On 5 October 1853, as the Ottoman Empire declared war on Russia, thereby starting the Crimean War, a new age in warfare began. This was the first war reported on by a civilian war correspondent, William Howard Russell of "The Times", whose dispatches from the front shocked a nation. It was also the first major conflict to be photographed, beginning the great tradition of war photojournalism which has chronicled all the world's battles and wars ever since. The Crimean War also saw the start of modern nursing, with the field hospital established by Florence Nightingale.To mark the 150th anniversary of the Crimean War, of William Russell's dispatches and of the first war photography, this title presents a visual history of war. From the Crimea, through the Franco-Prussian War, the Boer War, the First and Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands, Gulf War and the campaign in Afghanistan, all the world's major conflicts are presented, using pictures from the archives of "The Times". This collection is poignant, authoritative and shocking, chronicling a century and a half when the world has rarely been at peace and when the lenses of photographers have never ceased to capture the ferocity of war.