Centuries of Change: Which Century Saw the Most Change?

Centuries of Change: Which Century Saw the Most Change?

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By (author) Ian Mortimer

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  • Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 241mm x 37mm | 769g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847923038
  • ISBN 13: 9781847923035
  • Sales rank: 30,525

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In Centuries of Change bestselling historian Ian Mortimer takes you on a whirlwind tour of the last ten centuries of Western history. It is a journey into a past vividly brought to life and bursting with ideas, that pits one century against another in his quest to measure which century saw the greatest change. We journey from a time when there was a fair chance of your village being burnt to the ground by invaders, and dried human dung was a recommended cure for cancer, to a world in which explorers sailed into the unknown and civilisations came into conflict with each other on an epic scale. Here is a story of godly scientists, shrewd farmers, cold-hearted entrepreneurs and strong-minded women - a story of discovery, invention, revolution and cataclysmic shifts in perspective. Centuries of Change is a journey into the past like no other. Our understanding of change will never be the same again, and the lessons we learn along the way are profound ones for us all.

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Dr Ian Mortimer is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England and The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England, as well as four critically acclaimed medieval biographies, and numerous scholarly articles on subjects ranging in date from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998. His work on the social history of medicine won the Alexander Prize (2004) and was published by the Royal Historical Society in 2009. He lives with his wife and three children in Moretonhampstead, on the edge of Dartmoor.

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"I loved this book... It will enable you to understand your past, your place in it and that of your ancestors as never before. A modern classic" -- FIVE STARS, James Delingpole Mail on Sunday "Provocative and enjoyable... Almost every page of this engaging book sets your mind racing" -- Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times "Original and fascinating... It is a planetary ride which Mortimer offers us in his tour of ten centuries. It is exhilarating to time-travel with him" -- Peter Lewis Book of the Week, Daily Mail "It feels as though he has put his heart and soul into it and readers of his other books will enjoy it for its scope and energy" The Times "Written in his usual accessible yet quirky style Mortimer proves his worth as the best upmarket tour guide to the hidden mysteries of the past that we have" -- Alex Larman Daily Express