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 without 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000209/bk_acon_000209_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.
This is a one-of-a-kind, foodie´s guide to New York City´s dining history. This book contains a complete list of the 127 oldest dining establishments in New York City´s five boroughs still open to the public today. This book is a must have for any dining/history enthusiast visiting or living in New York City. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Rausch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040393/bk_acx0_040393_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How much do you know about Ireland? There’s so much to learn about the Emerald Isle that even its residents don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Ireland’s history, pop culture, folklore, and so much more!In The Great Book of Ireland, you’ll learn:How did Ireland get its name? Why is it known as the Emerald Isle?Who was St. Patrick really? What do leprechauns and shamrocks have to do with St. Patrick’s Day?Which Irish company had a 9,000-year lease? What is Ireland’s top attraction? Which movies have been filmed in Ireland? Which famous novel may have been based on an Irish myth?Which legends did the Irish believe in? And so much more!This book is packed with trivia facts about Ireland. Some of the facts you’ll learn in this book are shocking, some are tragic, and others will leave you with goosebumps. But they’re all interesting!Whether you’re just learning about Ireland or you already think you’re an expert on the state, you’ll learn something you didn’t know in every chapter. Your history teacher will be interesting at all of your newfound knowledge.So what are you waiting for? Get started to learn more about Ireland! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150164/bk_acx0_150164_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Akkadian Empire was one of the first empires in human history and certainly the first to involve the central government of a large, multi-ethnic populace. It also introduced things like the very first postal system and facilitated advances in science, art, and medicine. The heart of the empire, the city of Akkad, became the most important trading center in the ancient world and one of the largest cities in the world. Then, in a relatively short time, the empire disintegrated, and the city itself was abandoned. Now, we don’t even know where the city of Akkad was located. How is this possible? How could an empire that controlled most of the civilized world suddenly fall apart? Successors of the Akkadians thought that they had the answer. Many texts from the Babylonians and others talk of the Curse of Akkad, a curse placed on the empire after its king offended the gods, which led to its destruction. For thousands of years, historians assumed that the story of the curse was nothing more than a quaint legend. However, modern research shows that the Akkadian Empire was most likely destroyed by a cataclysmic change as a result of sudden and unprecedented climate change. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Paul Aulridge , Jr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/146115/bk_acx0_146115_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.