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In the shadow of the sword : the battle for global empire and the end of an ancient world

Author: Tom Holland
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two venerable empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, and one had vanished forever, while the other seemed almost finished. Ruling in their place were the Arabs: an upheaval so profound that it spelt, in effect, the end of the ancient world. In The Shadow of the Sword, Tom Holland explores how this came about. Spanning Constantinople to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Holland
ISBN: 9781408700075 1408700077 1408700085 9781408700082
OCLC Number: 781979484
Description: x, 526 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. I. Introduction. Known unknowns --
pt. II. Jahiliyya. Iranshahr ; New Rome ; The children of Abraham ; Countdown to apocalypse --
pt. III. Hijra. More questions than answers ; The forging of Islam --
Envoi: plus c̜a change? --
Timeline --
Dramatis personae.
Responsibility: Tom Holland.

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