World History For Dummies by Peter Haugen

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

Want to know more about global history? This concise guide explains in clear detail all the major players and events that have made the world what it is today. Covering the entirety of human history, this comprehensive resource highlights important developments in everything from religion and science to art and war — giving you an understanding of how the 21st-century world came to be.

Begin to connect with the past — label the eras as you meet the Neanderthals, home in on Homer, raise Atlantis, and preserve Pharaohs

Find strength in numbers — trace the growth from ancient civilizations to today's global community and discover what makes societies succeed or fail

Discover the impact of thought — explore the rise of religion, the roots of philosophy, and the advance of science — and how our feelings and beliefs continually redefined us

Know the global consequences of war — ride with the Greeks and 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 and courageous revolutionaries to ruthless tyrants and unsung heroes

Examine significant events of the 21st century — from 9/11 and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to climate change, Hurricane Katrina, 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Reviews of essential historical documents, from the Bible to the Bill of Rights

The invention of writing and art

Scientific developments that revolutionized the world

Capsule biographies of people who changed history — and a few who were changed by it

Ten unforgettable dates in world history


About Peter Haugen

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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.
Published November 18, 2009 by For Dummies. 412 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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