The Wars of Alexander the Great - Osprey 336–323 BC Author: Waldemar Heckel 96 pages - PDF - 15 mb
The age of Alexander and his conquest of the Persian or ‘Achaemenid’ Empire, which had existed for over two centuries, represents a watershed in the history of the world.
This book offers a fascinating insight into the achievements of one of the greatest generals ever known.
Alexander's conquests are of profound significance.
By perfecting the new weapons and tactics developed by his father, Philip II, and combining them with the use of specialist units and advancements in siege warfare, Alexander enabled the Macedonian kingdom to move beyond the restrictions of city-state armies and on to the stage of world conquest.
Background to war: The decline of the city-states and the rise of Macedon
Warring sides: The Persians, the Macedonians and allied troops
Outbreak: Alexander’s rise to power
The fighting: Alexander conquers an empire
Portrait of a soldier : Two generals and a satrap
The world around war: Rome, Carthage and India
Portrait of a civilian: A historian, athletes and courtesans
How the war ended: The death of Alexander
Conclusion and consequences: The struggle for succession
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