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In Focus Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Your Personal Guide

In Focus Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Your Personal Guide

Author: Marlene Houghton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2021

In Focus Essential Oils & Aromatherapy is your quick guide to the qualities and healing effects of every major essential oil, including recipes for beauty, home, and health applications. Included inside the back cover is a beautifully illustrated 18 x 24-inch wall chart containing a summary of the major essential oils, their characteristics, and their healing properties. Essential oils have been used for centuries and across many cultures in holistic remedies for all types of common ailments. Extracted from flowers, seeds, plants, and trees, natural oils are applied either topically or aromatically to give healing effects. This artfully designed guide gives you easy access to the information you need to use them effectively. After a detailed summary of each major oil, recipes of specific oil blends for numerous treatments are presented, including helpful hints and tips. With practice, and with In Focus Essential Oils & Aromatherapy in hand, you will be able to understand and use essential oils for countless purposes, including: Headaches Runny nose Allergies Common colds Cooking Perfume Deodorizing Stain removal The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus Shamanism Your Personal Guide

In Focus Shamanism Your Personal Guide

Author: Tracie Long Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2021

Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition that serves to connect nature with all living creatures. Based on the ancient traditions and wisdom from around the world, including North and South America, Asia, and Europe, In Focus Shamanism teaches you how to create a spiritual practice to bring change, healing, and transformation to your life using updated and modernized shamanic traditions that include: Making a journey to another realm and vision quests Drum, dance, and dream trances Divination for individuals and community Working with medicine wheels and spirit animals Aligning yourself with nature This accessible and beautifully designed guide to shamanism includes a frameable poster of powerful spirit animals and their unique characteristics. The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus Sacred Geometry Your Personal Guide

In Focus Sacred Geometry Your Personal Guide

Author: Bernice Cockram Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2021

With In Focus Sacred Geometry, learn the fascinating history behind this ancient tradition as well as how to decipher the geometrical symbols, formulas, and patterns based on mathematical patterns. People have searched for the meaning behind mathematical patterns for thousands of years. At its core, sacred geometry seeks to find the universal patterns that are found and applied to the objects surrounding us, such as the designs found in temples, churches, mosques, monuments, art, architecture, and nature. Learn the fundamental principles behind: Interpreting the sacred symbolism and principles behind shapes Calculating numbers used in sacred geometry Applying the golden ratio and Fibonacci's Sequence to objects Translating symbolic and geometrical letters and alphabets This accessible and beautifully designed guide to sacred geometry includes a frameable poster of the main sacred geometrical shapes and their unique, innate arrangements. The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus Auras Your Personal Guide

In Focus Auras Your Personal Guide

Author: Joylina Goodings Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2021

Auras are layers of energy within our bodies that interact with each other to express our emotional, mental, psychical, and spiritual health. After a thorough introduction of how to read each aura and its unique healing properties, In Focus Auras gives exercises on how to harness the power of each field and direct these powerful energies to: Heal blocked chakras Extend your auras for others to feel it Feel and interpret the auras of other people Use auras to develop your senses and feelings Balance auras to affect your physical health This accessible and beautifully designed guide to auras includes a frameable poster that outlines the unique characteristics of each aura layer. The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus Numerology Your Personal Guide

In Focus Numerology Your Personal Guide

Author: Sasha Fenton Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2020

All numbers have an intrinsic energy, from the date of your birth to the number of your home. With In Focus Numerology, author Sasha Fenton gives the information you need to understand the significance of numbers in your life, including how to use them to forecast outcomes and take advantage of opportunities. Beautiful illustrations and a framable poster combined with expert information make this your go-to numerology guide. Topics covered include: History of numerology Predictive numerology A daily oracle that combines the planets and numbers to give an accurate daily reading An hourly oracle that is based on hours, days, and planets The Mystic Pyramid The Oracle of Napoleon Get your life in order and predict what may be awaiting you. The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus Reflexology Your Personal Guide

In Focus Reflexology Your Personal Guide

Author: Tina Chantrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2020

Author Tina Chantrey teaches everything you need to know about reflexology to get your life in balance and alleviate common health problems. Beautiful illustrations and a framable poster of key information combined with easy-to-follow instruction make this the perfect go-to reference. Combining multiple areas of bodywork, reflexology involves applying pressure to the hands and feet to produce beneficial changes in the body. The underlying principle behind reflexology is that there are reflex points on the feet and hands that are connected to organs and body parts by energy. When pressure is applied to these areas, energy blockages are removed and better health results. Learn reflexology to relieve: Back pain Previous injuries Insomnia Headaches and migraines Digestive disorders Arthritis Hormone imbalances The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus Space

In Focus Space

Author: Elizabeth Jenner, Maggie Chiang, Emma Jayne, Jessica Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Ten illustrators blast off into outer space to explore the mysteries of our solar system and the galaxies and stars beyond it. Learn about everything from the Big Bang to the Moon landing, find out what makes the day light and the night dark, and discover what it really takes to be an astronaut and what everyday life is like on the International Space Station. Open the super-size flaps and let your world expand...

In Focus: Polar Lands

In Focus: Polar Lands

Author: Kingfisher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

What is a glacier calf? Why don't polar bears hunt penguins? Which animals turn white in winter? In Focus:Polar Lands has the answers! In Focus is a cool, new information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary and index, plus front and end gatefold flaps on the cover.

In Focus Chakra Healing Your Personal Guide

In Focus Chakra Healing Your Personal Guide

Author: Roberta Vernon Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/05/2019

Become a more complete peaceful, spiritual, emotional, and physical individual with In Focus Chakra Healing. This essential guide provides in-depth summaries about each chakra, followed by expert advice from Roberta Vernon on how to identify and restore blocked, weak, or closed chakras through common holistic approaches, such as crystal healing, color healing, astrological healing, essential oils, and magic healing. Included inside the back cover is a beautifully illustrated 18 x 24-inch wall chart detailing the main characteristics of the major and minor chakras. Chakras are energy centers in our bodies that act as the seats of our internal functions, such as health, state of mind, and body functions, as well as our external environments, like alerting us when a place feels right for us or when it makes us feel uncomfortable. However, the six major chakras-base, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, brow, and crown-are many times blocked or misaligned, bringing about a host of negative ailments, feelings, and emotions. Thankfully, chakras can be corrected through various healing practices explained in this guide. Common ailments addressed: Overeating Digestive disorders Fatigue Allergies Emotional stress Physical stress Headaches The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus Reiki Your Personal Guide

In Focus Reiki Your Personal Guide

Author: Des Hynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/05/2019

With In Focus Reiki, join Reiki Master Des Hynes as he teaches the basics of this popular healing system and taps into your inner healer to understand how Reiki can be used to reduce stress, depression, anxiety, and physical pain in yourself and others. Included inside the back cover are seven beautifully illustrated guided meditation cards based on the five Reiki principles. Combined from the Japanese words Rei, meaning God's wisdom, universal life, or higher power and Ki, meaning life force or energy, Reiki is the healing practice of balancing our universal life energy around our bodies. Founded in the early twentieth century by Japanese Buddhist monk Mikao Usui with the underlying belief that our bodies have the natural ability to heal, reiki transfers healing energy by using the placement of hands to blocked areas. This artfully designed guide covers the full breadth of Reiki topics, including: Shoden: The first degree of Reiki study Okuden: The second degree of Reiki study Self-healing and the 21-day cleanse How to conduct a healing session on others The five Reiki principles and further degrees Chakras and channels Angels and spirit guides in Reiki The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus: Forests

In Focus: Forests

Author: Libby Walden Illustrator: Julie Colombet, Suzanne Washington, Irene Montano Format: Novelty book Release Date: 02/05/2019

Ten illustrators delve into the world's woodlands to explore the creatures, culture and conservation for our forested areas. This super-sized book draws back the canopy of the rainforest, wends its way through the fir trees and dives into the depths to uncover fascinating facts about our forests.

In Focus Tarot Your Personal Guide

In Focus Tarot Your Personal Guide

Author: Steven Bright Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

In Focus Tarot provides the essentials to quickly get you started practicing tarot card reading. Included inside the back cover is a beautifully illustrated 18 x 24-inch wall chart of the Major Arcana tarot cards to inspire and guide you each day. Tarot cards and readings have been used since the eighteenth century as a divination tool in seeking answers to past, present, and future events, in addition to guidance and support. Their popularity continues to this day. But how do you start? With In Focus Tarot, author and professional reader Steven Bright breaks down the essentials so you can start reading tarot cards right away. Bright first thoroughly explains each of the Major and Minor Arcanas, outlining for each card: The general meaning of the card The card interpreted as a situation The card interpreted as a person Questions to help you relate a card's message on a personal level Keywords that give quick and handy meanings for the card Meanings of the card if reversed Then learn how to put your knowledge to work using both traditional and newer tarot card placements (called tarot spreads). You'll also find professional tips and tricks to becoming a successful tarot reader. The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book holds reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, to give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus: Rocks and Fossils

In Focus: Rocks and Fossils

Author: Chris Oxlade Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

What is a meteorite? Why can you find seashell fossils on Mount Everest? What are gemstones made of? In Focus: Rocks and Fossils has the answers! In Focus is a cool information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary, and index.

In Focus: Big Beasts

In Focus: Big Beasts

Author: Barbara Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

Which animal is the biggest on the Earth? Where do the most big beasts live? Which big animal is the most dangerous in Africa? In Focus: Big Beasts has the answers! In Focus is a cool, information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary, and index.

In Focus Astrology Your Personal Guide

In Focus Astrology Your Personal Guide

Author: Sasha Fenton Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2018

In Focus Astrology provides all you need to know about the characteristics and workings of the zodiac signs, along with instructions on how to create your own astrology chart. Included inside the back cover is a beautifully illustrated 18 x 24-inch wall chart detailing the main characteristics of each astrological sign. Who is your perfect mate? A Capricorn, Libra, or Virgo? Why are you not getting along with your coworker, who is a Gemini? Why are you constantly making the same mistakes? In Focus Astrology will give you a deeper understanding of your own nature, as well as those closest to you-and, perhaps, those you should keep at arm's length. This artfully designed guide covers the full breadth of astrology topics, including: The signs of the zodiac The sun and moon signs The astrological houses The planets The aspects Predictive techniques How astrology relates to your body and health The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject. Also available in the In Focus series: In Focus Crystals, In Focus Meditation, In Focus Palmistry, In Focus Tarot, In Focus Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, In Focus Chakra Healing, In Focus Reiki, In Focus Numerology, In Focus Reflexology, In Focus Auras, In Focus Sacred Geometry, and In Focus Shamanism.

In Focus Crystals Your Personal Guide

In Focus Crystals Your Personal Guide

Author: Bernice Cockram Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2018

In Focus Crystals describes over 100 crystals, from amethyst to zircon, complete with detailed summaries of their uses, qualities, and strengths, all expertly presented by crystal therapist Bernice Cockram. Included inside the back cover is a set of 7 double-sided grid cards that provide quick and easy reference to laying out crystals for healing, energizing, and more. Feeling creatively or spiritually blocked? Having trouble sleeping? Perhaps you are suffering from a physical ailment? Regardless of what may be plaguing you, the innate power within crystals can have tremendous healing effects. This artfully designed guide covers everything you need to know to benefit from their healing power, including how to: Work with crystal energy Select crystals from the various shapes available Cleanse crystals to clear away unwanted energy Use crystals for dowsing Work with chakras, auras, and the zodiac Set up crystal grids The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus Palmistry Your Personal Guide

In Focus Palmistry Your Personal Guide

Author: Roberta Vernon Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2018

From the life line to the heart line, In Focus Palmistry gives a comprehensive overview of what our hands are telling us. From analyzing palms, fingers, fingerprints, mounts, and nails, find the hidden strengths and weaknesses within yourself and others. Included inside the back cover is a beautifully illustrated 18 x 24-inch wall chart that gives the key elements about palmistry in one convenient reference. Can your hands unveil your future? Author Roberta Vernon explores this question in the introduction. Each chapter addresses a different aspect of palmistry, including: looking at hands; the life line; the head line; the heart line; the fate line; the Apollo line or sun line; marks, colors, and warts; and skin ridge patterns. With practice, and with In Focus Palmistry in hand, you will be able to decipher the following areas: Love and relationships Sexuality Money Business Career Aptitudes and talents Successes and failures Parents and in-laws Children Other people of influence Home and property matters Health Travel Pets The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book holds reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, to give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus Meditation Your Personal Guide

In Focus Meditation Your Personal Guide

Author: Jacqueline Towers Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2018

Author Jacqueline Towers expertly explains the history and multiple branches of the ancient practice of meditation, as well as explaining the necessary tools to extend your knowledge, make spiritual connections, and obtain spiritual protection-and to just relax. Included inside the back cover is a set of 7 beautifully illustrated reference cards that provide quick-and-easy guided meditations and mindfulness exercises. With our lives a hectic combination of running to and from work, planning events, fulfilling family responsibilities, and building personal relationships, we are on overdrive for the better part of each day. Add in the impossible task of keeping up in our social media lives, it's no wonder we are stressed out and yearning for spiritual meaning. In Focus Meditation begins with an introduction to meditation, followed by details about meditation equipment and the history of meditation. A wide breadth of meditation topics are covered: Spiritual guide and angelic Emotional or psychological Spirit and totem animals Mindfulness Visualization Reincarnation The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner's guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

In Focus: Intelligent Animals

In Focus: Intelligent Animals

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

How do you measure an animal's intelligence? Can animals learn a language? Which animals use tools? In Focus: Intelligent Animals has the answers! In Focus is a cool, new information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary, and index.

In Focus: Galapagos Islands

In Focus: Galapagos Islands

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

Where would you find the largest tortoise in the world? What is a blue-footed booby? Who discovered the Galapagos? In Focus: Galapagos Islands has the answers! In Focus is a cool information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary and index.

In Focus: Intelligent Animals

In Focus: Intelligent Animals

Author: Camilla de la Bedoyere Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/06/2018

In Focus: Intelligent Animals

In Focus: Intelligent Animals

Author: Camilla de la Bedoyere Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

In Focus: Tropical Lands

In Focus: Tropical Lands

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

Where is the hottest place on the Earth? Which animals love the hot weather? Where would you see a mirage? In Focus: Tropical Lands has the answers! In Focus is a cool, new information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary and index, plus front and end gatefold flaps on the cover.

In Focus: Reptiles

In Focus: Reptiles

Author: Barbara Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

Which amazing animal can change the color of its skin? Which terrifying creature is so big it was confused for a dragon? Which tricksy reptile pretends to be a toad? In Focus: Reptiles has the answers! In Focus is a cool, new information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary, and index plus front and end gatefold flaps on the cover.

In Focus: Space

In Focus: Space

Author: Raman Prinja Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Which moon in the solar system has more water than Earth? How are black holes made? What's our full address in the Universe? In Focus: Space by Raman Prinja has the answers! In Focus is a cool information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary, and index, plus front and end gatefold flaps on the cover.

In Focus: Bugs

In Focus: Bugs

Author: Kingfisher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Which creepy critters wear their skeleton outside of their body? Who breathes through their slimy skin? Which blood-sucking bug attacks at night? In Focus: Bugs has the answers! In Focus is a cool, new information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary and index, plus front and end gatefold flaps on the cover.

In Focus: Oceans and Seas

In Focus: Oceans and Seas

Author: Kingfisher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

What ocean animal dances every morning? Who plays with their food? Where can you find fish that light up? In Focus: Oceans and Seas has the answers! In Focus is a cool, new information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary and index, plus front and end gatefold flaps on the cover.

Genetics The Science of Genetics Revealed

Genetics The Science of Genetics Revealed

Author: Edwin Oxlade Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2010

This book includes explanations on: * Classical genetics * Totipotency * DNA * Genes and proteins * Bacterial genetics * Viruses and viral genetics * Genetics of higher organisms * Origin and maintenance * Population genetics * Genetic technology Market * All students of Biology, agriculture, horticulture, vermiculture, botany, zoology in colleges, agricultural colleges, horticultural colleges, students of vermiculture and universities * College and university central and department libraries * Teachers, tutors and lecturers * Public and reference libraries * General readers SUBJECT AREA Biology, agriculture, horticulture, vermiculture, botany, zoology

Trigonometry How Trigonometry Works

Trigonometry How Trigonometry Works

Author: Christine Tootill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2010

Who else wants to be able to understand trigonometry? This is an area of mathematics that can be confusing to students yet with a guiding hand it is easy to understand. Students who use this book will find it virtually impossible not to understand.The book utilises the Studymates approach of an overview per chapter and then material is broken down into bitesize chunks in the same way the BBC do it with their series for GCSE students. This is what makes this book special and an important addition to the ever growing and popular Studymates series.

Warfare How War Became Global

Warfare How War Became Global

Author: Robert Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2010

War is a persistent, recurrent and tragic part of human history. Anyone who visits the battlefields of the First World War cannot fail to be struck by the poignancy of the cemeteries there. Row after row of white headstones, set in immaculate order, stand silent amongst the peaceful hedgerows and fields of France and Flanders. Walking beside them, one can read the names of individuals where they are known. Often it is the ages, some just 19 years old, which strike home, reminding us that wars are fought by the younger generation, and sadly they are called to make the ultimate sacrifice when their life has barely begun. As the title suggests, this book is concerned with the changes that took place in warfare, and, as such, a certain emphasis will be placed on 'turning points' in organisation, technology, leadership, or in operations. The aim of this book is to be an introduction to an enormous subject. Military history is a vast topic, and its study should be set within the context of the history of the period in question, and, in particular the question of its political purpose. Only by these means can a full appreciation of the military narrative be grasped. For example, the political upheavals of the French revolution set in motion the revolutionary wars, and these, in turn, assisted the career of Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon was as much a political animal as he was a military leader, and his strategic decision-making reflected his political aspirations to dominate Europe and suppress his rivals. This book will enable you to get straight to the main features of this subject. It will also help you to avoid the common pitfalls that have plagued histories of war for years, particularly the assumption that warfare followed a linear trend of development or that it was driven solely by changes in technology. Given that war is a global phenomenon, this book also draws on some examples of warfare outside of the West (Europe and North America), and show influences between different modes of warfare. These examples also help to illustrate why certain tactics, especially in colonial warfare, survived amongst European forces long after their obsolescence in the west. Compared with earlier epochs of history, the period between 1792 and 1918 was an era of rapid change in warfare. Weapons, tactics, and training were adapted to suit developments in gunpowder technology, but the professionalism of armies also reflected the modernisation of the European states. In the eighteenth century, the art of war had reached a sophisticated level. The co-ordination of infantry, cavalry and artillery on the battlefield and the adequate supply of food, ammunition and equipment had become something of a science. The preparation for war, and the maintenance of an army in the field also required organisation of state finances for pay and administration, recruitment strategies, engineers and technicians to construct cannon and fortifications, and industries to support boot making, saddlery, and the manufacture of munitions, gun carriages and ships. In analysing warfare, one can identify certain principles, and recognise patterns of war and change. However, there are many examples where innovation and change brought military disaster. This reminds us that there are limitations in analyses of military history. Indeed, military history has itself evolved and developed, incorporating a far greater range of issues now than merely weapons, commanders and orders of battle. That is why this book is so important.

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