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A History of the World

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Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today's superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs.This is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For "the better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times."
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From the earliest civilizations to the twenty-first century: Andrew Marr's compelling global journey through human history

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements - i: AcknowledgementsIntroduction - ii: IntroductionChapter - 1: Out of the Heat, Towards the IceChapter - 2: The Case for WarChapter - 3: The Sword and the WordChapter - 4: Beyond the Muddy Melting PotChapter - 5: The World Blows OpenChapter - 6: Dreams of FreedomChapter - 7: Capitalism and its EnemiesChapter - 8: 1918-2012: Our TimesSection - iii: NotesSection - iv: BibliographyIndex - v: IndexAcknowledgements - vi: Picture Acknowledgements

About the Author

Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and has since enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC's Political Editor. He has written and presented TV documentaries on history, science and politics, and presents the weekly Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings on BBC1 and Start the Week on Radio 4. He lives in London with his family.

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