World's Bloodiest History

World's Bloodiest History

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by Joseph Cummins
     
 

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In a somber survey leavened by sparse but inspiring accounts of heroism, author Joseph Cummins revisits some of the most dreadful and destructive acts of violence in history—from moments of sheer madness and merciless military offensives, such as that

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In a somber survey leavened by sparse but inspiring accounts of heroism, author Joseph Cummins revisits some of the most dreadful and destructive acts of violence in history—from moments of sheer madness and merciless military offensives, such as that of the Spanish conquistadors in 1521 in what is now Mexico City, to clinically orchestrated campaigns of genocide, as took place in early twentieth-century Armenia, Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, and 1970s Cambodia. Engaging, harrowing, and enlightening, his accounts convey the terror and trauma of these incidents while identifying the zealotry, prejudices, and animosities that fuelled them, and analyzing, in revealing fashion, their enduring and sometimes insidious influence on history.

Handsomely illustrated with more than 100 striking, sometimes shocking, archival images gathered from around the world, The World’s Bloodiest History combines compelling depictions of momentous events with fascinating character portraits and arresting eyewitness accounts to create an absorbing, multifaceted chronicle of a sobering, all-too-human legacy.

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“Even a casual reading of history reveals that the past 5,000 years of human ‘civilization’ have been filled with the most horrific cruelty and The World’s Bloodiest History by Joseph Cummins is testimony to that. Suffice it to say this is not light reading, but it does address questions such as why mobs become killing machines, the Nazis could craft a deliberate genocide, political ideologies become killing grounds, and all the worst aspects of human behavior, zealotry, prejudices, and animosities fuel the never-ending scars on civilization as it progresses from one event to another.”

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In a somber survey leavened by sparse but inspiring accounts of heroism, author Joseph Cummins revisits some of the most dreadful and destructive acts of violence in history—from moments of sheer madness and merciless military offensives, such as that of the Spanish conquistadors in 1521 in what is now Mexico City, to clinically orchestrated campaigns of genocide, as took place in early twentieth-century Armenia, Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, and 1970s Cambodia. Engaging, harrowing, and enlightening, his accounts convey the terror and trauma of these incidents while identifying the zealotry, prejudices, and animosities that fuelled them, and analyzing, in revealing fashion, their enduring and sometimes insidious influence on history. Handsomely illustrated with more than 100 striking, sometimes shocking, archival images gathered from around the world, The World’s Bloodiest History combines compelling depictions of momentous events with fascinating character portraits and arresting eyewitness accounts to create an absorbing, multifaceted chronicle of a sobering, all-too-human legacy.

Our History Project Blog
It is hard to describe a book with this title or its subject matter as a great read, much less an enjoyable book. However that is what Joseph Cummins did. I am talking 5 stars, straight through the uprights, 3 points and nothin’ but net.

The World’s Bloodiest History was one of those books I could not put down….It is a book about racial and secular superiority. It is a book about greed and hate. It is a book about intolerance. It is a book about so many things, feelings, thoughts and actions. However, it is a book about hope, knowledge and courage to stand up to say this will not happen again…If you are like me, it just may be a book that never ends. Pick it up, borrow it, check it out, download it; however you can get it, this is a book that you will want to read—and never completely put down.

Book News Inc.
From the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572, to the Massacre at Srebrenica in 1995, this color-illustrated reference offers a serious yet accessible look at history's darkest episodes of genocide and violence, for general readers and students in high school and up. Political, religious, and cultural causes and consequences are considered for the killings, which have been selected due to their impact on world history and human societies. Narrative chapters incorporate eyewitness accounts and stories of heroism, and include dramatic details while avoiding sensationalism for its own sake. A brief introduction discusses common elements that massacres share, looks at the failure of international organizations to halt genocides, and points to the hope represented by recent UN doctrines. The book is illustrated with about 100 color and b&w historical and contemporary photos, maps, and illustrations. Some of the photos are shocking in their depiction of the realities of genocide.

World History Blog
"...a worthy read...This is an area that I wish many students learn about in hopes it may cut down on these events in the future."

Library Journal
Cummins (The War Chronicles) compiles short vignettes about violent episodes throughout history. With bloodshed as its sole organizing concept, it's one of those books that you can imagine on the bargain shelves. Not recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592334025
Publisher:
Fair Winds Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Cummins is the author of War Chronicles: From Chariots to Flintlocks, War Chronicles: From Flintlocks to Machine Guns, History’s Great Untold Stories, and Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns. He has also edited two anthologies for Lyon’s Press, Cannibals: Shocking True Stories of the Last Taboo on Land and at Sea and The Greatest Search and Rescue Stories Ever Told, and written a novel, The Snow Train. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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World's Bloodiest History: The Scars Military Massacres Left on Civilization 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ourhistoryproject More than 1 year ago
THE WORLDS BLOODIEST HISTORY: Massacre, Genocide and the scars they left on Civilization By JOSEPH CUMMINS Fairwinds Press, 319 pages Craig Anderson - Our History Project It is hard to describe a book with this title or its subject matter as a great read, much less an enjoyable book. However that is what Joseph Cummins did...I am talking 5 stars, straight through the uprights, 3 points and nothin' but net. Ok, let me explain from a Reviewer/Reader stand point. I receive a lot of books to review and sometimes I receive a book that is sound, has a good looking cover and it draws me in somehow. I read the first two chapters. If it holds my attention I keep going, if not it's to the center of the book I go for a middle chapter or two then two the last couple of chapters. By then I have gauged the quality and the intent, and have a solid foundation to judge (in my personal opinion) that its good, bad or average. As an Historian and Researcher, I am looking for the complete story. I am looking for primary and secondary sources to back up that story(s). I am looking for names, dates, events and witnesses that can tell the story. And, though it is hard I am looking for the mind set, or both sides of the story, kind of the story behind the story if you will. The World's Bloodiest History was one of those books I could not put down. I actually read it over and over and went on my own researching quest behind the stories after each chapter. Now, that is something that no other book in my history of reading has compelled me to do.None, Nada, Zip. Not after each chapter. What does this book that I am raving about have in it? Why am I so engrossed within the pages? Well, as the title states it's the world's bloodiest history. It covers eighteen (18) events that truly impacted the world and thier countries for generations. It is a book about racial and secular superiority. It is a book about greed and hate. It is a book about intolerance. It is a book about so many things, feelings, thoughts and actions. However, it is a book about hope, knowledge and courage to stand up to say this will not happen again. We actually did our interview with Joseph Cummins a couple of months ago and it was aired on OHP in December. Guess what, I'm still reading it. What I love about this book is that for each chapter, you may not know a thing about the events, lets take the "Colfax Massacre" for instance. This was one of the stories that I did not know. Written with in that chapter there are eighteen (18) pages that cover the event and tragedy. The unbelievable part is..when I finished those eighteen (18) pages, I actually knew the who, what, when, where, why and how of that story. Imagine, each chapter is like that. Yes, every one. From the Carthaginians in 146 BCE to the Massacre at Srebrenica, its there and you will have a grounded understanding of each event when your done. If you are like me.. it just may be a book that never ends. Pick it up, borrow it, check it out, download it; however you can get it, this is a book that you will want to read.and never completely put down. Craig
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have studied history and genocide for decades and found this book to be a good starter. There are numerous errors but the majority of the text is easily verified. Good book for a casual read, but verify facts if your citing it in research (a good thing to do with any book!).