Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 7, 2011 - History - 669 pages
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A compulsively readable and utterly original account of world history—from an atrocitologist’s point of view.

Evangelists of human progress meet their opposite in Matthew White's epic examination of history's one hundred most violent events, or, in White's piquant phrasing, "the numbers that people want to argue about." Reaching back to 480 BCE's second Persian War, White moves chronologically through history to this century's war in the Congo and devotes chapters to each event, where he surrounds hard facts (time and place) and succinct takeaways (who usually gets the blame?) with lively military, social, and political histories. With the eye of a seasoned statistician, White assigns each entry a ranking based on body count, and in doing so he gives voice to the suffering of ordinary people that, inexorably, has defined every historical epoch. By turns droll, insightful, matter-of-fact, and ultimately sympathetic to those who died, The Great Big Book of Horrible Things gives readers a chance to reach their own conclusions while offering a stark reminder of the darkness of the human heart.
 

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I expected to be utterly depressed throughout my reading of this fascinating trip down Atrocity Lane, but instead I found myself enthralled by the history being presented to me and the different way ... Read full review

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User Review  - ThothJ - LibraryThing

I expected to be utterly depressed throughout my reading of this fascinating trip down Atrocity Lane, but instead I found myself enthralled by the history being presented to me and the different way ... Read full review

Contents

Second Persian
3
Age ot Warring States
13
The Roman Repubic and Dominions ca 133 BCE
20
GIadiatoriaI Games
34
GaIIic
41
RomanJewish Wars
51
The Three Kingdoms ot China
74
Mideast Save Trade
88
Haitian SIave RevoIt
275
Qing China 18501873
287
Taiping RebeIIion
294
Hui RebeIIion
307
Mahdi RevoIt
325
GrecoTurkish
370
Second WorId
422
Korean
439

Mayan Coapse
98
Religious Killing
107
Fang La RebeIIion
113
Huagus Invasion
132
Ming China 13681644 CE
143
BahmaniViiayanagara
146
Aztec Human Sacritice
156
Conquest ot the Americas
188
BurmaSiam Wars
195
French Wars ot ReIigion
206
The Time ot TroubIes
215
Coapse ot the Ming Dynasty
229
Great Turkish
237
Europe ca 1675
240
Great Northern
247
War ot the Spanish Succession
254
NapoIeonic Wars
271
The Communist Woro ca 1955
450
The Black Chapter of Communism
453
Indonesian Purge
476
Mengistu HaiIe
490
Recent Africa 1960520005
496
PostColonial Africa
503
SomaIian Chaos
519
AnaIysis
532
Appendix I
555
The HemocIysm
569
SeIected BibIiography
639
207
652
490
655
252
660
555
668
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Matthew White is the creator of the online Historical Atlas of the 20th Century. His data has been cited by forty-five published books and eighty scholarly articles. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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