Places of Destiny: 50 Places Where History Was MadeHardback
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- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Format: Hardback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 216mm x 278mm x 30mm | 1,220g
- Publication date: 4 June 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1847248330
- ISBN 13: 9781847248336
- Illustrations note: 150 colour illustrations
In Places of Destiny, Ben Dupre offers a rich selection of dramatic historical events and locations: the resistance of Leonidas' Spartans, an enduring epic of last-ditch heroism, in the face of Xerxes' Persians at the lonely pass of Thermopylae in 480 BC; the sack of Rome in AD 410 when the Visigothic army under the command of Alaric swarmed into Rome and subjected the Eternal City to three days of looting; the establishing of a settlement of courageous dissenters, harbinger of a great new nation, on Jamestown Island, Virginia, in 1607; the storming of a prison and the birth of modern republican politics in Paris on 14 July 1789; the extinction, senseless and bloody, of an entire generation of Western European manhood on the shattered plains of the Somme Valley in 1916; and the irruption of terror from the skies into a bright Manhattan morning on the most dreadful day of the infant 21st century. As well as retailing the extraordinary stories of the events associated with each site, Places of Destiny also examines how succeeding generations have commemorated and interpreted those events. Richly informative and deeply thought-provoking, and interspersed throughout with informative maps and colour illustrations, Places of Destiny offers an enthralling and often moving sequence of narratives that will appeal to anyone who enjoys top-notch popular historical writing.
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Ben Dupre read Classics at Exeter College, Oxford before pursuing a career in reference publishing. He was Children's Reference Publisher at Oxford University Press from 1992 until 2004 and, all told, has more than 20 years' experience of bringing complex and challenging concepts to the widest possible audience in an accessible but authoritative manner. A gifted performer on both harpsichord and viola da gamba, Ben lives in North Oxford with his family.
Table of contents
Introduction. Thermopylae 480 BC. The Rubicon 49 BC. Bethlehem 4 BC. Teutoburg Forest AD 9. Jerusalem AD 70. Rome 410. Yarmuk 636. Tours 732. Rome 800. Hastings 1066. Ain Jalut 1260. Constantinople 1453. The Bahamas 1492. Tenochtitlan 1521. Plymouth Hoe 1588. Jamestown 1607. Culloden 1746. Botany Bay 1770. Philadelphia 1776. The Bastille 1789. Waterloo 1815. Galapagos Islands 1835. Gettysburg 1863. Sarajevo 1914. Dublin 1916. Somme Valley 1916. Petrograd 1917. Guernica 1937. Pearl Harbor 1941. Stalingrad 1943. Auschwitz 1945. Hiroshima 1945. Dallas 1963. Chernobyl 1986. Berlin 1989. Lower Manhattan 2001. Index. Further reading. Picture credits.