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The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

Format:  Hardcover,

800 pages

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publish Date: Mar 2007

ISBN-13: 9780393059748

ISBN-10: 039305974X

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A lively and engaging narrative history showing the common threads in the cultures that gave birth to our own. This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. Dozens of maps provide a clear geography of great events, while timelines give the reader an ongoing sense of the passage of years and cultural interconnection. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath"-literature, epic traditions, private letters and accounts-to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled. The result is an engrossing tapestry of human behavior from which we may draw conclusions about the direction of world events and the causes behind them. 13 illustrations, 80 maps


Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Publish Date: Mar 2007
ISBN-13: 9780393059748
ISBN-10: 039305974X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 800
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.68
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.42 x 1.8 x 9.44

Chapter outline

The Edge of Historyp. 1
The Origin of Kingshipp. 3
The Earliest Storyp. 10
The Rise of Aristocracyp. 17
The Creation of Empirep. 22
The Age of Ironp. 30
The Philosopher Kingp. 36
Firstsp. 41
The First Written Recordsp. 43
The First War Chroniclesp. 51
The First Civil Warp. 61
The First Epic Herop. 71
The First Victory over Deathp. 78
The First Reformerp. 88
The First Military Dictatorp. 95
The First Planned Citiesp. 104
The First Collapse of Empirep. 110
The First Barbarian Invasionsp. 118
The First Monotheistp. 127
The First Environmental Disasterp. 139
Strugglep. 145
The Battle for Reunificationp. 147
The Mesopotamia Mixing Bowlp. 155
The Overthrow of the Xiap. 164
Hammurabi's Empirep. 170
The Hyksos Seize Egyptp. 178
King Minos of Cretep. 183
The Harappan Disintegrationp. 192
The Rise of the Hittitesp. 196
Ahmose Expels the Hyksosp. 202
Usurpation and Revengep. 206
The Three-Way Contestp. 213
The Shifting Capitals of the Shangp. 219
The Mycenaeans of Greecep. 224
Struggle of the Godsp. 229
Wars and Marriagesp. 238
The Greatest Battle in Very Ancient Timesp. 246
The Battle for Troyp. 253
The First Historical King of Chinap. 259
The Rig Vedap. 264
The Wheel Turns Againp. 267
The End of the New Kingdomp. 275
The Dark Age of Greecep. 281
The Dark Age of Mesopotamiap. 285
The Fall of the Shangp. 291
Empiresp. 297
The Mandate of Heavenp. 299
The Bharata Warp. 306
The Son of Davidp. 314
From Western to Eastern Zhoup. 328
The Assyrian Renaissancep. 335
New Peoplesp. 344
Trading Posts and Coloniesp. 354
Old Enemiesp. 363
Kings of Assyria and Babylonp. 371
Spectacular Defeatp. 382
The Decline of the Kingp. 391
The Assyrians in Egyptp. 399
Medes and Persiansp. 410
Conquest and Tyrannyp. 418
The Beginnings and End of Empirep. 431
A Brief Empirep. 443
Cyrus the Greatp. 455
The Republic of Romep. 469
Kingdoms and Reformersp. 482
The Power of Duty and the Art of Warp. 491
The Spreading Persian Empirep. 500
The Persian Warsp. 514
Identityp. 537
The Peloponnesian Warsp. 539
The First Sack of Romep. 555
The Rise of the Ch'inp. 563
The Macedonian Conquerorsp. 570
Rome Tightens Its Graspp. 584
Alexander and the Wars of the Successorsp. 591
The Mauryan Epiphanyp. 609
First Emperor, Second Dynastyp. 613
The Wars of the Sonsp. 622
Roman Liberators and Seleucid Conquerorsp. 638
Between East and Westp. 649
Breaking the Systemp. 659
The Problems of Prosperityp. 668
New Menp. 680
Empirep. 697
Eclipse and Restorationp. 712
The Problem of Successionp. 717
The Edges of the Roman Worldp. 735
Children on the Thronep. 746
The Mistake of Inherited Powerp. 751
Savior of the Empirep. 764


Review by Library Journal (2007-02-15)

Bauer (American literature, Coll. of William & Mary; The Well-Educated Mind) has produced a good introductory history to the ancient world in this first volume of a new series. Divided into more than 80 chapters, the work focuses on Western history but devotes space to the development of ancient civilizations in China and India. Time lines, 13 illustrations, and 80 maps are interspersed throughout to help guide readers through the twists and turns of assassinations, wars, and natural disasters that largely make up the history of the ancient world.

An end notes and a works-cited section are included. Those looking for a more scholarly examination may want to turn to D. Brendan Nagle's The Ancient World: A Social and Cultural History, but Bauer's book is recommended for all libraries needing a good primer on ancient history.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/06.] - Sean Michael Fleming, Lebanon P.L.'s, NH

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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