Our lives are infinitely richer if we take the time to look at what the Greeks and Romans have given us in politics and law, religion and philosophy and education, and to learn how people really lived in Athens, Rome, Sparta and Alexandria. This book shows how we are living very much like people did 2,000 or more years ago.
Reveals the history of the anti-war movement in the UK from the outbreak of the First World War to present-day conflicts in the Middle East. This is a story of conscientious objectors and others who have been engaged in protest over the past century.
Featuring the history of the Arab peoples from the seventh century, when the new religion of Islam began to spread from the Arabian peninsula westwards, this book offers an insight into a perpetually troubled region. It also includes events such as 9/11, the US invasion of Iraq and the fall of the Mubarak and Ben Ali regimes in Egypt and Tunisia.
This invaluable, wide-ranging A to Z contains over 4,000 concise and reliable entries on all aspects of international history, from ancient times right up to the present day. An ideal quick reference work for students, and a fascinating source of historical information for anyone with an interest in the subject.
How old is the universe? How are humans related to a sponge? Where did most of the world's water come from? How much would a complete T Rex skeleton cost? Where did the Himalayas come from? Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? The author explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going.
Deals with human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them. This title shows the surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and also features objects which characterise the world we live in today.
Takes you on a whirlwind tour of the last ten centuries of Western history. This book tells the story of godly scientists, shrewd farmers, cold-hearted entrepreneurs and strong-minded women. It states that our understanding of change will never be same.
The Mediterranean has nurtured three of the most dazzling civilisations of antiquity, witnessed the birth or growth of three of our greatest religions and links three of the world's six continents. This book tells the story of the Middle Sea itself - a story that begins with the Phoenicians and the Pharaohs and ends with the Treaty of Versailles.
Takes readers on their own journey around the world - from the Grand Canal at Nanjing to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul; from Machu Picchu in the Andes to Shark Island, Namibia; and, from the proud towers of Prague to the secret churches of Wenzhou. This book tells the story of sailboats, missiles, land deeds, blue jeans and Chinese Bibles.
In a narrative beginning almost 1.5 million years ago with the emergence of Homo erectus, Frank Welsh takes the reader from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, from the Industrial Revolution to the age of terrorism.
Conceptions of distance are foundational to historical thought, but the author gives the idea new subtlety and meaning. In this book, he examines Renaissance, Enlightenment, and contemporary histories, and a broad spectrum of historical genres - including local history, literary history, counter-factual fiction, history painting, and museology.
Explores how tribal peoples approach essential human problems, from childrearing to old age to conflict resolution to health. In this book, the author reveals how tribal societies offer a window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms - and provide an insights into human nature.
Competition, flexibility and profit are still the common currency, even at a time when Western countries have been driven off a cliff by these very values. But will it always be this way? This title argues for the predominance in any society of one of three broad value systems - that of the merchant; the soldier; and the sage.
Overturning the received narrative of Europe's military and religious conquest and colonization of the region, the author contends that rather than acting as passive recipients, Scandinavians converted to Christianity because it was in individual chieftains' political, economic and cultural interests to do so.