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The War List: War, Death, and Taxes

Marc De Santis | Published: February 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm
Taxes have led to warfare since ancient times

Military History - January 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: October 30, 2013 at 11:43 am
Readers' letters in the January 2014 issue of Military History sound off about W. Eugene Smith's iconic 1944 image of a U.S. Marine on Saipan, reasons for the fall of Rome, and the 1940 sinking of RMS Lancastria, Britain's worst maritime disaster.

Military History - November 2013 - Letters From Readers

Published: September 08, 2013 at 4:47 pm
Readers' letters in the November 2013 issue of Military History sound off about the fall of Rome, the 1983 invasion of Grenada, wartime newspaper headlines, the rules of war and the 1950 Battle of the Chosin Reservoir.

Book Review: The Plantagenets, by Dan Jones

HistoryNet Staff | Published: July 03, 2013 at 3:22 pm
In his new book The Plantagenets, Dan Jones relates the turbulent history of the medieval house that ruled England and much of France for more than 250 years.

Why Rome Fell

Richard A. Gabriel | Published: July 03, 2013 at 2:30 pm
The vast empire that reigned supreme for more than two millennia crumbled in just a few short centuries

Book Review: Invisible Armies, by Max Boot

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 01, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Invisible Armies, by author-historian Max Boot, is an authoritative and superbly written examination of the evolution of guerrilla warfare and its close cousin, terrorism.

Macedonian Sarissa: Spartan-Hunting Spear of Philip II

Jon Guttman | Published: February 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm
The sarissa formed the spines of the bristling Macedonian phalanx.

Billhook: Enemy Knights Proving Costly? Send Them the Bill

Jon Guttman | Published: September 07, 2012 at 2:04 pm
The billhook enabled a foot soldier to unseat a passing knight, slash at him or punch a hole through his armor.

MHQ Reviews: Anthony Everitt's Rise of Rome

Anthony Everitt | Published: August 07, 2012 at 3:16 pm
Around 390 BC, Gauls invaded Italy for the first time and sacked a Rome weakened by previous wars. In his new book The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire (Random House), Anthony Everitt—author of biographies of …

Book Review: The Roman Barbarian Wars, by Ludwig Dyck

HistoryNet Staff | Published: July 05, 2012 at 4:31 pm
Ludwig Dyck's book The Roman Barbarian Wars provides an in-depth look at Rome's early wars with tribal factions, an era that gave rise to the empire.

Game Review: Crusader Kings II, by Paradox Interactive

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 03, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Crusader Kings II, by Paradox Interactive, puts you in control of a medieval Christian dynasty between 1066 and 1453, challenging you to defend your borders, fill your coffers and consolidate power.

Book Review: Lost Legion Rediscovered, by Donald O'Reilly

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 01, 2012 at 8:28 pm
In Lost Legion Rediscovered author Donald O'Reilly considers the facts behind the legend of Rome's mythic Theban Legend.

Fighting Words: Of Moats and the Middle Ages

Christine Ammer | Published: February 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm
MHQ lexicographer Christine Ammer highlights terms coined during the Middle Ages

Interview with Archaeologist Charles Stanish

Published: January 06, 2012 at 10:08 pm
Charles Stanish, UCLA archaeologist and professor of anthropology, discusses war and formation of the earliest states.

Book Review: Rome and the Sword, by Simon James

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 08, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Simon James looks at Roman history from the perspective of the common soldiers, provincial residents and conquered peoples.

Daisho: Mystical Blades of the Japanese Samurai

Jon Guttman | Published: November 04, 2011 at 5:39 pm
A samurai's daisho comprised the long katana fighting sword and the shorter wakizashi for close combat or, if need be, ritual suicide.
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