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No-Nonsense Guide to World History

No-Nonsense Guide to World History


The No-Nonsense Guide to World History embraces the whole of history, rather than disconnected dynasties and events - all in one slim volume.


Who was the first black queen? How much do you know about China's history? Most people’s knowledge of world history is hazy and incomplete at best. This No-Nonsense Guide gives a full picture, revealing the hidden histories and communities left out of conventional textbooks – from the civilizations of Africa, Asia and Latin America to the history of women.

The updated and revised edition of this best-selling No-Nonsense Guide will include a new chapter from the perspective of the end of the first decade of the 21st century and includes material on the financial crisis, the world response to climate change, 9/11, the Iraq war, corporate power and China’s headlong growth fit into the broader patterns of world history.

1. In the beginning
2. Pharoahs and priestesses
3. Superpowers and barbarians
4. God and the spirit
5. Greek and Latin
6. The rise and rise of religion
7. Light in the East
8. Wars of the cross
9. Glory and murder in the New World
10. The hidden continent
11. Shadow of the Sun King
12. The American way
13. The power and plenty of Asia
14. Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité
15. Revolution
16. Carving up the world
17. Total war
18. The power of the workers
19. Capitalism and fascism

20. The radical 20th century

21. Shaping the new century

Page Count: 
11 x 18cm
UK Publication Date: 
Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

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