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A history of the world.

Author: Hugh Thomas
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, 1979.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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The brilliant historian, whose earlier works, The Spanish Civil War and Cuba: The Pursuit of Freedom, met with acclaim, now focuses his attention on world history from the origins of man to today's world.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Thomas
ISBN: 0060142812 9780060142810
OCLC Number: 5763629
Description: xix, 700 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Foundations of history: Birth of the world --
Man as a hunter --
Coming of agriculture --
Early social bonds --
Early dealings between peoples --
History of the innovators --
II. Age of agriculture: Population and its increase --
Population, disease and medicine --
Population, war and battle --
Population, famine and food --
Agriculture techniques --
Agriculture, landlords and labourers --
Agriculture co-operation --
Agriculture, slaves and serfs --
Agriculture, cloths and clothes --
Early history of the soul --
Universal religion --
Law, government and liberty --
III. Intellectual transformation: Renaissance in Europe --
World re-opened --
Revival of commerce --
Slow journeys by land --
Revolution: printing --
City life --
Gunpowder wars --
People, medicine and food of the Renaissance --
IV. Industrial triumphs: Age of machines --
Steam and coal --
New Iron Age --
Age of steel --
Cotton as king --
Industrialisation and modernisation --
New sources of energy --
New communications --
Revolution in information --
Twentieth century mass communications --
Agricultural mechanisation --
Transformation of food --
Great medical improvements --
Population out of control --
Urban man --
Modern capitalism --
British contribution --
V. Political failures: Modern warfare --
Causes of war: monarchy and despotism --
The Great War --
Nazis' war --
Causes of war: racialism --
"Cold" war --
Causes of the "cold" war: class consciousness --
"Class" in power --
Causes of the "cold" war: notions of imperialism --
Democratic alternative --
Democracy: internal anxieties.

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The brilliant historian, whose earlier works, The Spanish Civil War and Cuba: The Pursuit of Freedom, met with acclaim, now focuses his attention on world history from the origins of man to today's world.

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