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The Decisive Battles of World History

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Overview

<p>Examine the military encounters that most profoundly affected history in this sweeping course that spans from chariot battles in ancient Egypt to modern conflicts.</p>

Topics Covered:
  • 1: What Makes a Battle Decisive?
  • 2: 1274 B.C. Kadesh-Greatest Chariot Battle
  • 3: 479 B.C. Plataea-Greece Wins Freedom
  • 4: 331 B.C. Gaugamela-Alexander's Genius
  • 5: 197 B.C. Cynoscephalae-Legion vs. Phalanx
  • 6: 31 B.C. Actium-Birth of the Roman Empire
  • 7: 260-110 B.C. China-Struggles for Unification
  • 8: 636 Yarmouk & al-Qadisiyyah-Islam Triumphs
  • 9: 751 Talas & 1192 Tarain-Islam into Asia
  • 10: 1066 Hastings-William Conquers England
  • 11: 1087 Hattin-Crusader Desert Disaster
  • 12: 1260 Ain Jalut-Can the Mongols Be Stopped?
  • 13: 1410 Tannenberg-Cataclysm of Knights
  • 14: Frigidus, Badr, Diu-Obscure Turning Points
  • 15: 1521 Tenochtitlan-Aztecs vs. Conquistadors
  • 16: 1532 Cajamarca-Inca vs. Conquistadors
  • 17: 1526 & 1556 Panipat-Babur & Akbar in India
  • 18: 1571 Lepanto-Last Gasp of the Galleys
  • 19: 1592 Sacheon-Yi's Mighty Turtle Ships
  • 20: 1600 Sekigahara-Samurai Showdown
  • 21: 1683 Vienna-The Great Ottoman Siege
  • 22: 1709 Poltava-Sweden's Fall, Russia's Rise
  • 23: 1759 Quebec-Battle for North America
  • 24: 1776 Trenton-The Revolution's Darkest Hour
  • 25: 1805 Trafalgar-Nelson Thwarts Napoleon
  • 26: 1813 Leipzig-The Grand Coalition
  • 27: 1824 Ayacucho-South American Independence
  • 28: 1836 San Jacinto-Mexico's Big Loss
  • 29: 1862 Antietam-The Civil War's Bloodiest Day
  • 30: 1866 Koniggratz-Bismarck Molds Germany
  • 31: 1905 Tsushima-Japan Humiliates Russia
  • 32: 1914 Marne-Paris Is Saved
  • 33: 1939 Khalkin Gol-Sowing the Seeds of WWII
  • 34: 1942 Midway-Four Minutes Change Everything
  • 35: 1942 Stalingrad-Hitler's Ambitions Crushed
  • 36: Recent & Not-So-Decisive Decisive Battles

Taught by

Gregory S. Aldrete, Ph.D.

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