The world is plagued by many conflicts, yet people have no real idea just how far back the root causes go. There are also a number of beliefs that fuel many of these conflicts that also have their origins in the past. This book explains in broad and often hysterically funny terms why these conflicts have occurred, focusing on the ancient and medieval historical causes, including how many beliefs came to be developed into their modern counterparts. It also seeks to point out just how idiotic many of these issues actually are, using humor to emphasise the stupidity, selfishness and ego of the people and organisations involved. Apart from looking at the historical antecedents to these conflicts, the book also develops a theme that people's understanding of the past has been manipulated and distorted by other peoples and groups with specific agendas. Why, for example, is there such antipathy between the Modern West and Islam? How has the history of the English Monarchy been distorted to support the agendas of various kings? Where did democracy come from, and why are its flaws never acknowledged? How many lies have started conflicts throughout history? This book attempts to answer these and other questions. So if you're looking for a history book written in the style of a Douglas Adams or Monty Python, this is it.
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