Fifty Things You Need to Know About World History

Fifty Things You Need to Know About World History

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By (author) Hugh Williams

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  • Publisher: Collins
  • Format: Hardback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 242mm x 44mm | 821g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007326505
  • ISBN 13: 9780007326501
  • Illustrations note: 2 col plates (16pp)
  • Sales rank: 332,275

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What are the key 50 events you really need to understand to grasp the developments of our world? In this highly entertaining read Hugh Williams distils world history into an insightful overview. By selecting fifty key people, places, battles, objects and events, he casts a clear eye over the way the world has developed and how we live today. Injecting life into familiar historical landmarks as well as bringing lesser-known events to the forefront, Hugh shapes the fifty things into themes as all-encompassing today as they were over two thousand years ago: wealth, religion, conquest, discovery and freedom. The Fifty Things include...Origin of Species Model T Ford The Russian Revolution Plato Conquest of Mexico Mao Tse Tung Crucifixion of Jesus Via Egnatia Worldwide web Ozymandias 9/11 Nelson Mandela Coronation of Charlemagne American Declaration of Independence Franco-Prussian War Mahabharata The Black Death And many more...

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About the author Hugh Williams read Modern History at Oxford before beginning his career in television with the BBC. He has specialised in history and current affairs programming and in the early 80s was responsible for introducing the famous BBC history programme 'Timewatch' into the schedules. While Head of Broadcasting in Manchester he had the idea for and subsequently commissioned A.N. Wilson's series 'Eminent Victorians'.

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On Fifty Things you Need to Know about British History; 'If history is your subject, then look no further than Fifty Things you Need to Know about British History. If you want an overview of what went on here, in bite-size chunks, throughout the centuries, this is the book for you' The Lady 'It offers insight and knowledge upon which to build a better understanding of the country we live in today' Today's History Best General History 'Combining simplicity with significance and anecdote with fact, this book will have relevance for every modern British reader' Family History Monthly