War is a way to achieve the goals of a country by force. The history of warfare is very long but the modern warfare was by invention of gun powder. With the passage of time the states are using different modern weapons to genuflect their enemies. In the past following longest or bloodiest wars have been fought in order to get the superiority in the community of nations.

The Hundred Years’ War (1337 to 1453) was a prolonged conflict between two royal houses for the French throne, vacant with the extinction of the senior Capetian line of French kings. The two primary contenders were the House of Valois, and the House of Plantagenet.  The conflict lasted 116 years from 1337 to 1453. The war was punctuated by several brief periods of peace, and two lengthy periods of peace, before it finally ended in the expulsion of the Plantagenets from France. Subtracting the two long periods of peace from 1360–69 and 1389–1415, the war was fought for about 81 years.
The Wars of the Roses(1455–1487) were a series of dynastic civil wars fought in England between supporters of the Houses of Lancaster and York. Although armed clashes had occurred previously between supporters of Lancastrian King Henry VI and Richard, Duke of York, head of the rival House of York, the first open fighting broke out in 1455 and resumed more violently in 1459. Henry was captured and Richard became Protector of England, but was dissuaded from claiming the throne. Inspired by Henry’s Queen, Margaret of Anjou, the Lancastrians resumed the conflict, and Richard was killed in battle at the end of 1460. His eldest son was proclaimed King Edward IV after a crushing victory at the Battle of Towton early in 1461.
The Thirty Years’ War (1618 –1648) was a religious war fought over a thirty-year time period from 1618 to 1648, involving most of the major European powers. It mainly took place in the territory of Germany. Beginning as a religious conflict between Protestants and Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire, it gradually developed into a general war involving much of Europe, for for reasons not necessarily related to religion.
The Peloponnesian War (264 to 241 BC) (431–404 BC) was an Ancient Greek military conflict, fought by Athens and its empire against the Peloponnesian League, led by Sparta. Historians have traditionally divided the war into three phases. This period of the war was concluded in 421 BC, with the signing of the Peace of Nicias or nician ancestry.
The First Punic War (264 to 241 BC) was the first of three major wars fought between Carthage and the Roman Republic. For 23 years, the two powers struggled for supremacy in the western Mediterranean Sea. Carthage was located in what is today Tunisia. Africa was the dominant Western Mediterranean power at the beginning of the conflicts. Eventually, Rome emerged as the victor.
The Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) involved Napoleon’s French Empire and a shifting set of European allies and opposing coalitions. As a continuation of the wars sparked by the French Revolution of 1789, they revolutionized European armies and played out on an unprecedented scale, mainly due to the application of modern mass conscription. Nepolean was defeated in the end and it was the complete military defeat.
The Greco-Persian Wars (499-448) were a series of conflicts between several Greek city-states and the Persian Empire that started in 499 BC and lasted until 448 BC. The expression “Persian Wars” usually refers to both Persian invasions of the Greek mainland in 490 BC and in 480-479 BC; in both cases, the allied Greeks successfully repelled the invasions.
The Great Northern War (1700-1721) was fought between Russia and Sweden for supremacy in the Baltic Sea. Initially, Russia joined the coalition in the war with Denmark and Saxon. The war began as a coordinated attack on Sweden by the coalition in 1700 and ended in 1721 with the Treaty of Nystad and other Stockholm treaties.
The Vietnam War(1959-1975), also known as the Second Indo-china War, occurred from 1959 to April 30, 1975. The war was fought between the communist Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), supported by its communist allies, and the US-supported Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). The United States and South Vietnam also conducted clandestine operations throughout the war using special operations units and Central Intelligence Agency operatives. The US supported South Vietnam suffered a defeat in the end.
The Second Punic War(218-201 BC) (referred to as “The War Against Hannibal” by the Romans) lasted from 218 to 201 BC and involved combatants in the western and eastern Mediterranean. It was the second of three major wars between Carthage and the Roman Republic. They are called the “Punic Wars” because Rome’s name for Carthaginians was Punic.
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