4th ed., (BCA) 1993. Xxi + 1654 pp., photo-ills., ills., maps & plans. D.j., 21 x 16cm. FINE. This is a new, updated and revised version of a classic compendium of and reference guide to the military history of the world. Military History is not only the description of wars and combat operations in general, but also the concurrent growth of military arts – tactics, strategy, and weaponry. The book contains 22 chronologically arranged chapters that open with succinct essays summarizing the highlights of the period – outstanding leaders, unusual developments, tactical and strategic trends – and placing each major operation in its political and social perspective. Then each event and its effect on history are discussed in a vivid and concise manner. Also included are a continent-by-continent assessment of wars and battles and over 250 maps and illustrations.