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An authoritative and punctiliously readable quantity that might turn out precious for everybody from army historians to heritage buffs to these eager to understand the effect of battle at the borders and cultures of nations all over the world. The Encyclopedia of Invasions and Conquests, a finished consultant to 192 invasions, conquests, battles, occupations, and army leaders from precedent days to the current, takes readers on a trip that comes with the Roman conquest of england, the Portuguese colonization of Brazil, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. This enticing, lucid, conscientiously researched quantity offers an intensive assessment of every conflict whereas reading the repercussions on infrastructure, culture, language, and extra. a few entries conceal civilizations and cultures (Han Dynasty, the Huns, the Uzbeks), whereas others are dedicated to chosen ancient figures (Julius Caesar, Napoleon Buonaparte, Douglas MacArthur). each one bankruptcy offers a map to aid readers find key parts and geographical beneficial properties. different gains comprise cross-references, a cumulative bibliography, and a finished topic index.

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After a quick campaign against the Persian Mithradates VI, Caesar returned to Rome. Caesar did much to improve the lot of the Roman citizen. He established two colonies to drain off surplus population, and revived an old law requiring one-third of all agricultural laborers to become free men, cutting into the widespread use of slave labor long practiced by estate owners. He worked on codifying Roman law, opened the first public library in Rome, drained marshes around the city, and surveyed and mapped the empire.

His reign concentrated on consolidation of the empire rather than expansion—securing the borders of Roman Britain rather than conquering new lands—and he made use of the military to restore order in those parts of the empire with violent disaffection. The main effect of this emphasis on defense was three-quarters of a century of peace throughout the empire. Hadrian accomplished this goal in Britain by commissioning the construction of a wall 70 miles long, spanning the narrow neck of land between Solway Firth and the mouth of the Tyne.

Practical and useful inventions such as the well sweep, the vertical loom, and the composite bow, as well as the introduction of new religious and philosophical concepts, were Hyksos legacies. Until this time, Egypt was comparatively slow in its technological advancements in relation to the Middle Eastern civilizations. Egyptians were now able to learn of bronze working, the potter’s wheel, and the use of arsenic copper. The Hyksos also introduced humpbacked cattle and fruit crops, and taught the Egyptians new planting and harvesting skills.

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