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Centuries of Change : Which Century Saw the Most Change?

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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.show more

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 164 x 241 x 37mm | 769g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • The Bodley Head Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847923038
  • 9781847923035
  • 154,409

About Ian Mortimer

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.show more

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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 Expressshow more

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History’s greatest tour guide is back. And he’s ringing the changes. In a contest of change, which century from the past millennium would come up trumps? Imagine the Black Death took on the female vote in a pub brawl, or the Industrial Revolution faced the internet in a medieval joust – whose side would you be on? In this hugely entertaining book, celebrated historian Ian Mortimer takes us on a whirlwind tour of Western history, pitting one century against another in his quest to measure 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. Bursting with ideas and underscored by a wry sense of humour, this 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. Praise for TheTime Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: ‘After The Canterbury Tales this has to be the most entertaining book ever written about the middle ages’ Guardian ‘The endlessly inventive Ian Mortimer is the most remarkable medieval historian of our time’ Times Praise for The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England: ‘Enthralling’ Mail on Sunday ‘A delightful book, full of busy research lightly worn’ Sunday Times ‘His curiosity is boundless and his profound scholarship is leavened by a sense of fun’ Daily Expressshow more

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"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"show more

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