Mysteries In History

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Award-winning author Paul Aron takes readers on a journey through great historical mysteries through the ages. Entertaining in themselves, the stories also show that history is not merely living, but lively. The reader who comes to the book thinking history is boring will leave with a changed outlook with regard to both the subject matter and the process of writing history.

Each chapter is a carefully and thoroughly researched presentation not of popularized accounts but of ...

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Overview

Award-winning author Paul Aron takes readers on a journey through great historical mysteries through the ages. Entertaining in themselves, the stories also show that history is not merely living, but lively. The reader who comes to the book thinking history is boring will leave with a changed outlook with regard to both the subject matter and the process of writing history.

Each chapter is a carefully and thoroughly researched presentation not of popularized accounts but of valid historical scholarship. Chronologically arranged, the essays show the historical process in action. For each disputed historical point, theories arise, become standard wisdom, and then are revised as additional information becomes available. This book reveals the mechanics of that process, including spirited debate, swashbuckling archaeology, and the application of modern science to ancient questions.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This work is recommended as a nonreference resource for high schools, colleges, and public libraries."

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American Reference Books Annual

"This is more than a history text, however: it demonstrates how professional historians do detective work to resolve such mysteries even centuries later and provides reference keys to such investigations to encourage student investigation. An excellent key for teaching research tools."

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California Bookwatch

"Mysteries in History from Prehistory to the Present… is a nifty compilation of puzzles that just might jog jaded undergraduates into an appreciation for the complexities of the past. Aron summarizes the controversial aspects of 75 historical questions—such as when people first arrived in America, who King Arthur was, where Columbus landed, how Davy Crockett died, whether Hitler murdered his niece, why Rudolf Hess flew to Scotland, and what Reagan knew about Iran-Contra—and offers some annotated suggestions for further reading."

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Association of College and Research Libraries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851098996
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 464
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Origins and early civilizations 1
Were the Neandertals our ancestors? 2
When did the first people arrive in America? 9
Did Noah's ark exist? 15
What happened to the Harappans? 19
Did Atlantis exist? 25
Who was Theseus? 30
Who built Stonehenge? 35
Why did the pharaohs build the pyramids? 40
Was there really a Trojan War? 46
2 Classical traditions, major religions, giant empires, 1000 B.C.E.-500 53
Who was Homer? 54
Who wrote the Bible? 59
Did Jesus die on the cross? 63
What were the Nazca lines? 69
Did Alexander the great kill his father? 74
Why didn't Attila invade Rome? 78
3 Zones of exchange and encounter, 500-1000 85
Did St. Brendan discover America? 86
Who was king Arthur? 91
Why did Mayan civilization collapse? 97
Who built the statues on Easter Island? 103
Did Leif Ericsson discover America? 109
4 Hemispheric interactions, 1000-1500 115
Why did the Anasazi abandon their cities? 116
Why did Cahokia fall? 121
What was Joan of Arc's sign? 127
Who invented printing? 134
Did Richard III kill the princes in the tower? 140
Why did constantinople fall? 145
Did Columbus intend to discover America? 149
5 The first global age, 1450-1770 155
Where did Columbus land? 156
How did Cortes conquer the Aztecs? 160
Did Martin Guerre return? 167
Did Mary, queen of Scots, murder her husband? 172
What happened to the lost colony? 177
Who wrote Shakespeare's plays? 183
Did Pocahontas save John Smith? 189
What caused the Salem witch-hunt? 194
Was Captain Kidd a pirate? 200
6 Age of revolutions, 1750-1914 207
What started the Boston Massacre? 208
What caused the mutiny on the Bounty? 215
Was Mozart poisoned? 223
Was Sally Hemings the mistress of Thomas Jefferson? 228
Was Aaron Burr a traitor? 234
Was Napoleon murdered? 240
What were Joseph Smith's golden plates? 245
How did Davy Crockett die? 253
Who was Emily Dickinson's "master"? 258
Who lost (and who found) the lost order? 264
Were the Dahlgren papers forged? 271
Why did Custer attack? 277
Who was to blame for wounded knee? 284
What destroyed the Maine? 290
7 Crisis and achievement, 1900-1945 295
Why did Freud abandon his seduction theory? 296
Could the Titanic have been saved? 302
What sank the Lusitania? 309
Did shoeless Joe throw the world series? 316
Were Sacco and Vanzetti guilty? 322
Who kidnapped the Lindbergh baby? 328
Did any of the Romanovs survive? 333
Did Hitler murder his niece? 340
Was Amelia Earhart a spy? 346
Who was to blame for Pearl Harbor? 352
Why did hess fly to Scotland? 357
Why didn't the allies bomb Auschwitz? 362
Why did truman drop the bomb? 368
8 Promises and paradoxes, 1945- 375
Were the Rosenbergs guilty? 376
What has J. D. Saligner written? 380
Who killed JFK? 387
What happened at the Gulf of Tonkin? 393
Who killed Malcolm X? 398
Who won the Tet offensive? 403
What did Nixon know about watergate? 409
Who killed Jimmy Hoffa? 415
Was Howard Hughes's will a forgery? 421
What did Reagan know about Iran-Contra? 427
Was Gorbachev part of the August coup? 433
Was O. J. Simpson guilty? 440
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