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The Punic Wars: Rome, Carthage, and the Struggle for the Mediterranean
The Punic Wars triggered an era of astonishing human misfortune. Resulting from a mighty power struggle between the military confederation of Rome and the trading empire of Carthage between 264--241 B.C., 218--201 B.C., and 149--146 b.c., the wars were fought over a period of 118 years. Massive man-made devastation on both sides left RB.C.ome’s population radically deplete ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Thomas Dunne Books
(first published September 15th 1990)
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This book was the first of two works by Sir Nigel Bagnall, who had been a field marshal in the British Army to which this book is dedicated. I had reviewed his later work, The Peloponnesian War: Athens, Sparta, and the Struggle for Greece, a short time ago. I was not a big fan of the other piece of history that this writer produced but I really liked this book. The Punic Wars is an incredible tale of two great civilizations that went on a collision course against each other that would result wit ...more
As far as second careers go, there are worse things for a career military man to do than write histories of two of the most famous conflicts in ancient history. Retired UK Field Marshal Nigel Bagnall first of these, in order of writing if not in order of historic occurrence, is his fine history of the Punic Wars, the long (the first two anyway) and bloody conflicts that saw Carthage's extermination and Rome's ascendancy as the paramount central and western Mediterranean power.
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This book by Nigel Bagnall, a Field Marshal in the British Army, is one of the best books I have ever read covering Ancient military history. This book introduced me to the lifes and times of such great leaders as Hamilcar Barca, Hannibal and Scipio Africanus to name a few. The author presents a well researched account of the military struggle between Rome and Carthage and does it so well that the book is a joy to read. The book covers the First Punic War, 264-242 BC, the period between the wars ...more
I usually don't like military history but Bagnall shows enough of the cultural and political history to put it into context. I thought he did a very good job of showing how and why the wars started as well as lessons to be learned (whether you agree or not).