No-Nonsense Guide to World History, 3rd edition

No-Nonsense Guide to World History, 3rd edition

Third edition

By Chris Brazier



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Who was the first black queen? How much do you know about China’s history? Most people’s knowledge of world history is hazy and incomplete at best. This updated No-Nonsense Guide gives a full picture, revealing the hidden histories and communities left out of conventional textbooks – from the civilizations of Africa, Asia and Latin America to the history of women. This updated and revised edition of one of the best-selling No-Nonsense Guides includes a new chapter from the perspective of the end of the first decade of the 21st century and includes material on the financial crisis and the world response to climate change.

A perfect read for someone who wants to embrace the whole of history, rather than disconnected dynasties and events–all in one slim volume.

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The No-Nonsense Guide to World History is vivid, informal and informative. Perhaps every professional historian should be required to write a history of the world in forty thousand words–nothing would be more conducive to humility.

– Professor William Beinart, St. Antony’s College, Oxford, UK


Foreword by William Beinart
Chapter 1 In the Beginning
Chapter 2 Pharaohs and Priestesses
Chapter 3 Superpowers and Barbarians
Chapter 4 God and the Spirit
Chapter 5 Greek and Latin
Chapter 6 The Rise and Rise of Religion
Chapter 7 Light in the East
Chapter 8 Wars of the Cross
Chapter 9 Glory and Murder in the New World
Chapter 10 The Hidden Continent
Chapter 11 Shadow of the Sun King
Chapter 12 The American Way
Chapter 13 The Power and Plenty of Asia
Chapter 14 Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité
Chapter 15 Revolution
Chapter 16 Carving Up the World
Chapter 17 Total War
Chapter 18 The Power of the Workers
Chapter 19 Capitalism and Fascism
Chapter 20 The Radical 20th Century
Postscript Shaping the 21st Century
Chronology Marking Time