By Andrew Marr
From the earliest civilizations to the twenty first century, a world trip via human heritage, tieing-in with a big BBC tv series.
Andrew Marr, writer of 2 bestselling histories of serious Britain now turns his recognition to the realm as a complete. a brief background of the realm takes readers from the Mayans to Mongolia, from the dominion of Benin to the court docket 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. right here, Marr widens the lens, concentrating as a lot, if no more at the Americas, Africa, and Asia. rather than concentrating on one episode of background happening in a single position, he attracts miraculous parallels and makes attention-grabbing 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 even as the yank Civil warfare, which ended in the abolition of slavery within the united states yet he starts off the account with an episode within the lifetime of Tolstoy, who racked up large playing money owed and needed to promote land and slaves for that reason. clean and intriguing, this is often well known historical past at its absolute best
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E. there occurred a resurgence in cultural activity of such intensity that it is appropriate to speak of a renaissance. One of the most important developments was the adaptation of the consonantal Phoenician alphabet to the Greek language. It is not known where this adaptation first took place, but a likely candidate is Al Mina, a mixed Phoenician and Greek community situated at the head of the Orontes River on the present-day border between Turkey and Syria. This invention conventionally marks the division between prehistory and history.
It seems that the war, assuming it was historical, represented the dying gasps of Bronze Age civilization. , almost every Mycenaean site was plundered and burned. Thebes was destroyed Reconstruction of Troy. Courtesy akg-images, London: Peter Connolly. , Pylos around 1200, and Mycenae around 1150. Of the mainland sites, Athens alone provides evidence of cultural continuity. The cause of the collapse of the Mycenaean world is not fully understood. Later Greeks attributed it to an invasion by a people who swept in from the north.
It was undoubtedly through contact with them that the Romans first fell under the spell of Hellenism, which was destined to have such a profound impact upon virtually all aspects of Roman life, including religion, art, architecture, education, literature, statecraft, mythology, language, philosophy, and science. , the Romans answered an appeal from Thourii in the Tarentine Gulf in the instep of Italy, under siege from the neighboring city of Tarentum. In turn, the Tarentines appealed to Historical Outline 35 Pyrrhos, king of Epiros in northwest Greece.
A History of the World by Andrew Marr