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National Geographic visual history of the world / [authors, Klaus Berndl ... et al.].

Contributor(s): Berndl, Klaus | National Geographic Society (U.S.).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, 2005Description: 656 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0792236955 (hbk.).Other title: Visual history of the world.Subject(s): World history -- Pictorial worksDDC classification: 902.02 Online resources: Publisher description
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The world history book to define all others, National Geographic Visual History of the World is a classic in the making. No other volume offers such a comprehensive and richly illustrated chronicle of world events, from the construction of the Pyramids to the overthrow of the Taliban. Readers see how momentous happenings, personalities, catastrophes, discoveries, and inventions unfold in a visually stimulating layout. Four eight-page gatefolds bring to life major events of world history and thousands of paintings, photographs and illustrations depict subjects ranging from the Roman Empire to the Reformation, World War II, to the war in Afghanistan. A timeline at the bottom of every page highlights the most important events, names, and dates of the era, and color-coded cross-referencing helps point readers to other applicable sections. Ideal for people who prefer to flip through books at random, this highly accessible resource contains sidebars on the great religions, influential ideologies, and other topics, as well as biographies of world leaders and notable personalities in the arts and humanities. National Geographic Visual History of the World is an indispensable, impressive, and extravagantly illustrated reference of social, cultural, and military history in one volume. It is a must-have for all families, armchair historians, and serious scholars alike.

Includes index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 12)
  • Prehistory: From the Beginning to ca. 4000 B.C. (p. 16)
  • The Stone Age: The Beginning of Mankind (p. 18)
  • It All Began in Africa (p. 18)
  • Early Hominoids (p. 19)
  • Territorial Expansion (p. 20)
  • Campsites and the Use of Tools (p. 21)
  • Fire and the Hunt (p. 22)
  • Language and Burial of the Dead (p. 23)
  • Religion and Cults (p. 24)
  • The Art of Early Man (p. 25)
  • The "Neolithic Revolution" (p. 26)
  • The Tell Cultures (p. 27)
  • First Empires: ca. 7000 B.C.-200 A.D. (p. 28)
  • Introduction (p. 30)
  • Migration of Peoples (p. 32)
  • The Early States of Mesopotamia (p. 34)
  • Ancient Egypt (p. 42)
  • The Hittites (p. 50)
  • Kingdoms on the Borders of the Fertile Crescent (p. 52)
  • Syria and Palestine (p. 54)
  • Key Ideas: Judaism (p. 58)
  • The Medes and the Persian Empire of the Achaemenids (p. 60)
  • The Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes (p. 64)
  • Key Ideas: The Religions of India, China, and Japan (p. 66)
  • India from the Beginnings to the Invasion of Alexander the Great (p. 68)
  • Early China up to the "Warring States" Period (p. 72)
  • The Ancient World: ca. 2500 B.C.-900 A.D. (p. 74)
  • Introduction (p. 76)
  • Crete and Mycenae - The Beginnings of Greek Culture (p. 78)
  • Classical Greece from the Culture of the Polis to the End of Independence (p. 82)
  • The Rise and Fall of a World Power: From Macedonia to the Diadochoi (p. 94)
  • Judea and Arabia before the Romans (p. 102)
  • Carthage: World Power and Rival of Rome (p. 106)
  • The Etruscans: The League to the Roman Empire (p. 108)
  • Rome: From the Beginnings to the End of the Republic (p. 110)
  • In Focus: The Roman Empire (p. 114)
  • The Rule of the Generals and Imperial Rome (p. 120)
  • From Constantine to the Rise of Byzantium (p. 128)
  • Key Ideas: Christianity (p. 130)
  • Armenia and Asia Minor from the Diadochoi to the Romans (p. 136)
  • Persia under the Parthians and the Sassanians (p. 138)
  • Celts, Slavs, and Germanic Tribes (p. 140)
  • The Great Migration of Peoples (p. 146)
  • The Nomad Empires of the Eurasian Steppes (p. 148)
  • Ancient India (p. 150)
  • China's First Emperors of the Qin and Han Dynasties (p. 152)
  • The First Kingdoms in North and Northeast Africa (p. 154)
  • The Middle Ages: 5th-15th century (p. 156)
  • Introduction (p. 158)
  • The Germanic Empires (p. 160)
  • The Kingdom of the Franks (p. 162)
  • The Holy Roman Empire in the High and Late Middle Ages (p. 166)
  • Switzerland (p. 174)
  • France in the High and Late Middle Ages (p. 176)
  • Burgundy and the Netherlands (p. 180)
  • England in the Middle Ages (p. 182)
  • Ireland and Scotland in the Middle Ages (p. 188)
  • Italy in the Middle Ages (p. 190)
  • Spain and Portugal in the Middle Ages (p. 198)
  • Northern Europe (p. 200)
  • Eastern Europe (p. 202)
  • Russia (p. 206)
  • The Byzantine Empire (p. 210)
  • Southeast Europe (p. 214)
  • The Crusades (p. 218)
  • Key Ideas: Islam (p. 224)
  • The Spread of Islam (p. 226)
  • The Mongolian Empire and Its Successors (p. 236)
  • India (p. 240)
  • China after the Han Dynasty (p. 242)
  • Japan (p. 244)
  • Southeast Asia (p. 246)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (p. 248)
  • The Settlement and Early High Cultures of America (p. 250)
  • The Early Modern Period: 16th-18th century (p. 252)
  • Introduction (p. 254)
  • The German Empire: The Reformation and Its Consequences (p. 256)
  • In Focus: The Reformation (p. 258)
  • The Thirty Years' War (p. 266)
  • The Holy Roman Empire under Enlightened Absolutism (p. 270)
  • France: From the Wars of Religion to the Eve of the Revolution (p. 276)
  • The Rise of England (p. 282)
  • The Netherlands: From the Struggle for Independence to the French Occupation (p. 288)
  • The Italy of Popes and Princes (p. 292)
  • Spain and Portugal (p. 296)
  • Eastern Europe and Scandinavia (p. 302)
  • Russia's Rise as a Great Power (p. 306)
  • The Ottoman Empire, the Great Power of the East (p. 308)
  • North Africa (p. 312)
  • Persia under the Safavids and Qajars (p. 314)
  • Mogul India and the European Trading Companies (p. 318)
  • China under the Ming and Manchu Emperors (p. 322)
  • Japan from the Muromachi Period to the Tokugawa Shogunate (p. 326)
  • Southeast Asia (p. 330)
  • Africa (p. 332)
  • The Ancient American Empires and the Conquest by Spain and Portugal (p. 334)
  • North America to the Founding of Canada and the United States (p. 340)
  • Oceania and Australia to the Arrival of the Europeans (p. 344)
  • The Modern Era: 1789-1914 (p. 346)
  • Introduction (p. 348)
  • The French Revolution (p. 350)
  • In Focus: The French Revolution (p. 354)
  • Napoleonic Domination (p. 360)
  • The Industrial Revolution Begins in Europe (p. 368)
  • German States: The Reshaping of Austria and Prussia (p. 374)
  • Imperial Germany (p. 380)
  • Austria-Hungary (p. 384)
  • France (p. 386)
  • Great Britain (p. 390)
  • The Benelux Countries (p. 394)
  • Italy from the Congress of Vienna to the Eve of World War I (p. 396)
  • Portugal and Spain (p. 398)
  • Scandinavia (p. 400)
  • Russia from the Treaty of Tilsit to the Abdication of the Last Czar (p. 402)
  • The Balkans (p. 406)
  • The Ottoman Empire (p. 408)
  • Egypt (p. 410)
  • Persia and Afghanistan (p. 412)
  • India (p. 414)
  • China to the Last of the Emperors (p. 416)
  • Japan (p. 418)
  • Southeast Asia (p. 420)
  • African State Building and Colonization (p. 422)
  • The United States: Beginnings and Rise to World Power (p. 426)
  • Latin America (p. 432)
  • The World Wars and Interwar Period: 1914-1945 (p. 436)
  • Introduction (p. 438)
  • The First World War (p. 440)
  • Key Ideas: Ideologies of the 20th Century (p. 446)
  • The Unpopular Democracy: The German Reich (p. 448)
  • Under the Swastika: Nazi Germany (p. 450)
  • Austria: From Habsburg Empire to German "Ostmark" (p. 454)
  • Switzerland: Island of Stability (p. 456)
  • France: Insecurity and Occupation (p. 458)
  • Britain between the World Wars (p. 462)
  • Ireland: Division and Independence (p. 466)
  • Belgium and the Netherlands: Objects of German Power Politics (p. 468)
  • Italy under Fascism (p. 470)
  • Spain and Portugal (p. 472)
  • Scandinavia and the Baltic (p. 474)
  • Poland (p. 476)
  • Hungary and Czechoslovakia (p. 478)
  • The Soviet Union (p. 480)
  • Southeast Europe between the Wars (p. 484)
  • The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire (p. 486)
  • The Reorganization of Arabia (p. 488)
  • Iran and Afghanistan: Battle for Independence (p. 490)
  • India's Path to Independence (p. 492)
  • China between Empire and Communism (p. 494)
  • Imperial Japan and Southeast Asia (p. 496)
  • The British Commonwealth: Emancipation of the British Colonies (p. 500)
  • Africa under Colonial Rule (p. 502)
  • Ethiopia and Egypt: Between Subjugation and Independence (p. 504)
  • Euphoria and Depression: The US between the Wars (p. 506)
  • Latin America (p. 508)
  • The Second World War (p. 510)
  • In Focus: World War II (p. 514)
  • The Contemporary World: 1945 to the present (p. 528)
  • Introduction (p. 530)
  • Trends in World Politics (p. 532)
  • The Path to European Unity (p. 536)
  • Germany (p. 538)
  • Austria (p. 546)
  • Switzerland (p. 548)
  • Great Britain: From Commonwealth to European Union (p. 550)
  • Ireland (p. 554)
  • France (p. 556)
  • Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (p. 560)
  • Italy (p. 564)
  • Spain: From Military Dictatorship to Constitutional Monarchy (p. 568)
  • Portugal (p. 572)
  • Northern Europe (p. 574)
  • Eastern and Central Europe (p. 576)
  • Yugoslavia (p. 580)
  • Greece and Turkey (p. 582)
  • The Soviet Union and Its Successor States (p. 586)
  • Northwest Africa (p. 594)
  • Israel (p. 596)
  • The Arab World and the Near East (p. 598)
  • Pakistan and India (p. 610)
  • Southeast Asia (p. 612)
  • China, Japan and Korea (p. 618)
  • Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania (p. 624)
  • Africa since the Independence of Its Nations (p. 626)
  • Canada (p. 634)
  • The United States: Global Power (p. 636)
  • Latin America (p. 644)
  • Key Ideas: Globalization (p. 648)
  • Index (p. 650)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

CHOICE Review

According to the "Why History?" preface written by historian Douglas G. Brinkley (Tulane), this book "jars the senses--like taking a hard whiff of smelling salts--waking up the comatose mind to the power of the past in a coherent, fun, and inspired way." Over 4,000 illustrations and photographs cover individuals and events from prehistory (the beginning to ca. 4000 BCE) to the contemporary world (1945 to the present). The eight chapters have brief introductions, rich illustrations, continuous time lines, and color-coded cross-referencing. Picture numbers are used to place the images in relationship to the text. The sidebars contain quotations, biographies, and further facts. The book features four eight-page foldouts of biographies and events during the Roman Empire, Reformation, French Revolution, and WW II. This educational and entertaining volume of social, cultural, and military history will appeal to a wide readership. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels; college, public, and high school libraries, as well as the coffee table. S. D. Campbell University of Arkansas at Monticello

Booklist Review

This hefty volume covers history from around 4000 B.C.E. to the contemporary era. Each of the eight chapters--Prehistory, First Empires, The Ancient World, The Middle Ages, The Early Modern Period, The Modern Era, The World Wars and The Interwar Period and The Contemporary Period --is divided into topical sections and one-page subsections. Each section has a brief introduction, and each subsection is introduced by a one-sentence description. A time line found at the bottom of every page pinpoints key events, names, and dates corresponding to the page's content. Embellishing every page are anywhere from 5 to 10 illustrations, mostly in color, and though they are small, the illustrations are clear and well chosen and do a good job of bringing history to life. Numbers are used to key the images to the text. Other features include sidebars containing quotations, brief biographies, or interesting facts. Five two-page Key Ideas sections cover topics such as Christianity and Islam, and four In Focus foldouts offer chronological summaries of the Roman Empire, the Reformation, the French Revolution, and World War II. Other recent single-volume world histories for the high-school level and up include Facts On File's Encyclopedia of World History (2000) and the sixth edition of Houghton's standard Encyclopedia of World History (2001). Each offers something different; the copiously illustrated Facts On File volume is arranged alphabetically, while the Houghton volume is arranged by broad time period, with divisions for regions, countries, and cultures. The National Geographic volume is more current, and this, along with content that is well organized, balanced, and attractively presented, makes it an exceptional value for school and public libraries. --Carol Sue Harless Copyright 2006 Booklist