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If history scares you or bores you silly, that's probably because a teacher once required you to memorize a bunch of dates – when things like the Magna Carta and the Versailles Treaty were signed, for example. Admittedly, dates are a big part of history, but only because historical events happened in a certain order. If Columbus hadn't sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred and ninety-two, the Mayflower Pilgrims might not have looked west for a place to practice their Puritan religion almost 130 years later. The eventual outcome? No day-after-Thanksgiving mob scenes at the mall.

So you may be asking, "How can a 330-page book cover the complete history of the world?" The short answer is that it can't. To cover thousands of years in one book would be impossible. What is possible is a skimming of the surface of world history, which is what you'll find in World History For Dummies. This book provides a fun and friendly overview of the history of the world, providing glimpses into the major players and events that have made the world what it is today.

Because the history of the world is such a grand topic, a comprehensive list of what you'll find in World History For Dummies would be almost as long as the book itself. So here are a few highlights to pique your interest:

  • Discover how to look at history from the historian's perspective
  • Becoming civilized: The invention of writing and art
  • Scientific developments that revolutionized the world
  • Building empires: From Rome to Russia
  • War and peace (no, not the Tolstoy novel)
  • The development of the world's religions
  • Overviews of the essential historical documents that you must know – from the Bible to the Bill of Rights

Anyone with at least a passing interest in history can find value in World History For Dummies – whether you're a student or a teacher in need of a broad historical overview, a history buff looking for new fascinating areas of interest, or if you just want to be the best darned Trivial Pursuit player in your neighborhood!

Synopsis:

A title that garners acclaim as both a classroom resource and a general reader, the new edition of World History For Dummiesfeatures 25 percent new and updated content, including:
  • The events of September 11, 2001
  • The U.S.wars in Afghanistanand Iraq
  • The world’s focus on climate change and efforts to curb its impact
  • The rise of China, India, and Brazilas world economic powers
  • The natural disasters of Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and the 2004 Tsunami that devastated Sri Lankaand Indonesia

Synopsis:

'Now updated–the one-stop guide to significant events in world history

Written for students and lifelong learners, this detailed overview of human history takes readers from the discovery of fire to the birth of the Internet. It features new coverage of significant events that have reshaped our world view: the events of September 11, 2001; the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; recent responses climate change; the rise of China, India, and Brazil as world economic powers; and the natural disasters of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka and Indonesia. It also explores the current trends in historical research and how researchers are re-examining everything from the writings of Marco Polo to the arrival of humans in the Americas. '

About the Author

Peter Haugen (Madison, Wisconsin) is an accomplished university lecturer, journalist, and author.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

History: The Ultimate Soap Opera.

Getting to the Truth — or Something Close.

Positively post-historic.

A few words about biases.

Conventions Used in This Book.

Making sense of AD, BC, CE, and BCE.

Keeping an eye out for icons.

How to Read This Book.

Part I: Getting Into History.

Part II: Civilizations.

Part III: Mind, Soul, Heart.

Part IV: War.

Part V: People.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Part I: Getting Into History.

Chapter 1: Finding the Bodies: Real Stories, Real People.

Chapter 2: Making History Happen.

Part II: Civilizations.

Chapter 3: Getting Civilized.

Chapter 4: Not All Roads Led to Rome.

Chapter 5: Transitioning Through the Middle Ages.

Chapter 6: Contending for World Domination.

Chapter 7: Grabbing the Globe.

Chapter 8: Clashing on a Worldwide Scale.

Part III: Mind, Soul, Heart.

Chapter 9: Believing and Believers.

Chapter 10: Sharing a Love of Wisdom.

Chapter 11: Being Christian, Thinking Greek.

Chapter 12: Awakening to the Renaissance.

Chapter 13: Making a Break: The Reformation.

Chapter 14: Opening Up to Science and Enlightenment.

Part IV: War.

Chapter 15: Hurling Sticks and Stones.

Chapter 16: Advancing the Technology of War.

Chapter 17: Reshaping Warfare in a Contemporary Mold.

Part V: People.

Chapter 18: Founding Something Lasting.

Chapter 19: Battling Toward Lasting Fame.

Chapter 20: Venturing Out: Voyagers.

Chapter 21: Overturning Societies

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Unforgettable Dates.

Chapter 23: Ten Essential Documents.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780764552427
Author:
Haugen, Peter
Publisher:
For Dummies
Location:
Foster City, CA
Subject:
History
Subject:
World
Subject:
World history
Subject:
World - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies (Lifestyles)
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
Online electronic file accessible through online networks
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9.21x7.44x.96 in. 1.49 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A title that garners acclaim as both a classroom resource and a general reader, the new edition of World History For Dummiesfeatures 25 percent new and updated content, including:
  • The events of September 11, 2001
  • The U.S.wars in Afghanistanand Iraq
  • The world’s focus on climate change and efforts to curb its impact
  • The rise of China, India, and Brazilas world economic powers
  • The natural disasters of Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and the 2004 Tsunami that devastated Sri Lankaand Indonesia
"Synopsis" by , 'Now updated–the one-stop guide to significant events in world history

Written for students and lifelong learners, this detailed overview of human history takes readers from the discovery of fire to the birth of the Internet. It features new coverage of significant events that have reshaped our world view: the events of September 11, 2001; the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; recent responses climate change; the rise of China, India, and Brazil as world economic powers; and the natural disasters of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka and Indonesia. It also explores the current trends in historical research and how researchers are re-examining everything from the writings of Marco Polo to the arrival of humans in the Americas. '

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