A History of the World by Andrew Marr

By Andrew Marr

From the earliest civilizations to the twenty first century, a world trip via human historical past, tieing-in with an enormous BBC tv series.

Andrew Marr, writer of 2 bestselling histories of serious Britain now turns his awareness to the realm as a complete. a brief historical past of the realm takes readers from the Mayans to Mongolia, from the dominion of Benin to the courtroom of the Jagiellonian kings of Poland. conventional histories of this type have tended to be Eurocentric, telling mankind's tale via stories of Greece and Rome and the topped heads of Europe's oldest monarchies. the following, Marr widens the lens, concentrating as a lot, if no more at the Americas, Africa, and Asia. rather than targeting one episode of heritage occurring in a single position, he attracts awesome parallels and makes interesting connections, concentrating on a key incident or episode to inform a bigger tale: for example, the liberation of the serfs in Russia, which came about whilst the yankee Civil conflict, which led to the abolition of slavery within the united states yet he starts the account with an episode within the lifetime of Tolstoy, who racked up large playing accounts and needed to promote land and slaves accordingly. clean and fascinating, this is often renowned historical past at its absolute best

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And you’re right. But there was something special about this one, because, small and defenceless though they were, they didn’t just become part of history, they made history – and by that I mean they shaped the course of all history to come. And this special something was their religion. B                25 All other peoples prayed to many gods – you remember Isis and Osiris, Baal and Astarte. But these herdsmen only prayed to one god, their own special protector and leader. And when they sat beside their camp fires in the evening, and sang songs about their deeds and their battles, they sang of his deeds and his battles.

They also found round seals and inscribed clay tablets in those tombs. However, the inscriptions were not in hieroglyphs, but in a totally different script that was, if anything, even harder to decipher. This was because pictures had been replaced by neatly incised single strokes ending in a small triangle, or wedge. The script is called cuneiform, meaning wedge-shaped. Books made of papyrus were unknown to the Mesopotamians. They inscribed these signs into tablets of soft clay, which they then baked hard in ovens.

This was because pictures had been replaced by neatly incised single strokes ending in a small triangle, or wedge. The script is called cuneiform, meaning wedge-shaped. Books made of papyrus were unknown to the Mesopotamians. They inscribed these signs into tablets of soft clay, which they then baked hard in ovens. Huge numbers of these ancient tablets have been found, some recounting long and wonderful stories, such as that of the hero Gilgamesh and his battles with monsters and dragons. On other tablets kings boast of their deeds: the temples they have built for all eternity, and all the nations they have conquered.

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