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An age of empires, 1200-1750

Author: Marjorie Wall Bingham
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2005.
Series: Medieval and early modern world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Age of Empires includes some of the most colorful, ruthless, and restless figures in all of history. During this time Genghis Khan told his troops to "fall upon the enemy like falcons", Ivan the Terrible expelled Mongol invaders from Russia but murdered his own son in a fit of rage, and Babur the Tiger ruled India, combining ferocity on the battlefield with a love of books and poetry. It is a period of extremes:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marjorie Wall Bingham
ISBN: 9780195178395 0195178394 0195222687 9780195222685
OCLC Number: 57342056
Description: 157 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Not your average empires --
The end of the world? : dealing with the Mongols --
Beset on all sides, Poland/Lithuania --
Troubled times, troubled tsars : Russia --
The real Mughals, not the reel Moguls, India --
The Ottoman empire, the Turks triumph --
Istanbul is Constantinople, revival on the Dardenelles --
Sea and spices, Portugal --
The Spanish mission, go further! --
The Habsburg empire, marriage is the best policy --
Manchu overlay, Chinese core.
Series Title: Medieval and early modern world.
Responsibility: Marjorie Wall Bingham.
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The Age of Empires includes some of the most colorful, ruthless, and restless figures in all of history. During this time Genghis Khan told his troops to "fall upon the enemy like falcons", Ivan the Terrible expelled Mongol invaders from Russia but murdered his own son in a fit of rage, and Babur the Tiger ruled India, combining ferocity on the battlefield with a love of books and poetry. It is a period of extremes: Muslim Turks tolerated Jews and Christians within the Ottoman Empire yet under the Habsburgs the devastating Thirty Years' War pitted Catholics against Protestants. Lithuanian society was remarkably open, granting women the right to own property and decide their religious beliefs while Spanish and Portuguese colonizers enslaved Native Americans and Africans in Peru and Angola. Beautifully illustrated and filled with maps and primary sources, The Age of Empires captures both the historical sweep and vivid details of this transformative period. From Marco Polo's eyewitness account of an opulent Chinese banquet to a missionary's sermon denouncing Spanish atrocities in the Caribbean, these documents bring the era dramatically to life. They show how the spread of empires meant new lands and great wealth for the conquerors, and death, destruction, and slavery for the conquered. But The Age of Empires also shows how, in their relentless outward expansions, imperial rulers brought vastly different peoples into contact, opening new trade routes and stimulating intellectual development, as cultures exchanged both goods and ideas. In these ways as well as others, the Age of Empires is the beginning of our own age.

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