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Recent & Not-So-Decisive Decisive Battles

Lecture no. 36 from the course: The Decisive Battles of World History

Recent & Not-So-Decisive Decisive Battles

Taught by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete | 39 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

In concluding the course, take a keen look at what may be some of the historically decisive battles of the six decades following World War II. Finally, consider two famous conflicts often thought to be among the most decisive of all time, and see how careful analysis casts doubt on that conclusion.

36 Lectures

1
Image of What Makes a Battle Decisive?
What Makes a Battle Decisive?
0 of 32 min
2
Image of 1274 B.C.  Kadesh—Greatest Chariot Battle
1274 B.C. Kadesh—Greatest Chariot Battle
0 of 32 min
3
Image of 479 B.C.  Plataea—Greece Wins Freedom
479 B.C. Plataea—Greece Wins Freedom
0 of 32 min
4
Image of 331 B.C.  Gaugamela—Alexander’s Genius
331 B.C. Gaugamela—Alexander’s Genius
0 of 33 min
5
Image of 197 B.C.  Cynoscephalae—Legion vs. Phalanx
197 B.C. Cynoscephalae—Legion vs. Phalanx
0 of 32 min
6
Image of 31 B.C.  Actium—Birth of the Roman Empire
31 B.C. Actium—Birth of the Roman Empire
0 of 30 min
7
Image of 260–110 B.C.  China—Struggles for Unification
260–110 B.C. China—Struggles for Unification
0 of 32 min
8
Image of 636  Yarmouk & al-Qadisiyyah—Islam Triumphs
636 Yarmouk & al-Qadisiyyah—Islam Triumphs
0 of 31 min
9
Image of 751  Talas & 1192 Tarain—Islam into Asia
751 Talas & 1192 Tarain—Islam into Asia
0 of 30 min
10
Image of 1066  Hastings—William Conquers England
1066 Hastings—William Conquers England
0 of 30 min
11
Image of 1087  Hattin—Crusader Desert Disaster
1087 Hattin—Crusader Desert Disaster
0 of 31 min
12
Image of 1260  Ain Jalut—Can the Mongols Be Stopped?
1260 Ain Jalut—Can the Mongols Be Stopped?
0 of 30 min
13
Image of 1410  Tannenberg—Cataclysm of Knights
1410 Tannenberg—Cataclysm of Knights
0 of 29 min
14
Image of Frigidus, Badr, Diu—Obscure Turning Points
Frigidus, Badr, Diu—Obscure Turning Points
0 of 29 min
15
Image of 1521  Tenochtitlán—Aztecs vs. Conquistadors
1521 Tenochtitlán—Aztecs vs. Conquistadors
0 of 30 min
16
Image of 1532  Cajamarca—Inca vs. Conquistadors
1532 Cajamarca—Inca vs. Conquistadors
0 of 30 min
17
Image of 1526 & 1556  Panipat—Babur & Akbar in India
1526 & 1556 Panipat—Babur & Akbar in India
0 of 31 min
18
Image of 1571  Lepanto—Last Gasp of the Galleys
1571 Lepanto—Last Gasp of the Galleys
0 of 31 min
19
Image of 1592  Sacheon—Yi’s Mighty Turtle Ships
1592 Sacheon—Yi’s Mighty Turtle Ships
0 of 29 min
20
Image of 1600  Sekigahara—Samurai Showdown
1600 Sekigahara—Samurai Showdown
0 of 30 min
21
Image of 1683  Vienna—The Great Ottoman Siege
1683 Vienna—The Great Ottoman Siege
0 of 30 min
22
Image of 1709  Poltava—Sweden’s Fall, Russia’s Rise
1709 Poltava—Sweden’s Fall, Russia’s Rise
0 of 30 min
23
Image of 1759  Quebec—Battle for North America
1759 Quebec—Battle for North America
0 of 29 min
24
Image of 1776  Trenton—The Revolution’s Darkest Hour
1776 Trenton—The Revolution’s Darkest Hour
0 of 29 min
25
Image of 1805  Trafalgar—Nelson Thwarts Napoleon
1805 Trafalgar—Nelson Thwarts Napoleon
0 of 30 min
26
Image of 1813  Leipzig—The Grand Coalition
1813 Leipzig—The Grand Coalition
0 of 31 min
27
Image of 1824  Ayacucho—South American Independence
1824 Ayacucho—South American Independence
0 of 31 min
28
Image of 1836  San Jacinto—Mexico’s Big Loss
1836 San Jacinto—Mexico’s Big Loss
0 of 29 min
29
Image of 1862  Antietam—The Civil War’s Bloodiest Day
1862 Antietam—The Civil War’s Bloodiest Day
0 of 30 min
30
Image of 1866  Königgrätz—Bismarck Molds Germany
1866 Königgrätz—Bismarck Molds Germany
0 of 30 min
31
Image of 1905  Tsushima—Japan Humiliates Russia
1905 Tsushima—Japan Humiliates Russia
0 of 30 min
32
Image of 1914  Marne—Paris Is Saved
1914 Marne—Paris Is Saved
0 of 28 min
33
Image of 1939  Khalkin Gol—Sowing the Seeds of WWII
1939 Khalkin Gol—Sowing the Seeds of WWII
0 of 31 min
34
Image of 1942  Midway—Four Minutes Change Everything
1942 Midway—Four Minutes Change Everything
0 of 30 min
35
Image of 1942 Stalingrad—Hitler’s Ambitions Crushed
1942 Stalingrad—Hitler’s Ambitions Crushed
0 of 30 min
36
Image of Recent & Not-So-Decisive Decisive Battles
Recent & Not-So-Decisive Decisive Battles
0 of 39 min

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