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Davis, Paul K. 1952-

Works: 14 works in 100 publications in 2 languages and 5,677 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Paul K Davis
Encyclopedia of invasions and conquests from ancient times to the present by Paul K Davis( Book )

24 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author presents approximately 140 invasions, arranged chronologically, with "a thorough review of each battle while examining the repercussions on infrastructure, tradition, language, and more."--Jacket
Besieged : an encyclopedia of great sieges from ancient times to the present by Paul K Davis( )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book details important sieges around the world, from Joshua's assault on Jericho in the fifteenth century B.C. to the Russian attack on the Chechen capital of Grozny at the end of the twentieth century
100 decisive battles : from ancient times to the present by Paul K Davis( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveys the one hundred most decisive battles in world history from the Battle of Megiddo in 1469 B.C. to Desert Storm, 1991
Encyclopedia of warrior peoples and fighting groups by Paul K Davis( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the origins and leadership of outstanding combat forces, chronicles their conquests and accomplishments, examines the circumstances surrounding their decline or disbanding, and assesses their influence on the groups and methods of warfare that followed
Encyclopedia of historical warrior peoples & modern fighting groups( )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ever since mankind began organizing military forces, some have excelled in their craft. This came about either by fortuitous circumstances, outstanding leadership, or specialized instruction or training. In some cases, entire societies were geared toward military excellence. It is these populations and units that are the focus of this work
Masters of the battlefield : great commanders from the classical age to the Napoleonic era by Paul K Davis( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 'Masters of the Battlefield, ' Paul K. Davis offers vivid portraits of fifteen legendary military leaders whose brilliance on and off the battlefield embody this maxim. Hailing from the earliest days of Greek warfare to France at the turn of the nineteenth century, these men stand out for their tactical abilities--generals who made a difference in combat, grasping the way an enemy would think or move and reacting not just to ensure victory, but do so in the face of superior forces. Among the leaders discussed in this encompassing work of military history are Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Scipio Africanus, Belisarius, Chinggis Khan, Oda Nobunaga, the Duke of Wellington, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Davis briefly explores the biography of each commander, considering how his upbringing, early experiences, and social and cultural background might have translated into his leadership abilities. Relying on vast research, Davis describes the nature of armies and warfare of the time, from the phalanx battle of Ancient Greece to the artillery-heavy Swedish army under Gustavus Adolphus. He also examines the course of the wars in which each general fought as a background to the particular battles that best illustrates their abilities, and discusses each battle in detail, aided extensively by detailed battlefield maps. Davis concludes each section with an analysis of the tactical skills and principles at which each general excelled. In analyzing these remarkable leaders, Davis offers a picture of warfare throughout history, and shows this history to be directed--and oftentimes wholly decided--by the abilities of a single man. 'Masters of the Battlefield' tells the stories of men who defined eras, reshaped nations, and who, through the introduction of new weapons and tactics, revolutionized the nature of warfare."--
Ends and means : the British Mesopotamian campaign and commission by Paul K Davis( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indian Expeditionary Force D landed at the head of the Persian Gulf on 7 November 1914 and quickly gained control of the area around Basra. Since the British army was already involved in drawn-out trench warfare in France, and the outlook there was far from bright, it seemed odd that the British government would commit troops to another campaign. The traditionally accepted rationale behind this move has been the protection of oil supplies used by the Royal Navy - but the campaign veered seriously away from its original intent. What followed was perhaps the finest example of blind political ambition in wartime. In April 1915, another division was added to Force D; and its new commander, General Sir John Nixon, arrived in Mesopotamia with orders to protect the oil supply, establish British control in the province of Basra, and prepare plans for a possible future offensive on Baghdad. The campaign against the Turks was a model of daring and sacrifice in the Middle Eastern desert. Successive victories encouraged the authorities in India to expand the campaign to aim at Baghdad. At this point the campaign was doomed to failure. The lack of direction, policy, and cooperation between Nixon, India, and London resulted in the total lack of a suitable logistic framework in Mesopotamia. An unwitting conspiracy of hesitant and uninformed leaders in London, greedy politicians in India, and aggressive "men on the spot" brought about the longest siege in British history and one of the great military disasters of this century. The appalling suffering and loss of the 6th Indian Division provoked such a public outcry in Britain that the government was obliged to institute a parliamentary investigation. The resulting Mesopotamia Commission rocked the nation and the government alike. This book probes the rationale behind the British interest in the Middle East, the invasion of Mesopotamia, the successes that drove the political aspirations higher, and the brilliance of the leadership and soldiery in contrast to the blindness of zealous politicians. It gives the most in-depth analysis of the Mesopotamia Commission anywhere and apportions blame where it is due and forgiveness where it is necessary. It is a story of soldiers at their best who were sacrificed for politics at its worst
Encyclopedia of Invasions & Conquests, Third Edition by Paul K Davis( )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Besieged : 100 great sieges from Jericho to Sarajevo by Paul K Davis( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using behavioral indicators to help detect potential violent acts : a review of the science base by Paul K Davis( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Government organizations have put substantial effort into detecting and thwarting terrorist and insurgent attacks by observing suspicious behaviors of individuals at transportation checkpoints and elsewhere. This report reviews the scientific literature relating to observable, individual-level behavioral indicators that might -- along with other information -- help detect potential violent attacks. The report focuses on new or nontraditional technologies and methods, most of which exploit (1) data on communication patterns, (2) "pattern-of-life" data, and/or (3) data relating to body movement and physiological state. To help officials set priorities for special attention and investment, the report proposes an analytic framework for discussion and evaluation; it also urges investment in cost-effectiveness analysis and more vigorous, routine, and sustained efforts to measure real-world effectiveness of methods. One cross-cutting conclusion is that methods for behavioral observation are typically not reliable enough to stand alone; success in detection will depend on information fusion across types of behaviors and time. How to accomplish such fusion is understudied. Finally, because many aspects of using behavioral observations are highly controversial, both scientifically and because of privacy and civil-liberties concerns, the report sharpens the underlying perspectives and suggests ways to resolve some of the controversy while significantly mitigating problems that definitely exist
The encyclopedia of invasions and conquests from ancient times to the present( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This authoritative, well-organized, clearly written volume will prove invaluable for a variety of readers, including high school students, military historians, members of the armed forces, history buffs, and hobbyists, and will be a useful resource for both university and public library reference collections
Encyclopedia of Invasions & Conquests( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This edition of Encyclopedia of Invasions & Conquests is a comprehensive guide to over 150 invasions, conquests, battles and occupations, from the ancient times to the present. Throughout history, invasions and conquests have played a remarkable role in s
Le cento battaglie che hanno cambiato la storia : dalla battaglia di Salamina alla Guerra del Golfo, passando per Waterloo e l'attacco a Pearl Harbor by Paul K Davis( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in Italian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

100 decisive battles : from ancient times to the present by Paul K Davis( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From the ancient Egyptian battle at Megiddo in 1469 B.C. to the recent military actions in Iraq, great battles have had an enormous impact on the shaping of history ... One hundred of the world's most important military confrontations are described in detail. [This book] gives the facts about each battle and explains where it fits in the scope of world history ... [It] is for military buffs and anyone interested in how the modern world came to be.-Back cover
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Besieged : an encyclopedia of great sieges from ancient times to the present
Besieged : an encyclopedia of great sieges from ancient times to the present100 decisive battles : from ancient times to the presentEncyclopedia of warrior peoples and fighting groupsBesieged : 100 great sieges from Jericho to Sarajevo
Alternative Names
Paul K. Davis Amerikaans historicus

Paul K. Davis amerikansk historikar

Paul K. Davis amerikansk historiker

Paul K. Davis historiador americano

Paul K. Davis Militärhistoriker

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