award-winning The Encyclopedia of the Cold War and The Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.


"Thanks to the uniform structure, each volume in the set can stand on its own for the time period it covers...Broader in scope than other chronologies...Tucker's chronology cannot be the last word on conflict in the world, but it is by far the most definitive chronology through 2008."—Booklist, April 15, 2010

"...the encyclopedia offers an easy-to-read, richly detailed time line of military conflict across human history, covering key events on the battlefield and in the corridors of power....This should be considered an essential resource for students, researchers, history aficionados, and general readers. Recommended for school and undergraduate libraries."—Library Journal, April 1, 2010

"So much more than simple chronology of military history is provided here. . . . Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."—Choice, August 1, 2010

"...a remarkable feat...An excellent set."—School Library Journal, June 1, 2010

"It is difficult to contain my enthusiasm for this truly extraordinary, even magisterial work of scholarship, a veritable tour de force about which one can only speak in superlatives. This extraordinary six-volume epic work is truly a monumental achievement. Sui generis, this is one of the most, if not the most, comprehensive military history chronologies ever compiled known to this author. It is a remarkable achievement, unique and distinctive and awe-inspiring, an incredible compilation and assimiliation of material from disparate sources....Students of history and international affairs will relish this book...It is particularly recommended for libraries with extensive military history collections."—Reference & User Services Quarterly, September 1, 2010

"Both ABC-CLIO and Prof. Tucker have spent a great deal of time and care on this reference. The Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East offers readers a wealth of facts based on years of scholarship in a handsomely produced and visually attractive set. It should stand proudly on the shelf next to other standard military references as well as be seen as a complement to more broadly based chronologies like ABC-CLIO's Chronology of World History. In addition to being a solid choice for most academic libraries, this six-volume set is equally appropriate for larger public libraries where there is an interest in military history."—Against the Grain, November 1, 2010
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