World History For Dummies: Edition 2

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Now updated! Your personal tour guide to the history of theworld

Want to know more about global history? This concise guideexplains in clear detail all the major players and events that havemade the world what it is today. Covering the entirety of humanhistory, this comprehensive resource highlights importantdevelopments in everything from religion and science to art and war— giving you an understanding of how the 21st-century worldcame to be.

  • Begin to connect with the past — label the eras as youmeet the Neanderthals, home in on Homer, raise Atlantis, andpreserve Pharaohs
  • Find strength in numbers — trace the growth from ancientcivilizations to today's global community and discover what makessocieties succeed or fail

  • Discover the impact of thought — explore the rise ofreligion, the roots of philosophy, and the advance of science— and how our feelings and beliefs continually redefinedus

  • Know the global consequences of war — ride with the Greeksand the Romans, arm yourself with the cavalry, dig the trenches,and follow the paths humans took to wage modern war

  • Meet the movers and shakers — from great leaders andcourageous revolutionaries to ruthless tyrants and unsungheroes

  • Examine significant events of the 21st century — from 9/11and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to climate change, HurricaneKatrina, and the economic rise of China, India, and Brazil

Open the book and find:

  • A detailed overview of history
  • The development of the world's religions

  • Reviews of essential historical documents, from the Bible to theBill of Rights

  • The invention of writing and art

  • Scientific developments that revolutionized the world

  • Capsule biographies of people who changed history — and afew who were changed by it

  • Ten unforgettable dates in world history

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About the author

Peter Haugen is a prolific history writer. In addition to authoring and contributing to several books, his work has appeared in publications including History Magazine, mental_floss, and Psychology Today. Haugen has served on the staffs of such newspapers as the St. Petersburg Times and the Sacramento Bee.
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John Wiley & Sons
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Apr 27, 2009
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History / World
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