Short History of the World

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Arcturus, 2008 - World history - 304 pages
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The Story of Mankind From Prehistory to the Modern Day. A clearly written, entertaining and accessible history that will appeal to a wide audience, in a successful and user-friendly format that allows for both in-depth reading and quick reference. Each double-page spread covers a different topic, making it easy to delve into and read whatever inspires your interest. 250 illustrations and photographs bring the history to life, and timelines provide at-a-glance chronological reference and are a handy addition to the text.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
Human Development 400008000Bc
13
Early Cultures of the Middle East 90004300BC
20
Kingdoms and Empires
26
The Achaemenid Empire 559180BC
32
New Kingdom and Late Period Egypt 1532332BC
38
The First Civilizations in East Asia 6000221BC
44
The Rise of Aegean Civilization 3000H00Bc
50
Europe in the Age of Absolute
164
The European Enlightenment 16501800
170
Safavid Persia and the Rise
176
The Rise of Manchu Qing China 16441783
182
African Kingdoms 15001800
188
Colonial North America 16501775
194
Napoleonic Europe 18001815
200
The Growth of Nationalism in Europe 18151849
206

Peoples of the Americas 4000200BC
56
Greece and Macedon 435336BC
62
The Etruscans and the Rise of Rome 800290Bc
68
The Fall of the Western Roman Empire AD300476
74
5001500
104
Christendom 5001300
110
The Rise of Europes Towns and Cities 10001500
116
The Byzantine Empire 6291453
122
Renaissance Europe 14001500
128
Sui and Tang China 589907
134
Japan and Korea 6001500
140
Toltecs and Aztecs 8001520
146
15001783
152
Europe in the Time of the Thirty Years
158
The European Alliance System 18711914
212
The American Civil War 18611865
218
Independence in Latin America 17831830
224
19142007
244
USA and Canada 19141945
250
Japan 19141941
256
Independence in India 19051949
262
The Soviet Union and PostSoviet
268
Japan and Korea 19452007
274
Central and South Asia 19482007
280
The ArabIsraeli Conflict 19482007
286
Latin America 19102007
292
Into the Future 2008
298
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About the author (2008)

Alex Woolf played the drums and travelled on his motorbike before settling down as an author. His "Chronosphere" trilogy, a science fiction adventure set in the 22nd century, is published by Scribo.

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