The History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

The History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

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Travel thousands of years into our past and discover the significant events that shaped the world as we know it.

This book includes short, descriptive explanations of key ideas, themes, and events of world history that are easy to understand. Explore topics such as the founding of Baghdad, the colonization of the Americas, and the inception of Buddhism without complicated jargon.

This book is part of DK’s award-winning Big Ideas Simply Explained educational series that uses witty graphics and engaging descriptions to enlighten readers.

Don’t stop at American history, explore the world! This book is full of fun facts from the human story, going as far back as the origins of our species to space exploration today. Discover all things revolution, from the French to the digital, including the rise of the internet.

Enjoy short and sweet biographies of some of the most important thinkers and leaders throughout history, like Martin Luther, Charles Darwin, and Nelson Mandela. You’ll learn who said famous historical quotes, and what they really meant when they said it.

Big Ideas

This is a modern twist on the good old-fashioned encyclopedia, now easier to follow with diagrams, mind maps, and timelines. Step-by-step diagrams will have you reviewing your ideas about history.

Start from the very beginning:

●   Human Origins 200,000 years ago – 3500 BGE
●   Ancient Civilizations 6000 BGE – 500 CE
●   The Medieval World 500 – 1492
●   Early Modern Era 1420 – 1795
●   Changing Societies 1776 – 1914
●   The Modern World 1914 – Present

The Series Simply Explained 

With over 7 million copies sold worldwide to date, The History Book is part of the award-winning Big Ideas Simply Explained series from DK Books. It uses innovative graphics along with engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand.

From the Publisher

The History Book

The ultimate aim of history is human self-knowledge. In the words of the 20th-century historian R G Collingwood: “The value of history is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.” We cannot hope to understand our lives without it.

Cave Paintings at Altamira

“Everything was so beautiful, so fresh.”

The Big Freeze

“The foundations of today’s Europe were forged in the events of the late ice age.”

Athenian Democracy

The Athenian constitution relied on a careful separation of powers. This was essential to make the practical operation of direct democracy possible. It also ensured that all citizens (men aged 20 and above) could serve and that power could not be abused.

The Outbreak of the Black Death

The Black Death kills over a third of Europe’s Population.

The Early Modern Era

The course of world events always looks different in retrospect from the way that it appears at the time, but the contrast in perspective is rarely as extreme as in the Early Modern Era, which spanned the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.

Global Population Exceeds 7 Billion in 2011

“This is a day about our entire human family”

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