History in Quotations: Reflecting 5000 Years of World History

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With a foreword by Simon Schama, one of the world?s foremost historians, and with 9000 chronological quotations arranged in 90 thematic chapters, this huge treasury is bursting with historical gems. The verbal banquet comes courtesy of such diverse figures as Herodotus, Charlemagne, Dante, Shakespeare, Thomas More, Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, Harriet Tubman, Rasputin, Lenin, Nehru, Al Capone, Churchill, Charles Lindbergh, Mao, Gloria Steinem, Susan Sontag, and hundreds more. These aren?t quick one-liners, but ...
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With a foreword by Simon Schama, one of the world’s foremost historians, and with 9000 chronological quotations arranged in 90 thematic chapters, this huge treasury is bursting with historical gems. The verbal banquet comes courtesy of such diverse figures as Herodotus, Charlemagne, Dante, Shakespeare, Thomas More, Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, Harriet Tubman, Rasputin, Lenin, Nehru, Al Capone, Churchill, Charles Lindbergh, Mao, Gloria Steinem, Susan Sontag, and hundreds more. These aren’t quick one-liners, but richly detailed and generous excerpts from speeches, documents, literature, and other sources. Every continent and every major civilization receives representation and enlightening commentary, with topics ranging from the toppling of nations to the changes in science. All the quotations have annotations, with details about sources.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780304353873
  • Publisher: Cassell P L C
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 1008

Table of Contents

Contributors ix
Foreword xi
Introduction xiii
Acknowledgements xvi
Note to the Reader xvii
Quotations about History xix
The Tigris and Euphrates, c.3200-c.500 BC 1
Ancient Egypt, c.3000-c.30 BC 7
The Ancient Levant, c.3000 BC-AD 73 16
Ancient India, c.2500 BC-c. AD 700 25
Archaic China, c.2000 BC-AD 220 33
Minoans and Mycenaeans, c.2000-c.1000 BC 37
The Americas before their Conquest, c.1200 BC-AD 1550 42
Athens and her Rivals, 766-399 BC 52
Alexander and Greece in the 4th century BC 61
Rome: The Republic, 753-31 BC 68
Rome: The Empire, 31 BC-AD 300 77
The Beginnings of Christianity, 30-604 87
China: The Middle Ages and Later Empire, 221-1912 96
The Byzantine Empire, 330-1453 104
The Barbarian West, 341-751 113
Japan, c.450-1863 122
Islam, c.610-1055 131
1,000 Years of Muslim India, c.700-1757 140
Islamic Spain, 711-1498 150
Saxons and Vikings, c.410-1066 159
Rus and Muscovy, 839-1613 167
The Jews, c.890-1790 176
Popes and Princes, c.800-1500 186
The Medieval Church, 1000-1500 195
Medieval Society, 1000-1500 205
The Normans, 1066-1154 215
The Crusades, 1096-1291 225
The Earlier Plantagenets, 1154-1327 237
The Mongols, 1200-1500 248
The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1760 258
The Renaissance, 1300-1600 267
The Hundred Years War, 1337-1453 277
The Black Death and Later Plagues 284
Venice: Maritime Power, 1350-1600 291
Ducal Burgundy, 1363-1477 301
The Wars of the Roses, 1455-85 308
Portugal, Africa and the East, 1415-1583 315
Explorers and Conquistadors, 1492-1542 324
The Rise and Decline of Spain, 1492-1700 334
The Tudors, 1485-1603 343
Reformation and Counter-Reformation, 1500-1700 355
The Scientific Revolution, 1500-1700 364
The French Religious Wars, 1562-98 373
The Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1567-1795 381
Commerce and Slavery in the Atlantic, 1600-1800 390
Trade and Dominion: Europe and the East, 1600-1800 400
The Two Cardinals: Richelieu and Mazarin 409
The Stuarts and the English Revolution, 1603-88 418
Colonial North America, 1612-1763 430
Russia of the Early Romanovs, 1613-1796 441
The Thirty Years War, 1618-48 451
The Age of Louis XIV, 1643-1715 459
Frederick the Great and Prussia, 1712-86 468
The Englightenment, 1697-1800 479
Britain: The Long 18th Century 488
The American Revolution, 1761-91 500
The French Revolution, 1789-95 514
Napoleon and the Struggle for Europe, 1796-1815 529
Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Europe, 1815-48 541
The 1848 Revolutions 555
The Birth of Industrial Society in Britain, 1776-1851 564
Democracy in America, 1791-1861 574
The American Civil War, 1861-5 588
Reform in Britain, 1776-1865 598
America and the World, 1783-1914 613
Anti-Semitism and Zionism, 1835-1914 627
Democracy in America, 1865-1917 636
Democracy in Britain, 1865-1914 650
Right and Left in Europe, 1850-1914 665
Imperialism, 1830-1914 680
War and Peace, 1853-1914 694
World War I, 1914-18 708
The Russian Revolution, 1914-24 724
Stalinism and Maoism, 1924-40 736
Fascism and National Socialism, 1919-39 749
America: Boom and Bust, 1919-39 761
Britain between the Wars, 1918-39 772
Imperialism and Nationalism, 1914-45 784
The Post-war Settlement and After, 1918-29 799
The Road to War, 1929-39 813
Crimes against Humanity, 1939-45 831
World War II, 1939-45 845
End of Empire, 1945-94 861
The Cold War, 1945-89 876
The Communist World, 1945-2001 889
The United States since 1945 901
Britain since 1945 916
Middle East Vortex, 1948-2003 932
Globalization 944
Index 959
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    History in Quotations is not a small book. It has 958 pages of historical quotes, beginning with the Epic of Creation, "As for the stars, he set up constellations corresponding to them," and winding up with Joseph Stiglitz, "We cannot, we should not, stand idly by" (Globalization and Its Discontents). Nor is it a useful book for someone seeking a quotation about a non-historical topic such as "love," "pets," or "flowers." Because the contents are arranged in order by historical period, eighty-nine of them, such history-spanning topics are not found in one section, if at all. Rather, this book is useful for someone looking for a pithy remark by Churchill or an Aztec poet. Quotations are from both contemporary sources or later sources writing significantly about them. If a certain period of history is known for charity, cruelty, nobility, or greed, then something significant may well be found in the book's chapters covering them. Looking for something heroic? "Tell them is Sparta, passer-by/That here, obedient to their word, we lie" (Simonides). Cynicism? "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians? (Hitler). Pomp? "God of our fathers, known of old/Lord of our far-flung battle-line/Beneath whose awful Hand we hold/Dominion over palm and pine-" (Kipling). The book is also an interesting read for its own sake just by turning a few pages now and then and absorbing the knowledge within. All quotes are attributed, often with notes, to the speaker or writer. There is a an index. Recommended with anyone interested in history and in who said what and when.

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