TEN GREAT EVENTS IN HISTORY

TEN GREAT EVENTS IN HISTORY

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by James Johonnot
     
 

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CONTENTS.

I.--DEFENSE OF FREEDOM BY GREEK VALOR

II.--CRUSADES AND THE CRUSADERS

III.--DEFENSE OF FREEDOM IN ALPINE PASSES

IV.--BRUCE AND BANNOCKBURN.

V.--COLUMBUS AND THE NEW WORLD

VI.--DEFENSE OF FREEDOM ON DUTCH DIKES

VII.--THE INVINCIBLE ARMADA

VIII.--FREEDOM'S VOYAGE TO…  See more details below

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CONTENTS.

I.--DEFENSE OF FREEDOM BY GREEK VALOR

II.--CRUSADES AND THE CRUSADERS

III.--DEFENSE OF FREEDOM IN ALPINE PASSES

IV.--BRUCE AND BANNOCKBURN.

V.--COLUMBUS AND THE NEW WORLD

VI.--DEFENSE OF FREEDOM ON DUTCH DIKES

VII.--THE INVINCIBLE ARMADA

VIII.--FREEDOM'S VOYAGE TO AMERICA

IX.--PLASSEY; AND HOW AN EMPIRE WAS WON

X.--LEXINGTON AND BUNKER HILL




TEN GREAT EVENTS IN HISTORY.




CHAPTER I.

_DEFENSE OF FREEDOM BY GREEK VALOR._


1. The great events in history are those where, upon special
occasions, a man or a people have made a stand against tyranny, and
have preserved or advanced freedom for the people. Sometimes tyranny
has taken the form of the oppression of the many by the few in the
same nation, and sometimes it has been the oppression of a weak nation
by a stronger one. The successful revolt against tyranny, the terrible
conflict resulting in the emancipation of a people, has always been
the favorite theme of the historian, marking as it does a step in the
progress of mankind from a savage to a civilized state.

2. One of the earliest as well as most notable of these conflicts of
which we have an authentic account took place in Greece twenty-four
hundred years ago, or five hundred years before the Christian era. At
that time nearly all of Europe was inhabited by rude barbarous tribes.
In all that broad land the arts and sciences which denote civilization
had made their appearance only in the small and apparently
insignificant peninsula of Greece, lying on the extreme southeast
border adjoining Asia.

3. At a period before authentic history begins, it is probable that
roving tribes of shepherds from the north took possession of the hills
and valleys of Greece. Shut off on the north by mountain ranges, and
on all other sides surrounded by the sea, these tribes were able to
maintain a sturdy independence for many hundred years. The numerous
harbors and bays which subdivide Greece invited to a maritime life,
and at a very early time, the descendants of the original shepherds
became skillful navigators and courageous adventurers.

4. The voyages of Aeneas and Ulysses in the siege of Troy, and those
of Jason in search of the golden fleece, and of Perseus to the court
of King Minos, are the mythological accounts, embellished by
imagination and distorted by time, of what were real voyages. Crossing
the Mediterranean, Grecian adventurers became acquainted with the
Egyptians, then the most civilized people of the world; and from Egypt
they took back to their native country the germs of the arts and
sciences which afterward made Greece so famous.

5. Thence improvements went forward with rapid strides. Hints received
from Egypt were reproduced in higher forms. Massive temples became
light and airy, rude sculpture became beautiful by conforming to
natural forms, and hieroglyphics developed into the letters which
Cadmus invented or improved. Schools were established, athletic sports
were encouraged, aesthetic taste was developed, until in the arts, in
philosophy, in science, and in literature the Greeks took the lead of
all peoples.

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ISBN-13:
2940013823990
Publisher:
SAP
Publication date:
12/07/2011
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