From the Inside Flap
People often complain that in school history lessons they were taught just a few topics - the Romans, the Tudors, the Nazis - and how they have no idea at all about what happened in between. To remedy this, World History: 50 Key Milestones You Really Need to Know offers informative and stimulating outlines of crucial developments across all continents and ages, from the beginning of agriculture 10,000 years ago to the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11. Ian Crofton, the author of numerous books of popular history, brings his lively style to bear in a series of essays ranging from ancient Egypt to modern China, from the Vikings and the Mongols to the French Revolution and the Cold War. Each chapter is accompanied by a detailed timeline of dates and events, and the flavour of the period concerned is brought to life by selected contemporary quotations from figures as diverse as Aristotle, Saladin, Christopher Columbus, Galileo, Thomas Jefferson, Mary Wollstonecraft, Lincoln and Winston Churchill. In addition, each brief, insightful article sheds light on a range of fascinating topics, from the Nazca Lines to Renaissance man, from Confucianism to Alexander the Great's horse, from Islamic science and the Barbary corsairs to the Enigma code and the atomic bomb. Both enlightening and stimulating, this is all the history you will ever need to know.
From the Back Cover
The beginnings of agriculture; The first cities; Egypt of the pharaohs; Classical Greece; Alexander the Great; The spread of Roman power; The fall of Rome and its aftermath; The rise of Islam; The Vikings; The Crusades; The Black Death; Precolonial India; Imperial China; The Mongols; Japan, the island empire; Incas and Aztecs; Empires and kingdoms of Africa; The Renaissance; The Ottoman Empire; The voyages of discovery; The Reformation; The Counter-Reformation; The English Revolution; The Scientific Revolution; The age of empire; The Enlightenment; The American Revolution; The French Revolution; The Napoleonic era; The Industrial Revolution; Nationalism in Europe; Slavery; The expansion of the USA; The American Civil War; The rise of socialism; Women's rights; The First World War; Lenin and Stalin; The shadow of Fascism; The Great Depression; The Second World War: Europe; The Second World War: Asia; The Holocaust; The Cold War; The end of empire; The Vietnam War; The Arab-Israeli conflict; The fall of communism; The resurgence of China; 9/11 and after.