National Geographic Visual History of the World

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Klaus Berndl
National Geographic Society, 2005 - History - 656 pages
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Imagine a history book with over 4,000 illustrations - graphics, paintings and photos - that brings the story of our world's civilizations to life! Readers will actually see the great events, personalities, catastrophes, discoveries and inventions depicted in a visually stimulating layout that includes four 8-page gatefold illustrations on major subjects that include the Roman Empire, the Reformation, the French Revolution and World War II. The substantial, easy-to-access text establishes the main content of the book while detailed captions explain the photographs and illustrations. Major historical themes are set in a global context offering the reader insights to events as they unfolded worldwide. The book is organized chronologically and is divided into 8 chapters; Pre and Ancient History; First Great Civilizations; Classical Antiquity to 5th Century; Middle Ages (5th-15th centuries); Early Modern Times (16th-18th centuries); Modern Times 1789-1914; World Wars; and Contemporary History (1945-2005). The 2page introductory spread for each chapter includes a table of contents for the chapter, and summarizes the most important socio-cultural, political and historic events of the given time period; within each chapter important historical developments of the epoch and region are presented in 2-to-6 page sections. A timeline at the bottom of each page highlights the most important events, names and dates of the era. In addition, there are sidebars on the great religions, influential ideologies, and on the end of colonialism. Famous historical personalities and events or issues of special significance are discussed in highlighted columns. This accessible and comprehensive approach is supported by colour-coded cross-referencing and timelines that guide the reader through the book.

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Prehistory From the Beginning to ca 4000 B C
The Beginning of Mankind 18 It All Began in Africa

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About the author (2005)

Douglas Brinkley is director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and professor of history at the University of New Orleans. Brinkley's recent publications include Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress and The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation with Stephen E. Ambrose. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, Anne, and daughter, Benton.

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