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The History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Hardcover – 1 July 2016
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Travel thousands of years into our past and discover the significant events that shaped the world as we know it.
From the founding of Baghdad, and the colonisation of the Americas, to the inception of Buddhism, The History Book highlights key ideas, themes, and events of world history without complicated jargon, just short, pithy explanations.
Part of DK's award-winning Big Ideas educational series that uses witty graphics and engaging descriptions to enlighten readers. Don't stop at British history, explore the world! Full of fun facts from the human story, going as far back as the origins of our species to space exploration today. Discover all things revolution, from the French to the digital, including the rise of the internet.
Short and sweet biographies of some of the most important thinkers and leaders throughout history, such as Martin Luther King Jr, Charles Darwin, and Nelson Mandela. You'll learn who said famous historical quotes, and what they really meant when they said it.
Big Historic Events Simply Explained
Modern twist on the good old-fashioned encyclopedia, now easier to follow, with diagrams, mind maps, and timelines. Step-by-step diagrams will have you reviewing your ideas about history.
Start from the very beginning:
- Human Origins 200,000 years ago - 3500 BGE
- Ancient Civilisations 6000 BGE - 500 CE
- The Medieval World 500 - 1492
- Early Modern Era 1420 - 1795
- Changing Societies 1776 - 1914
- The Modern World 1914 - Present
The Series Simply Explained
With over 7 million copies sold worldwide to date, The History Book is part of the award-winning Big Ideas series from DK Books. It uses innovative graphics along with engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand.
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Each double-page spread is an important world event, with a quick bulletpoint list of the events that influenced it, some images, quotes and summaries. It endeavours to present both sides, where this is relevant, and is both highly informative but breaks the information down, having one central essay interspersed with boxes of supplementary information.
It doesn't just cover the same 5 topics that schools focus on. There's a number of fascinating entries from Asia, Africa and from the US, areas often neglected in the school curriculum.
Perfect for dipping in and out of, and an excellent reference guide for homework. Beautifully presented, too.