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The world history book to define all others, National Geographic Visual History of the World is a classic in the making. No other volume offers such a comprehensive and richly illustrated chronicle of world events, from the construction of the Pyramids to the overthrow of the Taliban. Readers see how momentous happenings, personalities, catastrophes, discoveries, and inventions unfold in a visually stimulating layout. Four eight-page gatefolds bring to life major events of world history and thousands of ...

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The world history book to define all others, National Geographic Visual History of the World is a classic in the making. No other volume offers such a comprehensive and richly illustrated chronicle of world events, from the construction of the Pyramids to the overthrow of the Taliban. Readers see how momentous happenings, personalities, catastrophes, discoveries, and inventions unfold in a visually stimulating layout. Four eight-page gatefolds bring to life major events of world history and thousands of paintings, photographs and illustrations depict subjects ranging from the Roman Empire to the Reformation, World War II, to the war in Afghanistan. A timeline at the bottom of every page highlights the most important events, names, and dates of the era, and color-coded cross-referencing helps point readers to other applicable sections. Ideal for people who prefer to flip through books at random, this highly accessible resource contains sidebars on the great religions, influential ideologies, and other topics, as well as biographies of world leaders and notable personalities in the arts and humanities.

National Geographic Visual History of the World is an indispensable, impressive, and extravagantly illustrated reference of social, cultural, and military history in one volume. It is a must-have for all families, armchair historians, and serious scholars alike.

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This nonpareil National Geographic family historical reference guides readers from early Stone Age societies to the recent Iraq War. The 650-plus-page National Geographic Visual History of the World presents human accomplishments with more than 4,000 illustrations and photographs. A timeline at the bottom of each page highlights the most significant events, names, and dates of the era, and color-coded cross-references point readers to other relevant sections. In addition, this large-format resource contains numerous sidebars on great religions, influential ideologies, outstanding individuals, and quotations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792236955
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 261,110
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.67 (h) x 1.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Brinkley is director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and professor of history at the University of New Orleans. Brinkley's recent publications include Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress and The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation with Stephen E. Ambrose. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, Anne, and daughter, Benton.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 12
Prehistory: From the Beginning to ca. 4000 B.C. 16
The Stone Age: The Beginning of Mankind 18
It All Began in Africa 18
Early Hominoids 19
Territorial Expansion 20
Campsites and the Use of Tools 21
Fire and the Hunt 22
Language and Burial of the Dead 23
Religion and Cults 24
The Art of Early Man 25
The "Neolithic Revolution" 26
The Tell Cultures 27
First Empires: ca. 7000 B.C.-200 A.D. 28
Introduction 30
Migration of Peoples 32
The Early States of Mesopotamia 34
Ancient Egypt 42
The Hittites 50
Kingdoms on the Borders of the Fertile Crescent 52
Syria and Palestine 54
Key Ideas: Judaism 58
The Medes and the Persian Empire of the Achaemenids 60
The Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes 64
Key Ideas: The Religions of India, China, and Japan 66
India from the Beginnings to the Invasion of Alexander the Great 68
Early China up to the "Warring States" Period 72
The Ancient World: ca. 2500 B.C.-900 A.D. 74
Introduction 76
Crete and Mycenae - The Beginnings of Greek Culture 78
Classical Greece from the Culture of the Polis to the End of Independence 82
The Rise and Fall of a World Power: From Macedonia to the Diadochoi 94
Judea and Arabia before the Romans 102
Carthage: World Power and Rival of Rome 106
The Etruscans: The League to the Roman Empire 108
Rome: From the Beginnings to the End of the Republic 110
In Focus: The Roman Empire 114
The Rule of the Generals and Imperial Rome 120
From Constantine to the Rise of Byzantium 128
Key Ideas: Christianity 130
Armenia and Asia Minor from the Diadochoi to the Romans 136
Persia under the Parthians and the Sassanians 138
Celts, Slavs, and Germanic Tribes 140
The Great Migration of Peoples 146
The Nomad Empires of the Eurasian Steppes 148
Ancient India 150
China's First Emperors of the Qin and Han Dynasties 152
The First Kingdoms in North and Northeast Africa 154
The Middle Ages: 5th-15th century 156
Introduction 158
The Germanic Empires 160
The Kingdom of the Franks 162
The Holy Roman Empire in the High and Late Middle Ages 166
Switzerland 174
France in the High and Late Middle Ages 176
Burgundy and the Netherlands 180
England in the Middle Ages 182
Ireland and Scotland in the Middle Ages 188
Italy in the Middle Ages 190
Spain and Portugal in the Middle Ages 198
Northern Europe 200
Eastern Europe 202
Russia 206
The Byzantine Empire 210
Southeast Europe 214
The Crusades 218
Key Ideas: Islam 224
The Spread of Islam 226
The Mongolian Empire and Its Successors 236
India 240
China after the Han Dynasty 242
Japan 244
Southeast Asia 246
Sub-Saharan Africa 248
The Settlement and Early High Cultures of America 250
The Early Modern Period: 16th-18th century 252
Introduction 254
The German Empire: The Reformation and Its Consequences 256
In Focus: The Reformation 258
The Thirty Years' War 266
The Holy Roman Empire under Enlightened Absolutism 270
France: From the Wars of Religion to the Eve of the Revolution 276
The Rise of England 282
The Netherlands: From the Struggle for Independence to the French Occupation 288
The Italy of Popes and Princes 292
Spain and Portugal 296
Eastern Europe and Scandinavia 302
Russia's Rise as a Great Power 306
The Ottoman Empire, the Great Power of the East 308
North Africa 312
Persia under the Safavids and Qajars 314
Mogul India and the European Trading Companies 318
China under the Ming and Manchu Emperors 322
Japan from the Muromachi Period to the Tokugawa Shogunate 326
Southeast Asia 330
Africa 332
The Ancient American Empires and the Conquest by Spain and Portugal 334
North America to the Founding of Canada and the United States 340
Oceania and Australia to the Arrival of the Europeans 344
The Modern Era: 1789-1914 346
Introduction 348
The French Revolution 350
In Focus: The French Revolution 354
Napoleonic Domination 360
The Industrial Revolution Begins in Europe 368
German States: The Reshaping of Austria and Prussia 374
Imperial Germany 380
Austria-Hungary 384
France 386
Great Britain 390
The Benelux Countries 394
Italy from the Congress of Vienna to the Eve of World War I 396
Portugal and Spain 398
Scandinavia 400
Russia from the Treaty of Tilsit to the Abdication of the Last Czar 402
The Balkans 406
The Ottoman Empire 408
Egypt 410
Persia and Afghanistan 412
India 414
China to the Last of the Emperors 416
Japan 418
Southeast Asia 420
African State Building and Colonization 422
The United States: Beginnings and Rise to World Power 426
Latin America 432
The World Wars and Interwar Period: 1914-1945 436
Introduction 438
The First World War 440
Key Ideas: Ideologies of the 20th Century 446
The Unpopular Democracy: The German Reich 448
Under the Swastika: Nazi Germany 450
Austria: From Habsburg Empire to German "Ostmark" 454
Switzerland: Island of Stability 456
France: Insecurity and Occupation 458
Britain between the World Wars 462
Ireland: Division and Independence 466
Belgium and the Netherlands: Objects of German Power Politics 468
Italy under Fascism 470
Spain and Portugal 472
Scandinavia and the Baltic 474
Poland 476
Hungary and Czechoslovakia 478
The Soviet Union 480
Southeast Europe between the Wars 484
The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire 486
The Reorganization of Arabia 488
Iran and Afghanistan: Battle for Independence 490
India's Path to Independence 492
China between Empire and Communism 494
Imperial Japan and Southeast Asia 496
The British Commonwealth: Emancipation of the British Colonies 500
Africa under Colonial Rule 502
Ethiopia and Egypt: Between Subjugation and Independence 504
Euphoria and Depression: The US between the Wars 506
Latin America 508
The Second World War 510
In Focus: World War II 514
The Contemporary World: 1945 to the present 528
Introduction 530
Trends in World Politics 532
The Path to European Unity 536
Germany 538
Austria 546
Switzerland 548
Great Britain: From Commonwealth to European Union 550
Ireland 554
France 556
Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg 560
Italy 564
Spain: From Military Dictatorship to Constitutional Monarchy 568
Portugal 572
Northern Europe 574
Eastern and Central Europe 576
Yugoslavia 580
Greece and Turkey 582
The Soviet Union and Its Successor States 586
Northwest Africa 594
Israel 596
The Arab World and the Near East 598
Pakistan and India 610
Southeast Asia 612
China, Japan and Korea 618
Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania 624
Africa since the Independence of Its Nations 626
Canada 634
The United States: Global Power 636
Latin America 644
Key Ideas: Globalization 648
Index 650
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