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    Hywel Williams(Author)

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A concise history of the world told through 50 of the past's most momentous events


On September 28, 480, the Athenian navy destroyed the Persian invasion fleet in the Bay of Salamis. Had the Persians won, such noted figures as Plato, Aristotle, and Alexander along with democracy itself might have been erased from history. This original survey charts 50 such defining and revolutionary moments from the annals of history, concluding with September 11, 2001, and shows how the events of a single day can shape the future in a myriad of ways. Some of the events mark the end of an era while others paved the way for something new, and while many are bloody battles, others are momentous decisions or breathtaking discoveries. Together, they are remembered as powerful symbols of their time and pivotal moments in Western history.

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • Hywel Williams(Author)
  • Quercus; 19725th edition (October 1, 2011)
  • English
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  • History

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  • By Victor D. Manriquez on November 25, 2012

    I found this book in exhibition in my favorite library, the British library from Lima.It caught my attention and I took it home.The book captivated me. I normally read during going and coming back from work. 2 ½ hours daily.Yesterday I finished the book. I began on Monday and I finished the Saturday of the same week.But I have to make some reflections. I wouldn't use the word "defining" in the post title. In my opinion this is the author's opinion about the "defining events".It could be the "defining" events fort the Northern hemisphere, more precisely the Northern Western, more the Northern Western European events. Because some events in others regions are ignored or underestimated.I think that everyone that makes a list of "defining" something will be object of some discussion.Why not the Internet instead of Bill Gates?And the Chinese or Cuban revolutions?Why not the Sputnik or Yuri Gagarin instead of or plus "The Eagle"?And Gandhi and the India independence?Abolition of slavery?You could add your own "defining" events.I also would've liked to find some footnotes of notes at the end to precise some data or to suggest further reading.As I said, I enjoyed the book but as we say in Spanish "lo mejor es enemigo de lo bueno" ("the better is the enemy of good".).I will expect for a revised edition.

  • By Mr. D. P. Jay on June 4, 2014

    The style isn’t particularly gripping but maybe that’s because I read a lot of the book on a busy train and found it hard to concentrate.As another reviewer has commented, it’s really about the history of the Western world. And it is really about MODERN history – 2,300 years are covered in the first half of the book and the remaining 200 years in the second half of the book.I didn’t know much about events in Ancient Greece and Rome and can’t say that I am much the wiser after reading the information in this book.On a subject that I DO know something about, I doubt the accuracy of his account, which perpetuates the idea that Islam spread by the sword, Of Muhammad (pbuh)’s final speech .About the French Revolution, I am not so sure that he understands: Some dipped their fingers in the flowing blood, others used their handkerchiefs to mop it up. Kingship, as well as a king, had been slaughtered. (Could this not be a continuation of the superstition about contact with anything to do with royalty? People touched monarchs. Back in the early church, people touched St. Peter with their handkerchiefs.)When he subtitles a chapter ‘The Liberation of Latin America’ there is no doubt whose side he is on and from what perspective he views events.He implicitly acknowledges that it was from the grass roots that the fight to abolish slavery began and he doesn’t elevate William Wilberforce to the status of hero but simply states that he was ‘the anti-slavery campaign's chief parliamentarian.’For those forever glued to their mobile phone, they do well to remember that the inventor of the telephone: was a particular enthusiast for it, advocating sterilization of the deaf and working to outlaw the marriage of deaf people to each other.In the light of current commemorations of the First World War, people would do well to read the stuff on The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand and The First Day on the Somme.The Ottomans get a mention but nowhere is the break up of the Ottoman Empire explained. Many islamophobes need challenging when they criticise dictatorships in ‘Muslim countries’ without knowing what caused these regimes.

  • By John Carpenter on July 21, 2011

    This book should have been riveting and insightful, it was neither. Mr Williams' overview of each event went from the 30,000 ft macro view to obscure references that only a PHD in history would be able to connect. In the case of the crucifiction of Jesus Christ he was downright insulting, I quote, "The idea that God was a person was a scandalous one for pious Jews and laughable to clever Greeks"... look else ware for better insight to these events.

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