Here are stories from pre-history right up unitl today and from Africa to everywhere around the globe.
The Birth of the Modern: World Society 1815-1830
This is an extraordinary chronicle of the fifteen years, 1815-1830, that laid the foundations of modern society. It is a history of people, ideas, politics, manners, morals, economics, art, science and technology, diplomacy, business and commerce, literature, and revolution.
The Penguin History Of The World
The completely updated edition of J. M. Roberts and Odd Arne Westad's widely acclaimed, landmark bestseller The Penguin History of the World For generations of readers The Penguin History of the World has been one of the great cultural experiences - the entire story of human endeavour laid out in all its grandeur and folly, drama and pain in a single authoritative book.
Capital: in the Twenty-First Century
What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns.
After Tamerlane: The Global History Of Empire
After Tamerlane, a series of huge, stable empires were founded and consolidated— Chinese, Mughal, Persian, and Ottoman—realms of such grandeur, sophistication, and dynamism that they outclassed the fragmentary, quarrelsome nations of Europe in every respect. The nineteenth century saw these empires fall vulnerable to European conquest, creating an age of anarchy and exploitation, but this had largely ended by the twenty-first century, with new Chinese and Indian super-states and successful independent states in Turkey and Iran.
An examination of the processes of cultural and historical evolution as seen through the archaeological evidence left by the prehistoric societies of Europe, Egypt, and Asia.
Time’s Arrow Times Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time
Rarely has a scholar attained such popular acclaim merely by doing what he does best and enjoys most. But such is Stephen Jay Gould's command of paleontology and evolutionary theory, and his gift for brilliant explication, that he has brought dust and dead bones to life, and developed an immense following for the seeming arcana of this field.
The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire
Our early ancestors lived in small groups and worked actively to preserve social equality. As they created larger societies, however, inequality rose, and by 2500 bce truly egalitarian societies were on the wane. In The Creation of Inequality, Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus demonstrate that this development was not simply the result of population increase, food surplus, or the accumulation of valuables. Instead, inequality resulted from conscious manipulation of the unique social logic that lies at the core of every human group.
Historians’ Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought
Here are the logical tools for historians and readers of history to consider. This book proves there are forms that must be observed when writing or thinking about history. The books ultimate message is one of optimism; it demonstrates that historians do have honest, important and pleasurable tasks to do.
Time’s Arrows: Scientific Attitudes Toward Time
This book links different fields of science and mathematics with time; it also shows how the concept of time developed and how it has affected human civilization. From the ancient's philosophy of cyclical time to the expansion of the universe, the concept of time is at the center of human thought.
Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present
Humans have always been interested in their origins, but historians have been reluctant to write about the long stretches of time before the invention of writing. In fact, the deep past was left out of most historical writing almost as soon as it was discovered. This breakthrough book, as important for readers interested in the present as in the past,brings science into history to offer a dazzling new vision of humanity across time.
The Origins of Modern Germany
The turbulent history of Germany up to World War II has its roots in a thousand years, from the coronation of Charlemagne in 800 A. D. to hegemony and subsequent foundation of medieval Germany, to the rise of Prussian power under Bismarck. Goeffrey Barraclough’s classic work of historiography deals with this complex millennium with unmatched authority and depth of knowledge.
ideas: a history of thought and invention, form fire to freud
Peter Watson's hugely ambitious and stimulating history of ideas from deep antiquity to the present day—from the invention of writing, mathematics, science, and philosophy to the rise of such concepts as the law, sacrifice, democracy, and the soul—offers an illuminated path to a greater understanding of our world and ourselves.
Millennium: A History Of The Last Thousand Years
An engaging work by a prize-winning historian traces the progress and regress of the world's civilizations over the past thousand years and shows how the capacity of one people to influence another has shifted geographically.
Tournament Of Shadows: The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia
The original Great Game, the clandestine struggle between Russia and Britain for mastery of Central Asia, has long been regarded as one of the greatest geopolitical conflicts in history. Many believed that control of the vast Eurasian heartland was the key to world dominion. The original Great Game ended with the Russian Revolution, but the geopolitical struggles in Central Asia continue to the present day.
The Time Before History: 5 Million Years Of Human Impact
Drawing on the findings of geology, anthropology, archaeology and earth science, Colin Tudge discusses in detail and intertwines histories of the planet Earth and the evolution of humankind..
After Eden: The Evolution Of Human Domination
In After Eden, Kirkpatrick Sale integrates research in paleontology, archaeology, and anthropology, he points to the beginning of big-game hunting as the origin of Homo sapiens’ estrangement from the natural world. Sale contends that a new, recognizably modern human culture based on the hunting of large animals developed in Africa some 70,000 years ago in response to a fierce plunge in worldwide temperature triggered by an enormous volcanic explosion in Asia. Tracing the migration of populations and the development of hunting thousands of years forward in time, he shows that hunting became increasingly adversarial in relation to the environment as people fought over scarce prey during Europe’s glacial period between 35,000 and 10,000 years ago.
A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind And The Renaissance, Portrait Of An Age
From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than thte Middle Ages. William Manchester leads us from a civilization torttering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth - the Renaissance.
Burning To Read: English Fundamentalism and Its Reformation Opponents
The evidence is everywhere: fundamentalist reading can stir passions and provoke violence that changes the world. Amid such present-day conflagrations, this illuminating book reminds us of the sources, and profound consequences, of Christian fundamentalism in the sixteenth century.
The Philosophy Of History In Our Time: An Anthology Selected and Edited by Hans Meyerhoff
An Anthology Selected and Edited by Hans Meyerhoff. This careful selection of writings by major 20th century historians and philosophers centers on crucial contemporary debate -- the nature and validity of historical analysis and the role of the historian in discovering and confirming the past experience of the race.
History And The Idea Of Progress
When Francis Fukuyama published his essay on the end of history, there was a good deal of controversey about the ideals of liberal democracy and whether or not it was truly the end of human development. This collection of essays summarizes the critiques that were made about his claim.
The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding
The history of the birth of Australia which came out of the suffereing and brutality of England's infamous convict transportation system. With 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps.
A History Of Africa: The Quest For Eternal Harmony
This book provides a wide-ranging history of Africa from earliest prehistory to the present day – using the cultural, social, political, and economic lenses of Africa as instruments to illuminate the ordinary lives of Africans. The result is a fresh survey that includes a wealth of indigenous ideas, African concepts, and traditional outlooks that have escaped the writing of African history in the West.
A History China
Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. Taking into account the country’s unrivaled, voluminous tradition of history writing, John Keay has composed a vital and illuminating overview of the nation’s complex and vivid past.
The Dynasties Of China: A History
Shang, Chou, Han, T'ang, Sung, Yuan, Ming, Ch'ing — for most Westerners, they stand only as adjectives to describe a lacquer, a bronze, a silk, a watercolor. And for all the familiarity a blue and white porcelain vase from the Ming dynasty or the bright and sturdy pottery figures of horses and grooms from the T'ang may now have acquired, the history of the civilization that produced them remains obscure. So do the names of the potters and artists and philosophers and emperors and generals — except perhaps for those of Kublai Khan, who was not Chinese, and K'ung Fu Tzu — known as Confucius — who flourished a century before Socrates.
Reappraisals: Reflections On The Forgotten Twentieth Century
We have entered an age of forgetting. Our world, we insist, is unprecedented, wholly new. The past has nothing to teach us. Drawing provocative connections between a dazzling range of subjects, from Jewish intellectuals and the challenge of evil in the recent European past to the interpretation of the Cold War and the displacement of history by heritage, the late historian Tony Judt takes us beyond what we think we know of the past to explain how we came to know it, showing how much of our history has been sacrificed in the triumph of myth-making over understanding and denial over memory.
The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 1781-1997
After the American Revolution, the British Empire appeared to be doomed. But over the next 150 years it grew to become the greatest and most diverse empire the world has ever seen—ranging from Canada to Australia to China, India, and Egypt—seven times larger than the Roman Empire at its apogee. Britannia ruled the waves and a quarter of the earth.
War at the Top Of The World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Tibet
Beginning with the premise that South Asia is one of the most combustible regions on the planet (a 1993 CIA study rated Kashmir as the most likely place for a nuclear war to begin), veteran foreign correspondent Margolis goes poking around the region, wondering where the spark will originate, discussing Afghanistan (especially the heavy American and Pakistani involvement in the area), the border conflicts in Kashmir and Siachen between India and Pakistan, and China's occupation of Tibet.
The Life And Death Of A Druid Prince: How the discovery of Lindow Man revealed the secrets of a lost civilization
The tale they reconstruct of a highborn mystic accopting a grisly death so the gods might save his nation from the Roman invaders is eerie and majistic.
Timewalkers: The Prehistory Of Global Colonization
The notion of progress still bedevils our conception of prehistory, with human evolution persistently seen as a movement from inferior to superior, primitive to advanced, simple to complex. Timewalkers extricates prehistory from the myths and distortions created by this view of the past. By focusing on changes in behavior and stressing the deliberate human purpose our ancestors displayed in their migrations, Clive Gamble produces a fresh and frankly provocative synthesis of the archaeology of the last three million years.
From Lucy To Language
In 1974 in a remote region of Ethiopia, Donald Johanson, then one of America's most promising young paleoanthropologists, discovered "Lucy", the oldest, best preserved skeleton of any erect-walking human ever found. This discovery prompted a complete reevaluation of previous evidence for human origins.
Fifty Key Thinkers on History
Fifty Key Thinkers on History is an essential guide to the most influential historians, theorists and philosophers of history. The entries offer comprehensive coverage of the long history of historiography ranging from ancient China, Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages to the contemporary world. This third edition has been updated throughout and features new entries on Machiavelli, Ranajit Guha, William McNeil and Niall Ferguson.
History & Historians In The Nineteenth Century
Interestingly written, based on wide research, and the first survey of such magnitude and scholarship to be attempted in any language.
The Development Of Historiography
A comprehensive and up-to-date (1954) volume on the history of historical writing. This book presents an account of the historical writing and its development from its beginning to the present.
Wrinkles In Time: Witness to the Birth of the Universe
Astrophysicist George Smoot spent decades pursuing the origin of the cosmos, "the holy grail of science," a relentless hunt that led him from the rain forests of Brazil to the frozen wastes of Antarctica. In his search he struggled against time, the elements, and the forces of ignorance and bureaucratic insanity. Finally, after years of research, Smoot and his dedicated team of Berkeley researchers succeeded in proving the unprovable—uncovering, inarguably and for all time, the secrets of the creation of the universe.
Russia and the United States: U.S.-Soviet relations from theSoviet point of view
Russia and the United States—an account of American-Russian relations written for an American audience by Soviet historians—represents a novel venture for both scholarship and publishing. Its often startling perspective on American foreign policy is required reading for anyone wishing to understand the increasingly troubled relations between the two nations.
The Measure Of Reality: Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600
Western Europeans were among the first, if not the first, to invent mechanical clocks, geometrically precise maps, double-entry bookkeeping, precise algebraic and musical notations, and perspective painting. More people in Western Europe thought quantitatively in the sixteenth century than in any other part of the world, enabling them to become the world's leaders.
Mapping Time: The Calendar and Its History
This fascinating book draws together a wealth of diverse material on the much-trusted (and rarely disputed) phenomenon we know as the calendar. From the fundamentals of astronomy to the world's ancient time-keeping schemes, to the development of the modern-day calendar, to the precise calculation of when specific dates occur (as in how one arrives at the date for Easter Sunday), this is a skillful yet approachable discussion of the calendar from both the historical and contemporary perspectives.
Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures
Aveni . . . explores the interplay of culture and time in this edifying and readable cross-cultural study of timekeeping through the ages.
Time the Familiar Stranger
No part of existence is more intimately familiar, yet more elusive and mysterious, than time. This wide-ranging, learned, and accessible book surveys the enormous variety of our understandings of time, both in the everyday world and in the specialized realms of the sciences and humanities.
The Power Of Gold: The History Of An Obsession
This bestselling book reveals a record of human nature in the ubiquity of gold with a new foreword by Paul Volcker In this exciting book, the late Peter L. Bernstein tells the story of history's most coveted, celebrated, and inglorious asset: gold. From the ancient fascinations of Moses and Midas through the modern convulsions caused by the gold standard and its aftermath, gold has led many of its most eager and proud possessors to a bad end.
From Dawn To Decadence 1500 To The Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life
The triumphs and defeats of five hundred years form an inspiring saga that modifies the current impression of one long tale of oppression by white European males. Women and their deeds are prominent, and freedom (even in sexual matters) is not an invention of the last decades. And when Barzun rates the present not as a culmination but a decline, he is in no way a prophet of doom. Instead, he shows decadence as the creative novelty that will burst forth -- tomorrow or the next day.
Nineteenth Century European Civilization 1815 – 1914
The years from 1815 to 1914 were remarkably peaceful and prosperous years, during which the peoples of Europe increased in wealth, in living standards, and above all in numbers. During this period more than forty million emigrants left their European homes to settle in other continents. This book follows the adventures of the European peoples overseas step by step with those of the Old World nations.
Europe: A History
This is the first major history of Europe to give equal weight to both East and West, and it shines light on fascinating minority communities, from heretics and lepers to Gypsies, Jews, and Muslims. It also takes an innovative approach, combining traditional narrative with unique features that help bring history alive.
Genghis Khan: and the Making of the Modern World
The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege.
World prehistory: in new perspective
'To qualify as human, a hominid has, so to say, to justify himself by works: the criteria are no longer biological so much as cultural'. In this 1977 book, Professor Grahame Clark goes on to trace the origins and development of human culture, in all its diversity, throughout the world. He follows the intellectual, material and social progress of mankind in each major region, from the earliest stone industries of two million years ago to the gradual and still incomplete attainment of literacy over the last five thousand years.
The World in 1800
From Europe?s bloodstained landscape to the prosperous ports and homesteads of a nascent United States, from the Spanish dominions of Central and South America to the slave trading posts of Africa?s Gold Coast and the lavish interiors of China?s Forbidden City, Bernier takes us on a dizzying journey around the world, providing a finely textured portrait of civilization at the dawn of the modern era..
1688 A Global History
Wills paints a detailed picture of how the global connections of power, money, and belief were beginning to lend the world its modern form. "A vivid picture of life in 1688...filled with terrifying violence, frightening diseases...comfortingly familiar human kindnesses...and the intellectual achievements of Leibniz, Locke, and Newton."
1434 The Year A Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed To Italy And Ignited The Renaissance
The brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result of a rediscovery of the ideas and ideals of classical Greece and Rome. But now bestselling historian Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that in the year 1434, Chinathen the world's most technologically advanced civilization provided the spark that set the European Renaissance ablaze.
The Last Apocalypse: Europe At The Year 1000 A.D.
As the millennium approached, Europeans feared the world would end. The old order was crumbling, and terrifying and confusing new ideas were gaining hold in the populace. Random and horrific violence seemed to sprout everywhere without warning, and without apparent remedy. And, in fact, when the millennium arrived the apocalypse did take place; a world did end, and a new world arose from the ruins.
The Clash of Civilizations And The Remaking of World Order
Since its initial publication, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order has become a classic work of international relations and one of the most influential books ever written about foreign affairs. An insightful and powerful analysis of the forces driving global politics, it is as indispensable to our understanding of American foreign policy today as the day it was published.
The World & The West: The European Challenge and the Overseas Response in the Age of Empire
This book is a study of the interaction of the Western societies of Europe and America with others around the world in the past two centuries--the age of European empire. Through a variety of case studies, it considers the European threat and the non-Western response, but the focus is on the ways in which people in Asia, African, and Indian America have tried to adapt their ways of life to the overwhelming European power of the period.
The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia
The Great Game between Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia was fought across desolate terrain from the Caucasus to China, over the lonely passes of the Parmirs and Karakorams, in the blazing Kerman and Helmund deserts, and through the caravan towns of the old Silk Road-both powers scrambling to control access to the riches of India and the East.
We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History
Did the Soviet Union want world revolution? Why did the U.S.S.R. send missiles to Cuba? What made the Cold War last as long as it did? The end of the Cold War makes it possible, for the first time, to begin writing its history from a truly international perspective. Based on the latest findings of Cold War historians and extensive research in American archives as well as the recently opened archives in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and China, We Now Know provides a vividly written, eye-opening account of the Cold War.
The Mummies of UrUmchi
Some of Ürümchi's mummies date back as far as 4,000 years—contemporary with the famous Egyptian mummies but even more beautifully preserved. Surprisingly, these prehistoric people are not Asian but Caucasoid—tall, large-nosed and blond with thick beards and round eyes. What were these blond Caucasians doing in the heart of Asia?
The Man In The Ice: The Discovery of a 5,000-Year-Old Body Reveals the Secrets of the Stone Age
The story of the amazing discovery of a man frozen in the Alpine ice, told by the leader of the international team of scientists who investigated the find. A classic of scientific discovery that reveals to us the fullest picture yet of Neolithic man, our ancestor.
Empires Of The Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present
The first complete history of Central Eurasia from ancient times to the present day, Empires of the Silk Road represents a fundamental rethinking of the origins, history, and significance of this major world region.
Empires In Collision In Late Antiquity
In this book, based on lectures delivered at the Historical Society of Israel, the famed historian G. W. Bowersock presents a searching examination of political developments in the Arabian Peninsula on the eve of the rise of Islam. Recounting the growth of Christian Ethiopia and the conflict with Jewish Arabia, he describes the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of a late resurgent Sassanian (Persian) Empire.
The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall 1477-1806
"Jonathan Israel's 1,231-page blockbuster forms the inaugural volume of a new series, the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe, and offers a comprehensive, integrated account of the northern part of the Netherlands over almost 350 years...
Egypt, Greece And Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Miditerranean
The Empire of the Steepes: A History of Central Asia
The Empire of the Steppes brings to the general reader and the specialist the majestic sweep, grandeur, and the overriding intellectual grasp of the steep nomad.
The Hittites and their Contemporaries in Asia Minor
The Hittites were an Indo-European speaking people who established a kingdom in Anatolia (modern Turkey) almost 4,000 years ago. They rose to become one of the greatest powers of the Ancient Middle Eastern world by conquering Babylon and challenging the power of the Egyptian Pharaoh Rameses II at the battle of Quadesh.
Nearly 1000 years before the founding of Rome, a great civilization flourished in central Italy between the Tiber and Arno Rivers. Its origins were clouded in mystery. Were its people, as Herodotus claimed, invaders from elsewhere in the Mediterranean - perhaps even pirates? Or were they ancient natives of the Italian peninsula, as the philosopher Dionysus suggested? This book takes the reader to the heart of this mysterious society and its people.
The Celts: The People Who Came Out Of The Darkness
2000 YEAR EPIC STORY OF NORTHERN EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION THAT RIVALLED GREECE AND ROME FOR RICHNESS, DIVERSITY AND POWER.
In Search Of The Cradle Of Civilization
For decades, schoolbooks have taught that Sumer was the cradle of civilization. Conventional scholarship has also held that Aryan civilization came to India by way of invasions from the north. But in this ground-breaking book, three renowned scholars show that there was no "Aryan invasion," and that India, not Sumer, was the cradle of civilized humanity.
The Embarrassment Of Riches: An Interpretation Of Dutch Culture In The Golden Age
Schama explores the mysterious contradictions of the Dutch nation that invented itself from the ground up, attained an unprecedented level of affluence, and lived in constant dread of being corrupted by happiness. Drawing on a vast array of period documents and sumptuously reproduced art, Schama re-creates in precise detail a nation's mental state.
The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire
The Ottoman Empire began in 1300 under the almost legendary Osman I, reached its apogee in the sixteenth century under Suleiman the Magnificent, whose forces threatened the gates of Vienna, and gradually diminished thereafter until Mehmed VI was sent into exile by Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk).
The Decline & Fall Of The Ottoman Empire
Like Charles II, the sick man of Europe was 'an unconscionable time dying.' Time and time again from the seventeenth century observers predicted the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, yet it outlived all its rivals. As late as 1910 it straddled three continents. Unlike the Romanovs, Hohenzollerns or Habsburgs, the House of Osman was still recognised as an imperial dynasty during the peacemaking which followed the First World War.
The Scramble for Africa: White Man’s Conquest of the Dark Continent From 1876 to 1912
Remarkable adventures, appalling tragedies... The cast of characters both European and African is large and colorful. The book is wonderfully complicated and fascinating.
Byzantium: The Early Centuries
This is the best narrative history available today of an empire as fascinating as it was important.
History Of The Persian Empire
Out of a lifetime of study of the ancient Near East, Professor Olmstead has gathered previously unknown material into the story of the life, times, and thought of the Persians, told for the first time from the Persian rather than the traditional Greek point of view.
The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil And Transformation In Iran
In The Last Great Revolution, Wright meticulously describes the ongoing transformation of society, politics and religion that ranges from the empowerment of women to the blossoming of a movie industry and an independent press. She demonstrates why Iran's Islamic revolution equals the French and Russian revolutions in new ideas and impact, while standing alone as "the last great revolution" of the modern era.
When I was in college, world history was still considered a bit pretentious. It was as if studying the big picture was somehow more than a realistic undertaking. Today with the digital revolution well under way it would almost foolish not to look at world history. Here is a collection of books that help get that big picture started.