I Used to Know That: World History: Intriguing Facts About the World's Greatest Empires, Leader's, Cultures and Conflicts

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Penguin, Apr 12, 2012 - Reference - 176 pages
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It can be difficult to keep different historical events and figures straight in your head, which is why I Used to Know That: World History presents major episodes in history with short, easily understood sections. Among the people, movements, and events covered are:
 
·        Ancient Greece and Rome-Learn about the birth of democracy and the death of the Roman Republic
·        The Middle Ages-From the Crusades to the Hundred Years War and the signing of the Magna Carta to the Black Plague
·        The Renaissance-A cultural revival that changed art, poetry, learning, and religion forever
·        The Revolutionary War-How America became independent; George Washington, the “father of the nation”
·        The Age of Empire-European colonialism in Africa and Asia; American expansion and the Civil War
·        Wars of the 20th Century-World War I and World War II; Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt; the Cold War; the rise and fall of fascism and communism
 
Packed with important facts and sweeping overviews of historical events, I Used to Know That: World History is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the history of civilization and the geopolitical situation of today.
 
 

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Contents

Introduction
Early Civilizations
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Greece
The Roman Empire
Ancient China
Ancient India
Mayan Civilization
The Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions
The Age of Empire
The British Empire
Other European Empires
The Scramble for Africa
American Expansion
The Slave Trade the Abolition Movement and the American Civil War
Colonial Wars

A Dark Age in Europe Golden Ages to the East and West
The Rise of Islam
Holy Roman Empire
Beginnings of England and France
China and Japan Flourish
The Middle Ages
Magna Carta
Hundred Years War
Peasants Revolt
The Aztecs and Incas in the Americas
Renaissance Reformation and Religion
Reformation Shakes Up the Church
The Virgin Queen
Spread of Islam
The Age of Discovery
English Adventurers
Other Early Empires
The Defeat of the Spanish Armada
Seeking Religious Freedom
China and Japan Prefer Isolation
The Age of Reason and Revolution
Civil War in England
The American War of Independence
The French Revolution
The Meiji Restoration and Japanese Imperialism
Latin American Independence Movements
World War I Revolution and Nationalism
World War I
The End of World War I
The Russian Revolutions
Civil War in China
Indian Nationalism
World War II
The Spanish Civil War
A Global Depression Sets the Stage for WWII
Hitler and Nazi Germany
World War II
The New Globalism
Unscrambling Africa
The Cold War
The End of the Communist Era in Europe
The Last Great Communist State
The War on Terror
Global Interdependence
A Brief Time Line
Index
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About the author (2012)

Emma Marriott is a freelance writer and editor. She has written two popular history books (I Used To Know That: History and Bad History) and edited a broad range of non-fiction titles for major UK publishers. She lives in the UK with her husband and three children.

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