The Twentieth Century: 100 Years Of War
The twentieth century was a period of unprecedented technological progress and a time of unparalleled destruction. It saw great powers rise and fall, ideologies clash, and two world wars fought. The dawn of the nuclear age raised the stakes even higher. Mankind had unlocked the secret to enormous power and that power threatened to destroy civilisation itself. Around 187 million people are believed to have been killed in the wars of the twentieth century. This book looks at six of the most important of these conflicts, from the first Russo-Japanese war of 1904 that saw Japan emerge as a great power through to the Soviet-Afghan War that heralded the collapse of the Soviet Union.