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The Dorling Kindersley history of the world

Author: Plantagenet Somerset Fry; Dorling Kindersley Limited.
Publisher: London ; New York : D. Kindersley ; Boston : Distributed by Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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This ambitious and colorful volume covers the history of the world from the beginnings of life on earth to the 1990's in 384 pages of mostly pictures. The 20 chapters are arranged chronologically with catchy titles such as "Conquest and Plague" to go along with the dates included in the chapter heading. At the beginning of each chapter is a double-page world map with pictures illustrating some of the major  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Nonfiction
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Plantagenet Somerset Fry; Dorling Kindersley Limited.
ISBN: 1564582442 9781564582447 0751351989 9780751351989
OCLC Number: 30078520
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 384 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: How this book works --
570 MYA-40,000 BC --
Introduction to human history --
40,000-5,000 BC --
Early people --
5,000-1200 BC --
First civilizations --
1200-500 BC --
Traders and warriors --
500 BC-AD 1 --
Growth of Empires --
AD 1-400 --
Decline of the ancient world --
400-800 --
Religious worlds --
800-1000 --
New nations --
1000-1200 --
Monks and invaders --
1200-1400 --
Conquest and plague --
1400-1500 --
Expansion of knowledge --
1500-1600 --
Great rulers --
1600-1750 --
Age in enquiry --
1750-1800 --
Age of revolution --
1850-1900 --
Rise of nationalism --
1900-1919 --
World goes to war --
1919-1946 --
Peace and war --
1946-1990's --
One world --
Reference pages --
Glossary --
Index --
Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: History of the world.
Responsibility: Plantagenet Somerset Fry.

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Approaching history from an international perspective, this chronological book uses a continuous timeline to make the passage of time and events accessible and clear. The book is divided into 20  Read more...

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