World History For Dummies

World History For Dummies

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If history scares you or bores you silly, that's probably because a teacher once required you to memorize a bunch of dates - when things like the Magna Carta and the Versailles Treaty were signed, for example. Admittedly, dates are a big part of history, but only because historical events happened in a certain order. If Columbus hadn't sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred and ninety-two, the Mayflower Pilgrims might not have looked west for a place to practice their Puritan religion almost 130 years later. The eventual outcome? No day-after-Thanksgiving mob scenes at the mall. So you may be asking, "How can a 330-page book cover the complete history of the world?" The short answer is that it can't. To cover thousands of years in one book would be impossible. What is possible is a skimming of the surface of world history, which is what you'll find in World History For Dummies. This book provides a fun and friendly overview of the history of the world, providing glimpses into the major players and events that have made the world what it is today.
Because the history of the world is such a grand topic, a comprehensive list of what you'll find in World History For Dummies would be almost as long as the book itself. So here are a few highlights to pique your interest: *Discover how to look at history from the historian's perspective *Becoming civilized: The invention of writing and art *Scientific developments that revolutionized the world *Building empires: From Rome to Russia *War and peace (no, not the Tolstoy novel) *The development of the world's religions *Overviews of the essential historical documents that you must know - from the Bible to the Bill of Rights Anyone with at least a passing interest in history can find value in World History For Dummies - whether you're a student or a teacher in need of a broad historical overview, a history buff looking for new fascinating areas of interest, or if you just want to be the best darned Trivial Pursuit player in your neighborhood!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 184 x 232 x 26mm | 580.6g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764552422
  • 9780764552427
  • 1,478,142

Table of contents

Introduction. History: The Ultimate Soap Opera. Getting to the Truth -- or Something Close. Positively post-historic. A few words about biases. Conventions Used in This Book. Making sense of AD, BC, CE, and BCE. Keeping an eye out for icons. How to Read This Book. Part I: Getting Into History. Part II: Civilizations. Part III: Mind, Soul, Heart. Part IV: War. Part V: People. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Part I: Getting Into History. Chapter 1: Finding the Bodies: Real Stories, Real People. Chapter 2: Making History Happen. Part II: Civilizations. Chapter 3: Getting Civilized. Chapter 4: Not All Roads Led to Rome. Chapter 5: Transitioning Through the Middle Ages. Chapter 6: Contending for World Domination. Chapter 7: Grabbing the Globe. Chapter 8: Clashing on a Worldwide Scale. Part III: Mind, Soul, Heart. Chapter 9: Believing and Believers. Chapter 10: Sharing a Love of Wisdom. Chapter 11: Being Christian, Thinking Greek. Chapter 12: Awakening to the Renaissance. Chapter 13: Making a Break: The Reformation. Chapter 14: Opening Up to Science and Enlightenment. Part IV: War. Chapter 15: Hurling Sticks and Stones. Chapter 16: Advancing the Technology of War. Chapter 17: Reshaping Warfare in a Contemporary Mold. Part V: People. Chapter 18: Founding Something Lasting. Chapter 19: Battling Toward Lasting Fame. Chapter 20: Venturing Out: Voyagers. Chapter 21: Overturning Societies Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 22: Ten Unforgettable Dates. Chapter 23: Ten Essential Documents. Index. Book Registration Information.
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..".a friendly reference. You can bone up on all those facts you missed in history class and have a good time in the bargain." (Manx Independent, Friday 27th April)
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About Peter Haugen

Peter Haugen (Madison, Wisconsin) is an accomplished university lecturer, journalist, and author.
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