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World History for Dummies, 2nd Edition


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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting into History 9 Chapter 1: Tracing a Path to the Present 11 Chapter 2: Digging Up Reality 23 Chapter 3: Putting History into Perspective 31 Part II: Finding Strength in Numbers 41 Chapter 4: Getting Civilized 43 Chapter 5: The Rise and Fall of Many Empires 61 Chapter 6: History?s Mid-Life Crisis: The Middle Ages 77 Chapter 7: The Struggle for World Domination 93 Chapter 8: Grabbing the Globe 113 Chapter 9: Clashing All Around the World 135 Part III: Seeking Answers 163 Chapter 10: Religion through the Ages 165 Chapter 11: Loving Wisdom: The Rise and Reach of Philosophy 187 Chapter 12: Being Christian, Thinking Greek 201 Chapter 13: Awakening to the Renaissance 211 Chapter 14: Making a Break: The Reformation 229 Chapter 15: Opening Up to Science and Enlightenment 249 Part IV: Fighting, Fighting, Fighting 263 Chapter 16: Sticks and Stones: Waging War the Old-Fashioned Way 265 Chapter 17: The War Machine Gets Some Upgrades 277 Chapter 18: Modernized Mayhem 291 Part V: Meeting the Movers and Shakers 305 Chapter 19: Starting Something Legendary 307 Chapter 20: Battling Toward Immortality 319 Chapter 21: Explorers and Discoverers: Places to Go, People to See 331 Chapter 22: Turning Tables: Rebels and Revolutionaries 343 Part VI: The Part of Tens 357 Chapter 23: Ten Unforgettable Dates in History 359 Chapter 24: Ten Essential Historical Documents 365 Index 373

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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