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Cassell's Chronology of World History: Dates, Events and Ideas That Made History
     

Cassell's Chronology of World History: Dates, Events and Ideas That Made History

by Hywel Williams
 

This extraordinary reference provides a comprehensive summary of world history from the earliest recorded evens to the start of the third millennium. Arranged in an accessible year by year form that invites browsing, it answers research questions, and illuminates similarities and contrasts between different nations and different ages. With narrative essays

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This extraordinary reference provides a comprehensive summary of world history from the earliest recorded evens to the start of the third millennium. Arranged in an accessible year by year form that invites browsing, it answers research questions, and illuminates similarities and contrasts between different nations and different ages. With narrative essays preceding every section, spotlight essays on key historical themes, and detailed profiles of 101 of history's most influential thinkers, it offers a depth of insight that goes far beyond a mere listing of important dates. Here is the whole vast panorama of history in every region of the globe-wars, migrations, disasters, discoveries, inventions, the birth of new religions, the rise and fall of nations-complete with authoritative commentary that pulls it all together in a broad and informative perspective.

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Library Journal
Constructing an inclusive chronology of world history across several thousand years is difficult at best, but Welsh historian Williams (Guilty Men: Conservative Decline and Fall 1992-97) succeeds on the whole. Starting with the earliest human fossils, discovered in Ethiopia, the book settles into a sequential listing of the leading events of world history through the early 21st century. The text is arranged into four major sections-"The Ancient and Medieval Worlds, 135,000 B.P.-1449," "The Early Modern World, 1450-1799," The Nineteenth Century World, 1800-1899," and "The Modern World, 1900-2004"-each of which is subdivided by continent and such categories as "Economy and Society," "Science and Technology," and "Arts and Humanities." Highlights assigned to particular years include significant occurrences and people, new music and literature, and discoveries and other data. Each section also includes essays on themes such as religious conflict, economic conditions, or political movements. In addition, biographical profiles that place selected major individuals in their historical contexts are scattered throughout. The book contains a helpful index but unfortunately no bibliography or endnotes, leaving us to speculate where the information came from. Bottom Line This affordable and browseable work is more wide-ranging than The Wilson Calendar of World History (edited by S.H. Steinberg and others). Recommended for public libraries and, with reservations, for undergraduate academic libraries.-Judith Klamm, Kansas City P.L., MO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780304357307
Publisher:
Cassell Reference
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
780
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 9.84(h) x 2.51(d)

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