The No-Nonsense Guide to World History

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Overview

Most People's idea of the history of the world is hazy and partial. We know bits and pieces -- battles in a tiny corner of Europe, kings' love affairs -- without ever knowing how they fit together. Here, in The No-Nonsense Guide to World History, are the hidden histories, the continents and communities left out of the conventional textbooks: from the civilizations of Asia, Africa and Latin America to the history of women which has been submerged beneath the flow of wars and politics.

The No-Nonsense Guide to World History integrates these hidden histories with the more familiar narrative of imperial dynasties and superpower battles. It stands back from history's great building to look at its outline instead of focusing on one brick. It aims to tell the whole story in the space of one slim volume -- and to tease out some of the lessons of history that humanity needs to take into the 21st century.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781904456476
  • Publisher: New Internationalist
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: No-Nonsense Guides Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Chris Brazier has been co-editor at New Internationalist magazine since 1984. Previous publications include Vietnam: The Price of Peace and Raging Against the Machine (editor). He is also principal writer for UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children report.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Introduction 8
1 In the beginning 10
2 Pharaohs and priestesses 17
3 Superpowers and barbarians 22
4 God and the spirit 27
5 Greek and Latin 32
6 The rise and rise of religion 39
7 Light in the East 46
8 Wars of the cross 52
9 Glory and murder in the New World 60
10 The hidden continent 68
11 Shadow of the Sun King 76
12 The American way 81
13 The power and plenty of Asia 88
14 Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite 92
15 Revolution 97
16 Carving up the world 102
17 Total war 111
18 The power of the workers 114
19 Capitalism and Fascism 117
20 The radical 20th century 124
Marking time: chronology 137
Index 144
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