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A comprehensive, accessible reference designed for the desk and library-with all the pertinent facts of world history from the dawn of humanity to the 21st century.

With authoritative and enlightening essays and detailed maps, charts, and time lines, National Geographic Almanac of World History encapsulates in one volume all of the important people and events that have changed the world. In chronological chapters, this amazing almanac reveals the fascinating story of the growth ...

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Overview

A comprehensive, accessible reference designed for the desk and library-with all the pertinent facts of world history from the dawn of humanity to the 21st century.

With authoritative and enlightening essays and detailed maps, charts, and time lines, National Geographic Almanac of World History encapsulates in one volume all of the important people and events that have changed the world. In chronological chapters, this amazing almanac reveals the fascinating story of the growth and change of society, from the Neanderthals to the nuclear age.

Culled from the extensive National Geographic archives, Almanac of World History includes more than 220 maps, photographs, and illustrations to enhance readers' understanding of history. Each chapter features three types of easy-to-access entries, including lively introductory spreads that are filled with time lines, charts, images, and sidebars; essay spreads that give more in-depth information on a person, place, or event; and finally, summary spreads that reveal what was happening simultaneously in other parts of the world.

Rich in cartography, information, and illustrations, National Geographic Almanac of World History is an indispensable tool for understanding both past and present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792250920
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: National Geographic Almanacs Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Daniels is an author and editor for National Geographic who has written, edited, or contributed to books on history, science, and geography, most recently the National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space. She lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

Stephen G. Hyslop has been a writer and editor for Time-Life Books and National Geographic, as well as author of Bound for Santa Fe and Chroniclers of Indian Life. He lives in Virginia.

Douglas G. Brinkley is the director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization and Professor of History at Tulane University. He authored two New York Times Best Sellers: Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War and Voices of Valor: D-Day; June 6, 1944. He is the official historian for NBC News. Dr. Brinkley is contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage and a contributor to the New York Timesand The New Yorker.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 10
About This Book 12
Milestones
The Rise of Agriculture & Complex Societies 16
The Evolution of Writing 18
The Classical Tradition 20
The Silk Road & the East-West Connection 22
Plagues & Peoples 24
Gutenberg & the Print Revolution 26
Slave Trade & Colonialism 28
The Rise of Democracy 30
Technology Shrinks the World 32
The Search for World Order 34
Major Eras
Ancient World: Prehistory-500 B.C. 38
Human Evolution & Early Migration Prehistory-3000 B.C. 40
Mesopotamian Civilizations 3500-500 B.C. 44
The Lessons of Judaism 49
Egyptian Civilization 3000-500 B.C. 50
The Divine Right of Queens 53
Indian Civilization 2500-500 B.C. 56
The Multiplicity of Hinduism 58
Chinese Civilization 2000-500 B.C. 60
Mediterranean Civilizations 2000-500 B.C. 62
Olmec of Mesoamerica 1200-400 B.C. 66
World Survey Prehistory-500 B.C. 68
Classical World: 550 B.C.-A.D. 700 70
Persia 550 B.C.-A.D. 651 72
North American Cultures 500 B.C.-A.D. 400 74
Mesoamerican Cultures 500 B.C.-A.D. 700 76
South American Cultures 500 B.C.-A.D. 600 78
The Roman Empire 509 B.C.-A.D. 476 80
Hannibal of Carthage 83
The Roman Army 84
Greece 492-400 B.C. 86
China's Qin & Han Dynasties 403 B.C.-A.D. 220 90
Emperor Qin's Tomb 93
Alexander the Great 336-323 B.C. 94
India 327 B.C.-A.D. 550 96
Rise of Christianity A.D. 27-392 98
World Survey 550 B.C.-A.D. 700 100
Age of Faith: 500-1150 102
Maya 500-1000 104
Watching the Heavens 106
Anglo-Saxon England 500-1066 108
Byzantine Empire 527-1054 110
Muhammad & Islam 570-1000 114
The Koran 117
China's Sui & Tang Dynasties 581-907 118
Khmer Empire 600-1150 122
Charlemagne 768-814 124
Vikings 793-1042 126
Feudalism 800-1000 128
World Survey 500-1150 130
Crusades to Columbus: 960-1644 132
China's Song Dynasty 960-1279 134
Holy Roman Empire 962-1648 136
Toltec & Aztec Empires 1000-1521 138
Rituals of Aztec Warfare 142
Peru's Chimu & Inca Empires 1000-1536 144
Mississippians & Anasazi 1000-1540 146
The High Middle Ages in Europe 1000-1453 150
The Crusades 1095-1291 152
Mongol Empire 1206-1368 154
Marco Polo 159
Ottoman Empire 1299-1571 160
The Renaissance 1300-1600 162
Machiavelli 164
China's Ming Dynasty 1368-1644 168
The Admiral of the Western Ocean 171
World Survey 960-1644 172
Colonizing New Worlds: 1455-1857 174
England 1455-1689 176
The Great Fire of London 179
Spain & Portugal 1469-1640 180
The Spanish Inquisition 182
Navigating the Globe 1492-1522 184
Spanish-American Empire 1492-1800 186
Spanish Mission System 189
The Reformation 1517-1648 192
Mogul India 1523-1857 194
France's North American Colonies 1534-1763 196
England's North American Colonies 1584-1775 200
English Conquest of Canada 203
Japan & the Shoguns 1588-1853 204
The Rise of Russia 1613-1796 206
The Age of Englightenment 1700-1800 210
Europe's Balance of Power 1702-1763 212
British Exploration of the Pacific 1760-1840 214
Australia's Aborigines 217
American Revolution 1775-1789 218
Rebellions in Other American Colonies 220
French Revolution 1789-1799 222
Robespierre & the Reign of Terror 224
World Survey 1455-1857 226
Age of Imperialism: 1750-1917 228
European Imperialism 1750-1900 230
Queen Victoria 233
India Under the British 1757-1917 234
Napoleon 1769-1821 236
Europe's Industrial Revolution 1769-1900 238
Urban Migration 240
Ireland's Potato Famine 243
Imperialism in the Pacific 1800-1900 244
Maori of New Zealand 247
Latin American Independence 1800-1830 248
Bolivar: Liberator or Dictator? 250
U.S. Expansion 1800-1860 252
The California Gold Rush 255
European Nationalism 1815-1871 256
China Ends Its Isolation 1820-1900 258
European Powers Colonize Africa 1830-1914 260
Livingstone & Stanley 265
Japan & the West 1853-1905 266
U.S. Civil War & Reconstruction 1860-1877 268
The Battle of Gettysburg 270
The U.S. Becomes a Great Power 1876-1900 272
Rough Riders in Cuba 275
World Survey 1750-1917 276
Global Conflict: 1900-1945 278
Revolution in Transit 1900-1930 280
Mass Production Comes of Age 283
World War I 1914-1918 284
The Russian Revolutions of 1917 287
Boom & Bust 1920-1937 290
Mass Communication 293
Authoritarianism 1920-1938 294
World War II 1939-1945 296
Development of the Atom Bomb 300
World Survey 1900-1945 302
Toward a New Millennium: 1945-Present 304
Postwar Settlement & Cold War 1945-1991 306
Arab-Israeli Conflicts 309
Vietnam War 311
Iran Revolution 313
Development of a "Third World" 1945-1991 316
Gandhi: India's Peaceful Rebel 319
Frontiers of Science 1945-Present 322
Globalization 1991-Present 326
Terrorism 329
World Survey 1945-Present 330
At a Glance
Major Wars 334
Major Religions 338
Periods & Movements 342
Human Accomplishments 346
Leaders 350
Scientists, Inventors, & Philosophers 356
Explorers 360
Artists 362
Appendix 366
Recommended Reading 371
Index 372
Illustrations Credits 383
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