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Ancient Worlds: A Global History of Antiquity

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Studies of history usually focus on the fortunes of a single group over time, but this frequently obscures associations and pressures from other groups that dramatically influenced the group’s behavior. Michael Scott rectifies this problem in his book Ancient Worlds, which connects the Western and Eastern worlds of antiquity, uncovering hidden parallels between Greece, Rome, China, India and the the empires in the middle over the course of about a thousand years. Part one discusses the various political philosophies that these states adopted, from Athens’ direct democracy to Rome’s republic to China’s well-oiled bureaucracy, including how these philosophies developed and their subsequent effect on later national developments. Part two shows us a time of military conflict, when singular leaders like Alexander the Great permanently altered history’s course. Finally, part three discusses how great empires dealt with various new religions, from Christianity to Hinduism and Buddhism. Packed with those stories that resurrect history’s greatest figures, the book is a thrilling delight that immerses you in their lives as it reveals how seemingly disparate threads were tied together after all. This book is well-written and accessible, an instructive and entertaining synopsis of the ancient world.

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Author:
Michael Scott
Star Count:
5/5
Format:
Hard
Page Count:
448 pages
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publish Date:
2016-Nov-01
ISBN:
9780465094721
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Issue:
January 2017
Category:
History
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Publication Date

2016-Nov-01

Format

Hard

Publisher

Basic Books

Issue

January 2017

Page Count

448 pages

ASIN

0465094724

ISBN

9780465094721

Star Count

5

Book Author

Michael Scott

“Ancient Worlds: A Global History of Antiquity”

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