Mysteries in History: From Prehistory to the Present (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, Jan 1, 2005 - History - 447 pages
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Award-winning author Paul Aron takes readers on a journey through great historical mysteries through the ages. Entertaining in themselves, the stories also show that history is not merely living, but lively. The reader who comes to the book thinking history is boring will leave with a changed outlook with regard to both the subject matter and the process of writing history.

Each chapter is a carefully and thoroughly researched presentation not of popularized accounts but of valid historical scholarship. Chronologically arranged, the essays show the historical process in action. For each disputed historical point, theories arise, become standard wisdom, and then are revised as additional information becomes available. This book reveals the mechanics of that process, including spirited debate, swashbuckling archaeology, and the application of modern science to ancient questions.

  

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Contents

What Caused the Mutiny on the Bounty?
215
Was Mozart Poisoned?
223
Was Sally Hemings the Mistress of Thomas Jefferson?
228
Was Aaron Burr a Traitor?
234
Was Napoleon Murdered?
240
What Were Joseph Smiths Golden Plates?
245
How Did Davy Crockett Die?
253
Who Was Emily Dickinsons Master?
258

Was There Really a Trojan War?
46
CLASSICAL TRADITIONS MAJOR RELIGIONS GIANT EMPIRES 1000 BCE500
53
Who Was Homer?
54
Who Wrote the Bible?
59
Did Jesus Die on the Cross?
63
What Were the Nazca Lines?
69
Did Alexander the Great Kill His Father?
74
Why Didnt Attila Invade Rome?
78
ZONES OF EXCHANGE AND ENCOUNTER 5001000
85
Did St Brendan Discover America?
86
Who Was King Arthur?
91
Why Did Mayan Civilization Collapse?
97
Who Built the Statues on Easter Island?
103
Did Leif Ericsson Discover America?
109
HEMISPHERIC INTERACTIONS 10001500
115
Why Did the Anasazi Abandon Their Cities?
116
Why Did Cahokia Fall?
121
What Was Joan of Arcs Sign?
127
Who Invented Printing?
134
Did Richard III Kill the Princes in the Tower?
140
Why Did Constantinople Fall?
145
Did Columbus Intend to Discover America?
149
THE FIRST GLOBAL AGE 14501770
155
Where Did Columbus Land?
156
How Did Cortés Conquer the Aztecs?
160
Did Martin Guerre Return?
167
Did Mary Queen of Scots Murder Her Husband?
172
What Happened to the Lost Colony?
177
Who Wrote Shakespeares Plays?
183
Did Pocahontas Save John Smith?
189
What Caused the Salem WitchHunt?
194
Was Captain Kidd a Pirate?
200
AGE OF REVOLUTIONS 17501914
207
What Started the Boston Massacre?
208
Who Lost and Who Found the Lost Order?
264
Were the Dahlgren Papers Forged?
271
Why Did Custer Attack?
277
Who Was to Blame for Wounded Knee?
284
What Destroyed the Maine?
290
CRISIS AND ACHIEVEMENT 19001845
295
Why Did Freud Abandon His Seduction Theory?
296
Could the Titanic Have Been Saved?
302
What Sank the Lusitania?
309
Did Shoeless Joe Throw the World Series?
316
Were Sacco and Vanzetti Guilty?
322
Who Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby?
328
Did Any of the Romanovs Survive?
333
Did Hitler Murder His Niece?
340
Was Amelia Earhart a Spy?
346
Who Was to Blame for Pearl Harbor?
352
Why Did Hess Fly to Scotland?
357
Why Didnt the Allies Bomb Auschwitz?
362
Why Did Truman Drop the Bomb?
368
PROMISES AND PARADOXES 1945
375
Were the Rosenbergs Guilty?
376
What Has J D Salinger Written?
380
Who Killed JFK?
387
What Happened at the Gulf of Tonkin?
393
Who Killed Malcolm X?
398
Who Won the Tet Offensive?
403
What Did Nixon Know About Watergate?
409
Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?
415
Was Howard Hughess Will a Forgery?
421
What Did Reagan Know About IranContra?
427
Was Gorbachev Part of the August Coup?
433
Was OJ Simpson Guilty?
440
About the Author
447
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