Discover the key themes and big ideas behind more than 80 of the world´s most important historical events - from the dawn of civilization to the 21st century. From the origins of Homo sapiens to the Space Race, and from the French Revolution to the Digital Revolution, this instalment in the bestselling Big Ideas series offers an essential exploration of the human timeline up to and including the rise of modern Islam, the world wide web, and the global financial crisis. Making big historical ideas accessible and easy to understand, with stunning visuals and memorable quotes, The History Book is perfect for students, adults, or anyone who wants to travel back in time and understand the fascinating past of mankind.
Book four of Mommsen´s history covers the period from the middle of the second century BC through the first few decades of the first century BC, about 80 years. It is a sad and woeful tale. By the middle of the second century BC, the city of Rome was spiraling toward bankruptcy and moral decay. The generation which had defeated Hannibal and brought the Mediterranean under Roman control had now passed away, even as gold poured in. Hardly a Roman name of any note appears for half a century. The noble Roman has disappeared. The once feared Roman army has become a mere shadow of its former self, and the public have come to accustom themselves to news of shattering defeats against Spanish and Celtic armies, and of battles in which Romans have thrown down their arms and fled. Not a single trireme was left of the once invincible Roman navy. Meanwhile, the capitalists brought tens of thousands of slaves into Italy, buying up farmland with cheap loans, and driving the yeoman farmer backbone of the old Roman army off the land. This was the situation into which the brothers Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus emerged. Both paid for their attempts at reform with their lives. An oligarchy then ruled with ruthless determination, until the rise of Gaius Marius ushered in an era of unspeakable violence and outright revolution. With Rome´s overseas possessions falling away and her Italian allies in open revolt, it would seem that Rome must fall. But the man of the hour proved to be Lucius Cornelius Sulla, and only by his courage and ability was the situation saved. As Sulla entered Rome in 83 BC, the 500-year-old Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on the Capitoline Hill burned to the ground; an ominous portent. Although Mommsen used the A.U.C. system of Roman years, which begins as the Roman year 1 (754 BC), we have transposed these dates to those of the Christian era. All dates are BC except where otherwise indicated. We do not recommend Mommsen for those wi... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000209/bk_acon_000209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari. Note: This is an audiobook summary of Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari Original Book Description: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari (Author). From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity´s creation and evolution - a #1 international best seller - that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us, and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be human. 100,000 years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one - homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original audiobook that begins about 70,000 years ago, with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem, to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades, humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dean Bokhari. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093684/bk_acx0_093684_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Beginning with George Washington´s inauguration and continuing into the nineteenth century, The New Nation tells the story of the remarkable challenges that the new country faced. Thomas Jefferson´s purchase of the Louisiana Territory (bought from France at a mere four cents an acre!), Lewis and Clark´s daring expedition through the wilderness, the War of 1812 (aka ´´Revolutionary War, Part II´´), Tecumseh´s effort to form an Indian confederacy, the growth of Southern plantations, the beginning of the abolitionist movement, and the disgraceful Trail of Tears are just a few of the setbacks, sidetracks, and formidable tasks put in the new nation´s path. These dramatic events and more are woven into a seamless tale that´s so exciting, ho could it be true? But it is: it´s A History of the US. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000512/bk_reco_000512_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cleopatra (69 BC-30 BC), the last Pharaoh of Egypt and the third daughter Ptolemy XII Auletes, is one of the most mysterious people in ancient history, so compelling and mysterious that myths and legends abound about her to this day. Not much is known about her early life but her later conquests became the fodder for countless movies and books. Some portray her as a majestic seductress and others portray her as a bloodthirsty killer; oftentimes both. There is truth to these renditions of her. She knew what she wanted and worked tirelessly to get it. She was bred to be the ruler of Egypt and she would achieve this goal by any means necessary, even if it meant killing her own family members...even if it meant sleeping with the enemy. She would get what she desired. In the end, she only partially succeeded, she never lived to see her grander vision come to fruition. In this volume of Interviews with History, we will cover, ever so briefly, the life of this great queen - Queen Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt. 1. Language: English. Narrator: D.M. Alon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055675/bk_acx0_055675_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Joan of Arc is one of the most compelling people in history. Joan, a young illiterate peasant girl, was not in any way remarkable during her early childhood. Nothing in her early life would suggest she would be anything else but a medieval peasant girl, living the average medieval life for her class. The time period and country to which she was born into was quite tumultuous. The English had taken much of France and it was starting to become clear that all of France would be taken over. In this sense, her world could be turned upside down at any moment. It was during this time that Joan suddenly had her visions; spiritual visions that would set her on a path to war, a path mandated by God...a path of no return. She was given the task of liberating France from the English. In this book, we will cover, ever so briefly, the great life of Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: D.M. Alon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075780/bk_acx0_075780_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Pharaoh Akhenaten was one of the most enigmatic people in ancient Egyptian history. Perhaps even in all of history. Often referred to as the heretic King, Akhenaten changed everything about Egypt, from the way religion was practiced to the art. Perhaps the most striking change was the art. He was often depicted with odd physical characteristics. These characteristics were not just relegated to his statuary, but to Akhenaten and his family as well. Until this day, historians are trying to figure it out. Some say these physical deformities were a result of inbreeding. This would not be surprising since this was quite common in Ancient Egypt. Akhenaten´s inbreeding in his own family was well known, so perhaps, the historians are correct. We may never know, but one thing is for sure, the mystery of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his family will endure for eternity. In this audiobook, we will cover, ever so briefly, the life of Akhenaten, the Son of the Sun. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doron M. Alon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032665/bk_acx0_032665_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Many are the exploits of Rome´s emperors, but few were as infamous as Caligula. His reign was short, just fewer than four years. During that time he wallowed in depravity and lunacy. He came to power with the full backing of the people, but little did they know he would inspire their hatred soon into his reign. Caligula is a fascinating character because he was so complex. What caused his madness? Was he sick with a brain disease? Did he have high amounts of lead in his system, as some suggest? Or perhaps he was driven mad by life circumstances. No one will truly know what caused him to act the way he did. His upbringing initially was quite good; he was on track to have a good, stable life. This would all change, however, as one by one members of his family died by the vicious hand of the emperor Tiberius. As Caligula grew up without family members who loved him, he slowly formed his character in this vacuum of affection - a character so maligned and hated that he would go down as one of the most evil people in history. In this volume of Interviews with History, we will cover, ever so briefly, the life of this tortured soul. 1. Language: English. Narrator: D.M Alon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031562/bk_acx0_031562_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The American Revolution, which had its roots in 1765 with a rejection of British authority to tax the colonies without fair representation and ended with the British defeat at Yorktown, was one of the most momentous events in the history of the North American continent. The odds faced by the colonists were almost overwhelming. Facing the superpower of the day, which boasted a professional army equipped with the latest weapons and the ability to properly finance the war, the rebels were reliant on the goodwill of men to continue fighting without pay and in dreadful conditions. In this audiobook, American Revolution, you will discover the history behind the conflict and why it came about. The chapters lead you through the major events which took place, including the Boston Tea Party and the significant clashes between the armies. Other chapters include: A Series of Oppressions Death and Taxes Out of Many, One War in Earnest Voices of Liberty Independence The rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were what gave the colonists the impetus and courage to continue a fight, which at times looked to be a hopeless lost cause at best, to eventually win the freedom they yearned for. The new government they created was unlike anything seen before and became a model for democracies around the world. American Revolution is a compelling audiobook packed with historical information. If you are a student of the era or simply want to know a little more about this fascinating period of history, then this audiobook is one you cannot afford to pass by. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103818/bk_acx0_103818_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
During the late years of the 18th century, the spirit of Enlightenment thinking and revolution were in the air. The world was changing, moving away from ingrained beliefs about religion, reason, society, and the rights of the individual and turning more toward the laws of nature as interpreted by the scientific method. Nowhere was the influence of this radical new way of thinking more apparent than in France, and the upheaval this caused would come to bloody fruition in the form of revolution. You will learn about: An environment of revolution Rise of the Third Estate The rights of man Vive la revolution! Reign of Terror The last revolutionaries And more! Explore the triumph and terror that existed in France during the French Revolution. Review the causes and the lasting effects brought about during this tumultuous time period when the common people of France struggled to remake their world upon the cornerstone of liberty. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/121529/bk_acx0_121529_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.