Legends, Lies and Cherished Myths of World History

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The author of the popular Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History turns his knowledge and wit upon the rest of the world, exploding our comfortable belief that we know anything at all about what actually happened. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060168032
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 240

Table of Contents

Some Things You Should Know Before Reading This Book (Or: Why this book is Eurocentric and why that couldn't be helped) 1
Pt. 1 Way Back When (Or: This seemed like a good place to begin)
Trojan War 7
Socrates 10
Alexander the Great 12
Herodotus 15
Caesar 16
Cleopatra 19
Caligula 24
Nero 26
The Fall of the Roman Empire 28
The Barbarians 32
Pt. 2 The Dark Ages (Or: Why it's not OK to call them that anymore)
Ignorance 37
The Crusades 42
Knights 45
Hundred Years' War 49
Shylock 50
The Spanish Inquisition 52
Pt. 3 A New Day Dawns (Or: Science for history majors)
The Scientific Revolution 57
Copernicus 60
Galileo 62
Scientists are Human 64
Pt. 4 The Facts of Life (Or: Why history's not as dull as you think)
Sex: I 69
Sex: II 72
Sex: III 76
Pt. 5 God Save the King! (Or: Goings-on at Buckingham Palace)
Tradition and All That 87
A Dysfunctional Family 91
Richard Lion Heart 93
Henry V 96
Richard III 98
George III 100
Victoria 103
Edward VIII 105
Pt. 6 "This Scepter'd Isle" (Or: British history the way it should have been taught)
Magna Carta 113
Star Chamber 117
Defeat of the Spanish Armada 119
Captain Kidd 123
Black Hole of Calcutta 127
William Bligh 128
Horatio Nelson 130
Lawrence of Arabia 132
Of Things Old 134
Of Kilts and Bagpipes 137
Pt. 7 Let Them Eat Brioche! (Or: French history for beginners)
Joan of Arc 143
Louis XIV 146
Marie Antoinette 147
Rousseau 148
Voltaire 151
Lafayette 152
Napoleon 154
Alfred Dreyfus 159
Pt. 8 Likeable (And Not-So-Likeable) Famous People (Or: If you learned it in school, it can't be true)
Machiavelli 163
Catherine the Great 165
Sun Yat-Sen 167
Chiang Kai-Shek 170
Gandhi 174
Pt. 9 King Arthur and Such (Or: This part's not for children)
King Arthur 181
Lady Godiva 185
Robin Hood 187
Pied Piper 189
William Tell 191
Dracula 193
Frankenstein 195
Little Dutch Boy 197
Santa Claus 198
Pt. 10 Religion (Or: We hope nobody's offended)
The Bible 203
Judaism 210
Christ 213
Christianity 218
Pt. 11 World Wars I and II (Or: Two wars we could have done without)
World War I 223
Nazism 228
World War II 233
Hitler 247
Mussolini 250
Churchill 252
Hirohito 255
Pt. 12 Hollywood Does History (Or: Why they're bound to get it right someday)
Based on a True Story 263
Soldiers and War 269
Newsreels 271
Conclusions 275
Acknowledgments 277
Notes 279
Index 293
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