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U.S. Military History For Dummies
by John C. McManus

Want to know more about American military history? U.S. Military History For Dummies presents concise and revealing accounts of all of the nation’s armed conflicts from the French and Indian War to Iraq. It explains how the U.S. military is organized and how its branches operate, both independently and together.

This straightforward guide examines the causes for each of America’s wars and reveals how these conflicts have shaped the nation’s borders, society, politics, culture, and future. You’ll meet heroes, cowards, patriots, and traitors; relive great battles; and get a taste of what combat is really like, as you discover:

  • How the French/Indian war sowed the seeds of the Revolutionary War
  • Why America’s battle for independence didn’t end at Yorktown
  • Early U.S. wars against Indians, tax cheats, and pirates
  • The War of 1812: guaranteeing U.S. sovereignty
  • “Manifest Destiny” wars that stretched America from sea to shining sea
  • Why the American Civil War could not be avoided
  • The Spanish American War and the U.S. as an emerging global power
  • Why World War I failed to “make the world safe for democracy”
  • How World War II changed America’s role in the world
  • Korea and Vietnam: hot wars during the Cold War

Featuring important insights on technological, political, and social changes that transformed the way America fights its wars U.S. Military History For Dummies is your key to understanding the evolution of the most powerful military force in history.


Art History For Dummies
by Jesse Bryant Wilder

Art history is more than just a collection of dates and foreign-sounding names, obscure movements and arcane isms. Every age, for the last 50,000 years has left its unique imprint on the world, and from the first cave paintings to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, from the Byzantine mosaics of the Hagia Sophia, to the graffiti-inspired paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, art history tells the story of our evolving notions of who and what we are and our place in the universe.

Whether you’re an art enthusiast who’d like to know more about the history behind your favorite works and artists, or somebody who couldn’t tell a Titian and a De Kooning—but would like to—Art History For Dummies is for you. It takes you on a tour of thirty millennia of artistic expression, covering the artistic movements, major artists, and indispensable masterworks, and the world events and cultural trends that helped spawn them. With the help of stunning black-and-white photos throughout, and a sixteen-page gallery of color images, it covers:

  • The rise and fall of classical art in Greece and Rome
  • The differences between Renaissance art and Mannerism
  • How the industrial revolution spawned Romanticism
  • How and why Post-Impression branched off from Impressionism
  • Constructivism, Dadaism, Surrealism and other 20th century isms
  • What’s up with today’s eclectic art scene

Art History For Dummies is an unbeatable reference for anyone who wants to understand art in its historical context.


U.S. History For Dummies
by Steve Wiegand

Now revised — the easy-to-understand guide to the story of America

Want to better understand U.S. History? This friendly book serves as your tour guide through the important events of America’s past and present, introducing you to the people who helped to shape history. From pre-Columbus to the American Revolution, from Watergate to Iraq to Barack Obama, you’ll discover fascinating details that you won’t find in dry history texts!

  • They’re coming to America — explore early civilizations, meet Native Americans, and see how the development of the English colonies led to slavery and the American Revolution
  • From Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Lincoln — examine the contributions of great Americans as well as the discovery of gold, the birth of California, the Civil War, and Manifest Destiny

  • America grows up — be there during the conquering of the West, industrial development, and the invention of the light bulb and the telephone

  • The impact of the World Wars — understand the sweeping changes these epochal events brought to America and the rest of the world

  • The Cold War, Camelot, and Clinton — take a closer look at the Korean War and communism, the fabulous ’50s, JFK, Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate, Reaganomics, and the Clinton years

  • From the ’90s to now — witness the birth of the microchip, the impact of hanging chads in a presidential election, the largest terrorist attack on American soil, and the growing economic crisis

Open the book and find:

  • Ten important events that defined American culture
  • Interesting Americans, from presidents to gangsters to sports heroes

  • How America fought to win independence from England

  • Details about all the major wars and their long-term effects

  • Insight into the roots of slavery

  • Inventions that changed life for Americans

  • The impact of the atomic bomb

  • The Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence


European History for Dummies
by Seán Lang

A fun, informative guide to Europe’s past and present.

The history of Europe is rich, complex, vibrant, and at times violent; it has influenced many countries throughout the world and has itself been influenced by many countries. In the light-hearted European History For Dummies, historian Sean Lang explores the countries, conflicts, people, institutions, disasters, and triumphs that have helped shape modern-day Europe, packing in tons of facts alongside the fun. Chapters range from “Celts without Kilts” and “What a Way to Run a Republic!” to “I Capture Quite a Few Castles,” “Reformation Ruckus,” and “The War to End All Wars.”

Sean Lang, the author of British History For Dummies (0-7645-7021-8), is also a history lecturer, examiner, and writer.


Irish History For Dummies
by Mike Cronin

From Norman invaders, religious wars—and the struggle for independence—the fascinating, turbulent history of a tortured nation and its gifted people

When Shakespeare referred to England as a “jewel set in a silver sea,” he could just as well have been speaking of Ireland. Not only has its luminous green landscape been the backdrop for bloody Catholic/Protestant conflict and a devastating famine, Ireland’s great voices—like Joyce and Yeats—are now indelibly part of world literature. In Irish History For Dummies, readers will not only get a bird’s-eye view of key historical events (Ten Turning Points) but, also, a detailed, chapter-by-chapter timeline of Irish history beginning with the first Stone Age farmers to the recent rise and fall of the Celtic tiger economy.

In the informal, friendly For Dummies style, the book details historic highs like building an Irish Free State in the 1920s—and devastating lows (including the Troubles in the ’60s and ’70s), as well as key figures (like MP Charles Parnell and President Eamon de Valera) central to the cause of Irish nationalism. The book also details historic artifacts, offbeat places, and little-known facts key to the life of Ireland past and present.

  • Includes Ten Major Documents—including the Confession of St. Patrick, The Book of Kells, the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, and Ulysses
  • Lists Ten Things the Irish Have Given the World—including Irish coffee, U.S. Presidents, the submarine, shorthand writing, and the hypodermic syringe
  • Details Ten Great Irish Places to Visit—including Cobh, Irish National Stud and Museum, Giants Causeway, and Derry
  • Includes an online cheat sheet that gives readers a robust and expanded quick reference guide to relevant dates and historical figures
  • Includes a Who’s Who in Irish History section on dummies.com

With a light-hearted touch, this informative guide sheds light on how this ancient land has survived wars, invasions, uprisings, and emigration to forge a unique nation, renowned the world over for its superb literature, music, and indomitable spirit.


Canadian History for Dummies
by Will Ferguson

A wild ride through Canadian history, fully revised and updated!

This new edition of Canadian History For Dummies takes readers on a thrilling ride through Canadian history, from indigenous native cultures and early French and British settlements through Paul Martin’s shaky minority government. This timely update features all the latest, up-to-the-minute findings in historical and archeological research. In his trademark irreverent style, Will Ferguson celebrates Canada’s double-gold in hockey at the 2002 Olympics, investigates Jean Chrétien’s decision not to participate in the war in Iraq, and dissects the recent sponsorship scandal.


British History For Dummies
by Seán Lang

History is always a popular subject and British history has created some of the most lively and fascinating stories there are! Britain as we know it today has been shaped by centuries of political turmoil between state and church, as well as international conflicts, making its history a fascinating insight into how modern Britain has emerged.

For this special, hardback edition of British History For Dummies, we’ve added over 100 black and white and colour photos for an even more explosive experience of British history.

British History For Dummies Illustrated Edition:

  • British history is still a major topic of interest, emphasised by the continual TV coverage and documentaries
  • Inside you’ll find rip-roaring stories of power-mad kings, executions, invasions, high treason, global empire-building and forbidden love- not bad for a nation of stiff upper lips!
  • Includes fascinating information in the fun For Dummies style- from the Stone Age right through to modern day Britain and everything in between!
  • Provides the ultimate British history experience and the hardback format with over 100 illustrations make it the perfect gift for amateur historians

African American History For Dummies
by Ronda Racha Penrice

Understand the historical and cultural contributions of African Americans

Get to know the people, places, and events that shaped the African American experience

Want to better understand black history? This comprehensive, straight-forward guide traces the African American journey, from Africa and the slave trade through the Civil War, Jim Crow, and the new millennium. You’ll be an eyewitness to the pivotal events that impacted America’s past, present, and future – and meet the inspiring leaders who struggled to bring about change.

  • How Africans came to America
  • Black life before – and after – Civil Rights
  • How slaves fought to be free
  • The evolution of African American culture
  • Great accomplishments by black citizens
  • What it means to be black in America today

Twentieth Century History For Dummies
by Seán Lang

The 20th Century brought revolutionary changes to our world and our lives: the human population of the world tripled, space travel became reality, two world wars and a host of other conflicts were fought, and huge advances in science, technology and communication resulted in the globalised world we know today.

Enormous steps were made in wiping out widespread discrimination, from the women’s suffrage movement leading to women’s right to vote in western countries, to the civil rights movement in the US challenging racial segregation. The political landscape has provided lots of excitement, with charismatic and scandalous presidents in the White House, the first female prime minister in the UK, dictators working to various manifestoes across the world, the Middle East conflict and the changing balance of political and economic “superpowers”.

Technological advances have resulted in nigh on universal adoption and dependence on automobiles, computers, mobiles and other wireless technology. The exponential rate at which technology is evolving is one of the variables that make the twentieth century so fascinating.

All this and much, much more happened in a mere one hundred years – where did we find the time to do so much?! Twentieth Century History For Dummies tells all…


Australia’s Military History For Dummies
by David Horner

Created especially for the Australian customer!

The simple and easy way to get your mind around Australia’s military history

More people are visiting Gallipoli and walking the Kokoda Trail each year — now find out why. This complete guide helps you trace the story of Australia’s involvement in war, from the colonial conflicts with the Indigenous population, through the World Wars to peacekeeping initiatives in East Timor and the controversial conflict in Afghanistan.

  • Find out the origins of Australia’s military history — go all the way back to the arrival of the First Fleet and the conflicts with the Indigenous peoples

  • Learn about the heroism of the Anzacs — discover the origins of the legend of Gallipoli, and how the brass bungled the campaign

  • Discover the horrors of war — consider the suffering and huge losses on the Western Front

  • Recognise the successful battles of World Wars I and II — follow the Diggers’ exploits in Palestine and Syria, and at Tobruk and Alamein

  • Marvel at the grim jungle battles — track the Diggersthrough New Guinea, Borneo, Malaya and Vietnam between 1942 and 1972

  • Admire Australia’s efforts to repel possible invaders — learn how Australians defended their country against the Japanese during World War II

  • See how the Cold War heated up — witness the fight against communism in the Korean and Vietnam Wars

  • Appreciate the modern-day Australian Defence Force — acknowledge the courage of the men and women who protectus into the 21st century

Open the book and find:

  • New insights into the meaning of Anzac Day

  • Simple explanations of the structure of Australia’s military

  • Details of who fought whom, where, when and why

  • Stories of Australia’s great military fighters and leaders

  • Accounts of the iconic battles that established Australia’s reputation

  • Locations of Australia’s peacekeeping operations around the world

  • Ways in which war and conflict have shaped the nation

  • Reasons why Australia goes to war

Learn to:

  • Comprehend the impact of waron Australia

  • Appreciate the heroism at AnzacCove and other significant battlefields

  • Understand the controversies ofrecent conflicts, including in Vietnam and Iraq