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The great big book of horrible things : the definitive chronicle of history's 100 worst atrocities

Author: Matthew White
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Evangelists of human progress meet their opposite in Matthew White's epic examination of history's one hundred most violent events, or, in White's piquant phrasing, "the numbers that people want to argue about." Reaching back to 480 BCE's second Persian War, White moves chronologically through history to this century's war in the Congo and devotes chapters to each event, where he surrounds hard facts (time and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew White
ISBN: 9780393081923 0393081923
OCLC Number: 711051782
Description: xviii, 669 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Second Persian War --
Alexander the Great --
Age of Warring States --
First Punic War --
Qin Shi Huang Di --
Second Punic War --
Gladiatorial Games --
Roman Slave Wars --
War of the Allies --
Third Mithridatic War --
Gallic War ; Ancient innumeracy --
Xin Dynasty --
Roman-Jewish Wars --
The Three Kingdoms of China --
Fall of the Western Roman Empire --
Justinian --
Goguryeo-Sui Wars --
Mideast Slave Trade --
An Lushan Rebellion --
Mayan Collapse --
The Crusades --
Religious killing --
Fang La Rebellion --
Genghis Khan --
Albigensian Crusade --
Hulagu's Invasion --
Hundred Years War --
Fall of the Yuan Dynasty --
Bahmani-Vijayanagara War --
Timur --
Chinese Conquest of Vietnam --
Aztec Human Sacrifice --
Atlantic Slave Trade --
Conquest of the Americas --
Genocide --
Burma-Siam Wars --
French Wars of Religion --
Russo-Tatar War --
The Time of Troubles --
Thirty Years War --
Collapse of the Ming Dynasty --
Cromwell's Invasion of Ireland --
Aurangzeb --
Great Turkish War --
Peter the Great --
Great Northern War --
War of the Spanish Succession --
War of the Austrian Succession --
Sino-Dzungar War --
Seven Years War --
Napoleonic Wars --
World Conquerors --
Haitian Slave Revolt --
Mexican War of Independence --
Shaka --
French Conquest of Algeria --
Taiping Rebellion --
Crimean War --
Panthay Rebellion --
American Civil War --
Hui Rebellion --
War of the Triple Alliance --
Franco-Prussian War --
Famines in British India --
Russo-Turkish War --
Mahdi Revolt --
Congo Free State--
Cuban Revolution --
The Western Way of War --
Mexican Revolution --
First World War --
Russian Civil War --
Greco-Turkish War --
Chinese Civil War --
Joseph Stalin --
Crazed Tyrants --
Italo-Ethiopian War --
Spanish Civil War --
Second World War --
Expulsion of Germans from Eastern Europe --
French Indochina War --
Partition of India --
Mao Zedong --
Korean War --
North Korea --
The Black Chapter of Communism --
Algerian War of Independence --
War in the Sudan --
Vietnam War --
The Cold War --
Indonesian Purge --
Biafran War --
Bengali Genocide --
Idi Amin --
Mengistu Haile --
Postwar Vietnam --
Democratic Kampuchea --
Mozambican Civil War --
Angolan Civil War --
Ugandan Bush War --
Post-Colonial Africa --
Soviet-Afghan War --
Saddam Hussein --
Iran-Iraq War --
Sanctions against Iraq --
Somalian Chaos --
Rwandan Genocide --
Second Congo War --
Ranking. The One Hundred Deadliest Multicides --
What I Found: Analysis --
What I Found: Raw Numbers --
Appendix 1. Disputing the Top One Hundred --
Appendix 2. The Hemoclysm.
Responsibility: Matthew White.

Abstract:

Evangelists of human progress meet their opposite in Matthew White's epic examination of history's one hundred most violent events, or, in White's piquant phrasing, "the numbers that people want to argue about." Reaching back to 480 BCE's second Persian War, White moves chronologically through history to this century's war in the Congo and devotes chapters to each event, where he surrounds hard facts (time and place) and succinct takeaways (who usually gets the blame?) with lively military, social, and political histories. With the eye of a seasoned statistician, White assigns each entry a ranking based on body count, and in doing so he gives voice to the suffering of ordinary people that, inexorably, has defined every historical epoch. By turns droll, insightful, matter-of-fact, and ultimately sympathetic to those who died, the Great Big Book of Horrible Things gives readers a chance to reach their own conclusions while offering a stark reminder of the darkness of the human heart.

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