The Roots and Consequences of Civil Wars and Revolutions
Conflicts That Changed World History
by Spencer C. Tucker
February 2017, 529pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4293-1
$110, £82, 95€, A149
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The impact of revolutions and civil wars decades or even centuries ago still reverberate and influence events in the 21st century.

This book treats 30 important civil wars and revolutions across the world, including Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East, covering a broad swath of recorded history from ancient times to the present.

Human history as a whole results from social changes, technological advances, and evolutions in thinking and religion—all of which often lead to wars and conflicts. Behind each major war are myriad interrelated causes. This book examines 30 of the most significant civil wars and revolutions in recorded history, from ancient times to the modern era, identifying the origins, consequences, and subtle impacts of many of these conflicts that are still being felt today.

A comprehensive overview essay as well as explanations of the causes and consequences of each conflict give readers the context needed to understand the importance of these seminal events. Additional learning tools include a detailed timeline that sets all of the key events in the conflict in the proper context, 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 to students looking to investigate any of the conflicts further.


  • Provides the reader with an informative, accessible account of important world revolutions and civil 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 important events related to that conflict as well as 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 students as well as general readers interested in historical subjects
Spencer C. Tucker 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 Publishing. He has written or edited 59 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.


"The conflicts it covers serve as a good introduction for group discussion for both students and general readers."—Booklist, May 4, 2017

"Tucker's work is best for undergraduate students of military history. . . . However, the summaries and time lines provide enough context for high school students or those curious about the subject."—Library Journal, July 1, 2017
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