on 30 January 2013
I like the series, they are funny and tell some of the lesser told parts of history.
One have to remember that they are written for 10-15 year old-ish.
the author have said that it is difficult not to write something wrong, because the first constants used to be considered the truth, but by the time the rest of the book had been written, those truths had been disproved.
Also a good theme in the books is that you shouldn't always believe what a historian have written, because the winner writes the history.
on 18 June 2004
...this paperback is larger than the regular titles in the 'Horrible History' series of books.
'History can be horrible. But some bits of history are more horrible than others. And one of the most gruesome, gory and gut-churning bits of history is the history of revolutions and rebellions.
What's the difference between a revolution and a rebellion? Glad you asked me that...'
'Rowdy Revolutions' gives you terrifying tales of rebellions and revolutions ~ from the earliest days of horrible history to the pitiful present day.
Want to know:
♦ which Chinese emperor was overthrown by his Mum?
♦ why one revolution made ugly people very scared indeed?
♦ what Count Dracula was 'really' like?
Read on for amazing information about nobbled nobles, loathsome lords, weary workers and furious farmers. Find out about the gruesome guillotine in the French Revolution, meet legendary leaders like Leon Trotsky, and discover how to plan your own rowdy revolution.
History has never been so horrible!'
A colourful cover opens to 190 pages, split over chapters, twixt an introduction and an epilogue:
1. Awful incidents
2. Revolting Romans
3. Ruthless rulers
4. Miserable Middle Ages
5. Savage 16th Century
6. Sad 17th Century
7. Awesome Americans
8. The French Revolution
9. Nasty 19th Century
10. Crazy Communards
11. Torturing 20th Century
12. Cruel communists
13. How to be revolting
Packed with black & white illustrations & cartoons and written in various type styles to draw the eye, this informative book features the usual Deary humour throughout, e.g.
'Sad 17th Century
In England, the 16th-century rebels failed to overthrow their rulers. But their 17th Century successors succeeded spectacularly!
Yes, all right, Guy Fawkes's plot was a bit of a damp squib in 1605, at the start of the Stuart reign, but later Stuart subjects rocketed to success. Not only did they get rid of King Charles I but they got rid of his son, James II, too!...'