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A History of the World in Twelve Maps

A History of the World in Twelve Maps

  • Author: Jerry Brotton
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 1846145708
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 544
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Jerry Brotton is the presenter of the acclaimed BBC4 series 'Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession'. Here he tells the story of our world through maps. Throughout history, maps have been fundamental in shaping our view of the world, and our place in it. But far from being purely scientific objects, world maps are unavoidably ideological and subjective, intimately bound up with the systems of power and authority of particular times and places. Mapmakers do not simply represent the world, they construct it out of the ideas of their age. In this scintillating book, Jerry Brotton examines the significance of 12 maps - from the mystical representations of ancient history to the satellite-derived imagery of today. He vividly recreates the environments and circumstances in which each of the maps was made, showing how each conveys a highly individual view of the world - whether the Jerusalem-centred Christian perspective of the 14th century Hereford Mappa Mundi or the Peters projection of the 1970s which aimed to give due weight to 'the third world'. Although the way we map our surroundings is once more changing dramatically, Brotton argues that maps today are no more definitive or objective than they have ever been - but that they continue to make arguments and propositions about the world, and to recreate, shape and mediate our view of it. Readers of this book will never look at a map in quite the same way again.

A History of the World

A History of the World

  • Author: Andrew Marr
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0230767532
  • Category: History
  • Page: 500
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Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today’s superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs. A History of the World is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For ‘the better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.’ Fresh, exciting and vividly readable, this is popular history at its very best.

Visions of the World

Visions of the World

A History of Maps

  • Author: Jeremy Black
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781840008340
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 176
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From before the age of printing to modern satellite imaging, Visions of the World tells the compelling story of the cartographers, explorers, and surveyors who have mapped our earth. It’s a fresh and beautifully illustrated book, not limited to the traditional Eurocentric view but also aware of different cultures across the globe. What it reveals is fascinating, because maps not only provide a glimpse of how societies view themselves in relation to the world, they also can be tools to distort knowledge, fool enemies, or build and administer empires. View the world through ancient eyes, in the wake of Columbus, during the age of empire, and through the heyday of commerce and imperialism—before examining the revolutions in our own time.

A History of the World from the 20th to the 21st Century

A History of the World from the 20th to the 21st Century

  • Author: John Ashley Soames Grenville
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780415289559
  • Category: History
  • Page: 995
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This second edition has been thoroughly updated and includes discussions on 9/11 and the second Gulf War, and takes into account the latest historical research. A comprehensive survey of the key events and personalities of this period throughout the world, it includes discussion on topics such as: the rivalry between European nations from 1900–1914 the Depression and the rise of Fascism during the 1920s and 1930s the global impact of the Cold War decolonization and its effects the continuing conflict in the Middle East. A History of the World provides a fascinating and authoritative account of the world since 1900, for general readers and students of world history alike.

The History of the World

The History of the World

  • Author: Alex Woolf
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
  • ISBN: 1788880218
  • Category: History
  • Page: N.A
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A clearly written, accessible and comprehensive text that tells the story of man's journey from the time of the first hominids to the present. Sections include: Ancient World, 10,000 to 500BC, Classical World, 500 BC to AD500, Medieval World, AD500 to 1500, Early Modern World, 1500-1783, 19th Century, the Modern World from 1914 to the first decade of the 21st century. This book tells the story of how we got to where we are today - through conflict and intrigue, power won and lost, and great empires built and destroyed.

Licht aus dem Osten

Licht aus dem Osten

Eine neue Geschichte der Welt

  • Author: Peter Frankopan
  • Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
  • ISBN: 3644122814
  • Category: History
  • Page: 944
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«‹Eine neue Geschichte der Welt› – dieses Buch verdient den Titel voll und ganz.» Peter Frankopan lehrt uns, die Geschichte neu zu sehen – indem er nicht Europa, sondern den Nahen und Mittleren Osten zum Ausgangspunkt macht. Hier entstanden die ersten Hochkulturen und alle drei monotheistischen Weltreligionen; ein Reichtum an Gütern, Kultur und Wissen, der das Alte Europa seit jeher sehnsüchtig nach Osten blicken ließ. Frankopan erzählt von Alexander dem Großen, der Babylon zur Hauptstadt seines neuen Weltreichs machen wollte; von Seide, Porzellan und Techniken wie der Papierherstellung, die über die Handelswege der Region Verbreitung fanden; vom Sklavenhandel mit der islamischen Welt, der Venedig im Mittelalter zum Aufstieg verhalf; von islamischen Gelehrten, die das antike Kulturerbe pflegten, lange bevor Europa die Renaissance erlebte; von der Erschließung der Rohstoffe im 19. Jahrhundert bis hin zum Nahostkonflikt. Schließlich erklärt Frankopan, warum sich die Weltpolitik noch heute in Staaten wie Syrien, Afghanistan und Irak entscheidet. Peter Frankopan schlägt einen weiten Bogen, und das nicht nur zeitlich: Er rückt zwei Welten zusammen, Orient und Okzident, die historisch viel enger miteinander verbunden sind, als wir glauben. Ein so fundiertes wie packend erzähltes Geschichtswerk, das wahrhaft die Augen öffnet.

A history of the world

A history of the world

  • Author: Marvin Perry
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
  • ISBN: 9780395427101
  • Category: History
  • Page: 912
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Eine Geschichte der Welt in 100 Objekten

Eine Geschichte der Welt in 100 Objekten

  • Author: Neil MacGregor
  • Publisher: C.H.Beck
  • ISBN: 3406621481
  • Category: History
  • Page: 816
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"In diesem Buch machen wir uns auf zu einer Reise zurück in die Vergangenheit und quer über den Globus, um zu erfahren, wie die Menschen in den letzten zwei Millionen Jahren unsere Welt geprägt haben und ihrerseits von ihr geprägt wurden. Diese Geschichte wird ausschließlich erzählt durch Dinge, die Menschen gemacht haben Objekete, die mit großer Sorgfalt hergestellt und dann entweder bewundert und bewahrt oder benutzt, beschädigt und weggeworfen wurden. Ich habe einfach hundert Objekte von verschiedenen Punkten unserer Reise ausgewählt die Bandbreite reicht vom Kochtopf bis zur goldenen Galeone, vom steinzeitlichen Werkzeug bis zur Kreditkarte." Neil MacGregor "Dieses Buch ist so schön, so klug und so richtungweisend, dass es eigentlich in jede Bibliothek gehört." Tim Sommer, art Das Kunstmagazin "MacGregors Geschichte der Welt in 100 Objekten ist eines der wundervollsten Sachbücher der letzten Jahrzehnte." Alexander Cammann, Literaturen "Diese Geschichten sollten nie aufhören." Elisabeth von Thadden, DIE ZEIT "Macht süchtig." Tilman Spreckelsen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

Ways of the World

Ways of the World

A History of the World's Roads and of the Vehicles That Used Them

  • Author: M. G. Lay,James E. Vance
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • ISBN: 9780813526911
  • Category: History
  • Page: 424
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This is the first comprehensive history of the world's roads, highways, bridges, and the people and vehicles that traverse them, from prehistoric times to the present. Encyclopedic in its scope, fascinating in its details, Ways of the World is a unique work for reference and browsing. Maxwell Lay considers the myriad aspects of roads and their users: the earliest pathways, the rise of wheeled vehicles and animals to pull them, the development of surfaced roads, the motives for road and bridge building, and the rise of cars and their influence on roads, cities, and society. The work is amply illustrated, well indexed and cross-referenced, and includes a chronology of road history and a full bibliography. It is indispensable for anyone interested in travel, history, geography, transportation, cars, or the history of technology.

Daniel 11

Daniel 11

A History of the World

  • Author: Michelle Lynn
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN: 1468542303
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 500
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About 2500 years ago Daniel, the Hebrew prophet, penned some incredible words. He wrote a history book in reverse, as it were. He was seeing forward through 'history' in the same way we look back through it. Quite an incredible claim, yet as is demonstrated in this book, a valid one. Regardless of your background or belief system (or lack of), you will be astounded at the perfect marriage of the 45 verses of Daniel 11 and the history of the world. This book is unique in concept and in form and will bring ease and clarity to the study of a difficult subject. It naturally begins at verse one of the chapter, focusing on the historical figure given, and then follows the text to each subsequent point in history. Reference materials are included to make study of the verse text simple.

A History of the World

A History of the World

From Prehistory to the 21st Century

  • Author: Jeremy Black
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
  • ISBN: 1789504473
  • Category: History
  • Page: N.A
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Throughout the ages, human beings have shown an astonishing capacity to adapt to their environments. Creating great cities, establishing remarkable civilizations, and developing new modes of communication, we have accomplished remarkable feats. At the same time, warfare, discrimination, and poverty reveal the darker side of human nature. From history's most remarkable men and women to bloody wars and genocides, this illustrated volume brings to life an incredible range of human experience over the millennia. Taking inspiration from the latest developments in historiography, Professor Jeremy Black sheds new light on our understanding of the past with a special emphasis on the environment, cities, science, politics, and the mechanics of everyday life. Covering the birth of agriculture in the Nile Valley, the development of empires in Mesopotamia, the fall of Rome, the advance of science in the Islamic world, the rise of international trade along the Silk Roads, and the conflagration of the world wars, among many other topics, A History of the World is an essential source of reference that is sure to both entertain and inform. A History of the World covers the key subjects of world history in eight comprehensive chapters: • Prehistoric Humans • The Ancient World • Classical Civilization • The Middle Ages • Renaissance and Enlightenment • Revolutions and Nationalism • The World at War • The Modern World

A History of the World on a New and Systematic Plan

A History of the World on a New and Systematic Plan

From the Earliest Times to the Treaty of Vienna ...

  • Author: Henry White
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 552
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A History of the End of the World

A History of the End of the World

How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization

  • Author: Jonathan Kirsch
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0061746835
  • Category: History
  • Page: 352
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"[The Book of] Revelation has served as a "language arsenal" in a great many of the social, cultural, and political conflicts in Western history. Again and again, Revelation has stirred some dangerous men and women to act out their own private apocalypses. Above all, the moral calculus of Revelation—the demonization of one's enemies, the sanctification of revenge taking, and the notion that history must end in catastrophe—can be detected in some of the worst atrocities and excesses of every age, including our own. For all of these reasons, the rest of us ignore the book of Revelation only at our impoverishment and, more to the point, at our own peril." The mysterious author of the Book of Revelation (or the Apocalypse, as the last book of the New Testament is also known) never considered that his sermon on the impending end times would last beyond his own life. In fact, he predicted that the destruction of the earth would be witnessed by his contemporaries. Yet Revelation not only outlived its creator; this vivid and violent revenge fantasy has played a significant role in the march of Western civilization. Ever since Revelation was first preached as the revealed word of Jesus Christ, it has haunted and inspired hearers and readers alike. The mark of the beast, the Antichrist, 666, the Whore of Babylon, Armageddon, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are just a few of the images, phrases, and codes that have burned their way into the fabric of our culture. The questions raised go straight to the heart of the human fear of death and obsession with the afterlife. Will we, individually or collectively, ride off to glory, or will we drown in hellfire for all eternity? As those who best manipulate this dark vision learned, which side we fall on is often a matter of life or death. Honed into a weapon in the ongoing culture wars between states, religions, and citizenry, Revelation has significantly altered the course of history. Kirsch, whom the Washington Post calls "a fine storyteller with a flair for rendering ancient tales relevant and appealing to modern audiences," delivers a far-ranging, entertaining, and shocking history of this scandalous book, which was nearly cut from the New Testament. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the Black Death, the Inquisition to the Protestant Reformation, the New World to the rise of the Religious Right, this chronicle of the use and abuse of the Book of Revelation tells the tale of the unfolding of history and the hopes, fears, dreams, and nightmares of all humanity.

Cities of the World

Cities of the World

A History in Maps

  • Author: Peter Whitfield
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520247253
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 208
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Traces the historic form and special character of the world's greatest cities through a collection of maps and panoramic views, from Athens to Brasilia, Washington to Moscow, San Francisco to Saigon, and Venice to Lhasa.

A History of the World in 100 Weapons

A History of the World in 100 Weapons

  • Author: Chris McNab
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1472808312
  • Category: History
  • Page: 384
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Our history has been shaped and changed by weapons: the smallest advances in weapons development have helped to build and overthrow empires, changed the course of civilization, driven modern technology, and won wars. For thousands of years, individual pieces of weaponry have come to symbolize struggles and nations, from the Roman gladius to the English longbow, and from the flintlock musket through to the AK47. This book reveals the weapons that had the greatest impact on our history, explaining how and why they came to prominence, and uncovers the lasting effect they had on the world.

Tragedy and Hope

Tragedy and Hope

A History of the World in Our Time

  • Author: Carroll Quigley
  • Publisher: G S G & Associates Pub
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 1348
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A History of the World in Numbers

A History of the World in Numbers

  • Author: Emma Marriott
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
  • ISBN: 1782432728
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 343
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The history of our world can be told through numbers. Numbers can illuminate the broad sweep of history, from vast movements of populations and the expansion of empires to the effects of technological achievements or climatic change. They also allow us to drill into the real detail of history, from the page count, the cost and the time it took to produce the Gutenberg Bible (the West's first mass-produced book) to the price of Virginian tobacco in the 1620s, both of which had an immediate and lasting effect on the course of world history. And, just occasionally, numbers have the power to blow our minds. For example: in 2003 US research showed that one in every 200 men living on the planet today shares genetic material from a single male from around 900 years ago; the likely progenitor was Mongol emperor, Genghis Khan. A History of the World in Numbers will span the early civilizations of man, from the plains of Mesopotamia and the Indus Empire, right through to the modern day. The numbers, statistics and figures will dictate the topic of each entry, shining a light on each subject, whether it's the development of early writing in China or the number of Brodie helmets issued in World War One.

A History of the World in 21 Women

A History of the World in 21 Women

A Personal Selection

  • Author: Jenni Murray
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • ISBN: 1786074117
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
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Jenni Murray gives the lie to Thomas Carlyle’s infamous declaration that ‘the history of the world is but the biography of great men.’ Women have played just as great a role in the story of humankind, only for their own tales to be marginalised, censored and forgotten. Their names should be shouted from the rooftops. Marie Curie discovered radium and revolutionised medical science. Empress Cixi transformed China. Frida Kahlo turned an unflinching eye on life and death. In A History of the World in 21 Women, Jenni Murray celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of some of the most extraordinary people to have ever walked the Earth. They ruled empires, they led nations. They were pioneers in the arts and geniuses of science. They led while others followed, spoke truth to power and fought for change. All left behind an indelible mark.

The West and the World

The West and the World

A History of Civilization from 1400 to the Present

  • Author: Kevin Reilly
  • Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781558761537
  • Category: History
  • Page: 408
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A collection of essays that trace the history of civilization from 1400 to the present, focusing on the social, political, and cultural issues that have prevailed through each era.

The Quest for Paradise

The Quest for Paradise

A History of the World's Gardens

  • Author: Ronald King
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Gardens
  • Page: 288
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