Discusses about millennia of human ingenuity in the quest to cheat death. This book features various chapters that sum up one of these battlefields such as surgery, doctors, disease, hospitals, laboratories and the human body. It is suitable for those who are keenly aware of their own mortality and wants to do something about it.
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.
The first work covering a key element of the strategic relationship between states from ancient history to the late 20th century, Great Strategic Rivalries fills a major gap in the historiography of state relations.
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.
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.
Two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world's most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend.
Part history, part travelogue, part memoir, this book tells the inspiring story of how a one time British colony of convicts turned itself into a prosperous and confident country. This book describes Australia's journey through the eyes of ordinary people, from the trauma of the WW-I to the decline of the relationship with Britain, and more.
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.
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.
In the totalitarian states of the twentieth century, state-sanctioned art performed a key function, giving visual dimension to abstract political ideology. This book presents fifty postcards from the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy, Spain, and China, between 1920s and the 1970s, providing a fascinating look at the art of power and its expression.
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.
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.
The Secret Museum is a unique treasure trove of the most intriguing artifacts hidden away in museum archives from all over the world - curated, brought to light, and brought to life by Molly Oldfield in a beautifully illustrated collection.