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Military history


Military history is the recording (in writing or otherwise) of the events in the history of humanity thatfall within the category of "conflict". This may range from a dispute between two tribes that come to blow over a plot of land,to a world war.

It differs somewhat from the history of war with military historyfocusing on the people and institutions of warmaking while the history of war focuses on the evolution of war itself in the faceof changing technology, governments, and geography.


Purpose of military history

Military history has a number of purposes. One main purpose is to learn to fight and prevent wars more effectively. Another isto create a sense of tradition which is used to create cohesive militaryforces.

Types of warfare

There are a number of ways to categorize warfare. One categorization is conventional versus unconventional, where "Conventional" warfare involves well-identified, armed soldiersfighting one another in a relatively open and straightforward way without weapons of mass destruction. "Unconventional" refers to other types of war which caninvolves guerrilla , insurgency ,and terrorist tactics or alternatively can include nuclear, chemical, orbiological warfare.

See also: asymmetrical warfare .

Military unit types by era



See also: Medieval warfare .


Classified by region

Classified by region and era

Reporting of military events

Miscellaneous military history

  • Equipment
  • Organisation
  • Strategy
  • Tactics
  • Training
  • Logistics
  • Military intelligence

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