A Short World History: And Some Lessons Learnt

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Underpinning the effective application of Common Sense is an understanding of how the world really is. A realistic understanding of History is an important part of understanding how the world really is. As is an appreciation of the lessons we can learn from History.

The Book ‘A Short World History (and Some Lessons Learnt)’:

  • gives an overview of the architecture of history, putting into context the main periods, people, and events of history;
  • draws together some of the lessons that can and should be learnt from history;
  • gives various interesting tit-bits from history.

 

Contents:

WHY THIS BOOK?

WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE AN INTEREST IN HISTORY

Notes on this Short History of the World:

EUROPEAN CENTRIC VIEWPOINT

REFERENCE TO PEOPLES AND COUNTRIES BEFORE THEIR TIME AND OTHER ANACHRONISMS

ALTERNATIVE YEAR CALENDARS

GETTING USED TO MILLENNIUM AND CENTURIES

DEMOGRAPHICS

Prehistory

LEADING TO HOMO SAPIENS

STONE AGE

Emergence of Civilisation

Centred on the Middle East and Egypt

Europe and the Mediterranean

The emergence and heyday of Greece

The emergence and heyday of Rome

A short history of China up to the 20th Century

A short history of Japan up to the 20th Century

A short history of India up to the 20th Century

A short history of South Eastern Asia and Korea up to the 20th century

A short history of Africa up to the 20th Century

A short history of the Americas through to the coming of the Europeans

Europe in the aftermath of the fall of the Western Roman Empire

A short history of the Eastern Roman Byzantine Empire

The Middle East from Alexander to the emergence of Islam

The emergence and initial heydays of Islam

A short history of Europe into the 2nd millennium

The Crusades

Steppe invasions and the Mongols

A short history of the Ottoman Empire

A short history of Persia/Iran

A continuing history of Europe into the middle of the 2nd millennium

A short Eurocentric history of the sixteenth century

A short Eurocentric history of the seventeenth century

A short Eurocentric history of the eighteenth century

NORTH AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTIONS

A short history of the nineteenth century: European dominance

THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

THE BRITISH EMPIRE

A short history of the twentieth century: technology, wars, self-determination and the emergence of the global economy

Lessons Learnt from history

SO WHAT IS IT THAT HISTORY TEACHES US?

SOME GENERAL LESSONS WE LEARN FROM HISTORY

MILITARY LESSONS

POLITICAL LESSONS

PERSONAL LIFE LESSONS

CONCLUDING REMARKS