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The History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Hardcover – July 5, 2016
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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.
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.
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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."
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"
"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." — Examiner.com
"The visual layout promotes browsing with illustrations, pull quotes, and simple mind maps to explain concepts quickly." — Library Journal
"Accessible guide to the great thinkers." — School Library Journal
"Clever and engaging." — Booklist
"Kids are never too young to understand history; it just needs to be presented in the appropriate way. With that in mind, The History Book is a fantastic place to start." — GeekDad.com
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DK's aim is to inspire, educate and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivalled clarity to a wide range of topics, with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products.
Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery and parenting.
DK’s extensive children’s list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the best-selling LEGO® books.
DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series.
- Publisher : DK; 1st edition (July 5, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1465445102
- ISBN-13 : 978-1465445100
- Item Weight : 2.65 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.06 x 1.05 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is attractive to look at, but… The section on Bay of Pigs is almost word-for-word what you’d expect from the anti-Castro camp, which set the standard, until recently, for straight-out lying.
I don’t know if this approach is applied to all topics, but I don’t want to take the chance. At a time when honesty and simplicity could help us understand the world of today so we can rise to the future, this book does the opposite.
I will avoid this series, sadly. There’s enough BS in the world.
I can't say enough about how the book was composed. Each section of the book lays out a timeline of dates and events covered during that period. Each event is then covered in a sub-section, which bullet points things that happened in history before and after the event being discussed. To achieve greater understanding with a minimum of words, diagrams are provided which detail how the event came to pass (using early humans as an example: "Foraging lifestyles rely on hunting/gathering" led to "Humans develop an intimate knowledge of animal and plant species" led to "Beliefs and practices emphasizing connectedness and communication start to develop" resulting in "The first examples of art, such as the cave paintings of Altamira, appear").
The book is an easy read, giving just enough information to understand without overloading you with every little fact. Sub-sections are usually no more than a few pages, enabling the reader to be able to set the book down and easily pick it back up at a later time. The author also does a good job staying in the middle and not choosing sides during discussions on religion and political systems.
I alternate between my Kindle Fire and Paperwhite. It was impossible to read the timelines on the Paperwhite; even though the Fire is only slightly bigger, it was enough to overcome the fine print, and I found I enjoyed the colored pictures and diagrams on the Fire as opposed to the black-and-white displays on the Paperwhite.
Basically, this is a good reference book that will give you an interesting overview on major events in history.
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Each double-page spread is an important world event, with a quick bulletpoint list of the events that influenced it, some images, quotes and summaries. It endeavours to present both sides, where this is relevant, and is both highly informative but breaks the information down, having one central essay interspersed with boxes of supplementary information.
It doesn't just cover the same 5 topics that schools focus on. There's a number of fascinating entries from Asia, Africa and from the US, areas often neglected in the school curriculum.
Perfect for dipping in and out of, and an excellent reference guide for homework. Beautifully presented, too.