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100 Mistakes That Changed History


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1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as d..

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1492: The Year Our World Began

The world would end in 1492 - so the prophets, soothsayers and stargazers said. They were right. Their world did end. But ours began. In search of the origins of the modern world, 1492 takes readers o..

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1946: the Making of the Modern World

With the end of the Second World War, a new world was born. The peace agreements that brought the conflict to an end implemented decisions that not only shaped the second half of the twentieth century..

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1946: The Making of the Modern World

With the end of the Second World War, a new world was born. The peace agreements that brought the conflict to an end implemented decisions that not only shaped the second half of the twentieth century..

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1956, the World in Revolt

Popular uprisings in Poland and Hungary shake Moscow's hold on its eastern European empire. Across the American South, and in the Union of South Africa, black people risk their livelihoods, and their ..

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30-Second Twentieth Century: The 50 Most Significant Ideas and Events, Each Explained in Half a Minute

30-Second Twentieth Century presents a unique approach to modern history. It condenses 100 years of innovation and art, politics and conflict, triumph and disaster, into 50 graphic snapshots that offe..

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50 Leaders Who Changed History

What qualities enabled George Washington-celebrated as the 'father of his country'-to lead a sometimes ramshackle army to victory in the American Revolutionary War and then serve with distinction as t..

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50 Strategies That Changed History

How did David, the future king of Israel, plot his assault against the seemingly invincible Philistine warrior Goliath? What strategic thinking lay behind the military triumphs of Alexander the Great ..

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Adam Spencer's Time Machine

Following the runaway success of his Big Book of Numbers and World of Numbers (2015), Adam Spencer is back with a fascinating - and fun! - romp through history. Starting with the big bang and ending i..

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Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex are integral parts of our everyday environment. ..

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Alchemy and Alchemists

Alchemy has traditionally been viewed as 'the history of an error', an example of mediaeval gullibility and greed, in which alchemists tried to turn lead into gold, create fabulous wealth and find the..

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Almost Human

In 2013, Lee Berger, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave in South Africa. He put out a call around the world for petite col..

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A magisterial history, ranging from antiquity to the present, that reveals anti-Judaism to be a mode of thought deeply embedded in the Western tradition. There is a widespread tendency to regard anti-..

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Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

In this landmark, critically acclaimed book, eminent historian and award-winning author Tom Griffiths explores the craft of history. Through portraits of fourteen historians, including Inga Clendinnen..

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Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

Writing good history is a high-wire act of balance and grace. Historians scour their own societies for vestiges of past worlds, for cracks and fissures in the pavement of the present, and for the shim..

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At Home : A Short History of Private Life

Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot more time to studying battles and wars than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about t..

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At Home: A Short History of Private Life

In At Home, Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books..

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At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Illustrated Edition)
Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans

In Beyond the Blue Horizon, archaeologist and historian Brian Fagan tackles his richest topic yet: the enduring quest to master the oceans, the planet's most mysterious terrain. We know the tales of C..

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Big History: Our Incredible Journey, from Big Bang to Now

Understand how and why we got where we are today with Big History. From the formation of our universe to the present day, countless major events have changed the course of life on Earth. Big History b..

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Birth of the West

The tenth century dawned in violence and disorder. Charlemagne's empire was in ruins, most of Spain had been claimed by Moorish invaders, and even the papacy in Rome was embroiled in petty, provincial..

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Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty
Blackbeard: The Hunt for the World's Most Notorious Pirate

Edward Teach - 'Blackbeard'-is one of the legends of the so-called 'golden age of piracy'. There have been so many accounts of his short, bloody career that it is hard to see him and his times in a cl..

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Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds

From the author of Women from the Ankle Down comes a lively cultural biography of diamonds, which explores our society's obsession with the world's most brilliant gemstone and the real-world character..

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Built on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death

Imagine you are a hunter-gatherer some 15,000 years ago. You've got a choice - carry on foraging, or plant a few seeds and move to one of those new-fangled settlements down the valley. What you won't ..

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Captain Kidd: The Hunt for the Truth

The execution of Captain William Kidd on 23 May 1701 is one of the most controversial and revealing episodes in the long history of piracy. The legend that has grown up around Kidd's final voyage, his..

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Cave Art

Deep underground, hidden from view, some of humanity's earliest artistic endeavours have lain buried for thousands of years. The most ancient artworks were portable objects, left on cave floors. Shell..

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Celts, The

Alice Roberts goes in search of the Celts and their treasures in a narrative history to accompanying a new BBC series. We know a lot about the Roman Empire. The Romans left monuments to their glories..

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Centuries of Change: Which Century Saw the Most Change?

History's greatest tour guide is back. And he's ringing the changes. In a contest of change, which century from the past millennium would come up trumps? Imagine the Black Death took on the female vot..

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Charts of War: The Maps and Charts That Have Informed and Illustrated War at Sea

John Blake has drawn on his extensive knowledge of some of the most impressive collections in the world, such as the UKHO in Britain, the Library of Congress in the USA, the Scheepvaart Museum in the ..

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Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History

From Eduardo Galeano, one of Latin America's greatest living writers, author of the Memory of Fire trilogy, comes Children of the Days, a new kind of history that shows us how to remember and how to l..

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China: Mao's Republic to World Superpower

Mao's Republic to World Superpower looks at the emergence of China as a major player in geopolitics, starting with Mao Zedong and the birth of the People's Republic of China. China then examines the G..

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Civilization : Six Killer Apps of Western Power

This title was selected for the "Daily Telegraph" Books Of The Year. If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe and compare the dazzling civilizations of the Orient with Europe ..

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Cold War: A New Oral History of Life Between East and West

The Cold War is one of the furthest-reaching and longest-lasting conflicts in modern history. It spanned the globe - from Greece to China, Hungary to Cuba - and lasted for almost half a century. It ha..

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Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

From groundbreaking writer and thinker Jared Diamond comes the epic, visionary book, now in a revised edition with a new afterword, on the mysterious collapse of past civilizations - and what this mea..

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Crossbones: The Republic of Pirates: The True & Surprising Story of Caribbean Pirates & the Man Who Brought Them Down

In the early eighteenth century a number of the great pirate captains, including Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach and 'Black Sam' Bellamy, joined forces. This infamous 'Flying Gang' was more than simply a th..

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Crusoe's Island: A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness

From an acclaimed naval historian, Crusoe's Island charts the curious relationship between the British and an island on the other side of the world: Robinson Crusoe, in the South Pacific...

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Cuba: The Mob, Castro, & the End of the Embargo

Cuba: The Mob, Castro, and the End of the Embargo, explores Cuba's complicated history and emergence from an era of economic isolation from the US. Exploring America's relationship with Cuba, the many..

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Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?

The reason is Thucydides's Trap, a deadly pattern of structural stress that results when a rising power challenges a ruling one. This phenomenon is as old as history itself. About the Peloponnesian Wa..

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Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

We in the west share a common narrative of world history. But our story largely omits a whole civilization whose citizens shared an entirely different narrative for a thousand years. In Destiny Disrup..

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Digging Up a Past

Known as a historian, archaeologist, conservationist, leading public intellectual and, most famously, the Father of Australian archaeology, John Mulvaney is renowned for uncovering the depth of Austra..

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Earth-Shattering Events: Earthquakes, Nations and Civilization

"A truly welcome and refreshing study that puts earthquake impact on history into a proper perspective" --Amos Nur, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University, California, and author of Apo..

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East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

'A monumental achievement: profoundly personal, told with love, anger and great precision' - John le Carre When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the w..

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Empire of Cotton: A New History of Global Capitalism

This book is the winner of the 2015 Bancroft Prize and the 2015 Philip Taft Prize. It is the finalist for the 2015 Pulizter Prize for History and shortlisted for the 2015 Cundill Prize in Historical L..

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Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First

What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers, and even public services are presented to us as prod..

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Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing

By the early 17th century the Scientific Revolution was well under way. Philosophers and scientists were throwing off the yoke of ancient authority to peer at nature and the cosmos through microscopes..

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Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air

'Nominally a history of the hot air balloon, 'Falling Upwards' is really a history of hope and fantasy - and the quixotic characters who disobeyed that most fundamental laws of physics and gave humans..

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Fascinating Footnotes from History

'Giles Milton is a man who can take an event from history and make it come alive inspiration for those of us who believe that history can be exciting and entertaining' Matthew Redhead, The Times..

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