Set your sails east with this stunningly original new history of the world. Peter Frankopan explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology in this extraordinary book about how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart – the journey along the Silk Roads. From ancient world laws laid down by King Hammurabi and the mighty Persian empire, to terrifying huns, the rise of Europe, two world wars and politics today, The Silk Roads moves through time and history sewing together the threads from different peoples, empires and continents into a phenomenal history of the globe. With stories from each and every corner of society, Frankopan’s magnificent retelling of his literary triumph The Silk Roads, sumptuously illustrated by Neil Packer, is a must-have world history.
From the seismograph to ice cream to fireworks, the Ancient Chinese continue to influence all aspects of contemporary life. Read this book to find out more about how we encounter links to the ancient world every day.
It’s a wild downward SPIRAL and everything’s spinning out of control in the fifth title in the New York Times Bestselling TUNNELS series!Just when you thought it couldn’t get any deeper, darker, or weirder…The Styx have surfaced. Dormant underground for more than a century, the evil, imperious race have crept out into the open through cracks in the earth. And they’re infesting England like a plague of black-clad cockroaches, prepared at last to expose a skin-crawling secret. A secret that’s got Will Burrows completely bugging out!Strapped into steel-toe boots and armed to the teeth with the ammo of a motley crew of weary renegades and cynical ex-soldiers, can he – blam blam splat! – squash the threat?
This book provides readers with an up-close look at the ingenuity of forward-thinking inventors and engineers from the early civilizatrions
This book focuses on the discoveries and inventions of the ancient Chinese civilization in the areas of transportation, agriculture, architecture, science, and technology.
This book focuses on the discoveries and inventions of the ancient Viking civilization in the areas of transportation, agriculture, architecture, science, and technology.
From the ancient kingdom of Kush, whose black pharaohs ruled Egypt for nearly a century, to the sixteenth-century empire of the Kongo, whose emperor was so powerful he was able to halt the trade in slaves for a number of years, the African continent rang with a series of glorious civilizations that have had a lasting impact on the world’s history, and on American culture. James Haskins and Floyd Cooper have won numerous awards for their books for young people, including several Coretta Scott King Honor awards.
Just 50,000 years ago, our hunter-gatherer ancestors ventured off the African Savannah and into the wider world. Now, our technology reaches far out into the cosmos. How did we get to where we are today? With lively text and colorful illustrations,From Then to Now explains how individual societies struggled to find their own paths, despite war, disease, slavery, natural disasters, and the relentless growth of human knowledge. From Hammurabi to Henry Ford, from Incan couriers to the Internet, from the Taj Mahal to the Eiffel Tower, from Marco Polo to Martin Luther King, from Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, from boiled haggis to fried tarantulas this is no less than the story of humanity. It’s the story of how we grew apart over all those years of migration and division, and how as we recognize our common heritage and our often mixed ancestry we can come together. An index, maps, and notes make this a must-have reference, as well as a delight to read and to discuss. From Then to Now is bound to create a generation of history buffs!
Describes the social and economic structure of life in the High Middle Ages (1100-1400), including the ruling classes, the peasantry, the urban dwellers, and members of the Church and the role each group played in shaping European civilization