Centuries of Change Which Century Saw the Most Change?
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An ideal subject for heated discussions - in Western history, which century saw the most change, and what were these changes, medical, scientific, democratic, military or social? Has change escalated in the 20th and 21st centuries or would someone born in the 19th Century feel their world had gone mad as they went from horse and carriage to railway engine? This is a lively book, an argument made with humour and wit, an engaging way to view our own history.
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The Good Book Guide Review. Popular historian Ian Mortimer, who wrote the bestselling Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England, has analysed each of the past ten centuries to see which one deserves to be recognised as the most revolutionary. He dismisses the notion that the 20th century should automatically be granted the accolade, and takes the reader on a tour of the past thousand years.
On the way, Mortimer assesses the economic, social, political, technological and military developments that have had the greatest impact on the lives of ordinary people. He looks at sweeping changes such as the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Industrial Revolution, and the growth of globalisation. He also identifies the individuals who have been the principal agents of change in each era, from Pope Gregory VII and Christopher Columbus, through Martin Luther and Galileo, to Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler. This is an entertaining and thought-provoking book for anyone who likes to argue about history.
~ Anthony Lafferty
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Centuries of Change Which Century Saw the Most Change? by Ian Mortimer
History's greatest tour guide is back. And he's ringing the changes. In a contest of change, which century from the past millennium would come up trumps? Imagine the Black Death took on the female vote in a pub brawl, or the Industrial Revolution faced the internet in a medieval joust - whose side would you be on? In this hugely entertaining book, celebrated historian Ian Mortimer takes us on a whirlwind tour of Western history, pitting one century against another in his quest to measure change. We journey from a time when there was a fair chance of your village being burnt to the ground by invaders, and dried human dung was a recommended cure for cancer, to a world in which explorers sailed into the unknown and civilisations came into conflict with each other on an epic scale. Here is a story of godly scientists, shrewd farmers, cold-hearted entrepreneurs and strong-minded women - a story of discovery, invention, revolution and cataclysmic shifts in perspective. Bursting with ideas and underscored by a wry sense of humour, this is a journey into the past like no other. Our understanding of change will never be the same again - and the lessons we learn along the way are profound ones for us all.
ReviewsI loved this book... It will enable you to understand your past, your place in it and that of your ancestors as never before. A modern classic -- FIVE STARS, James Delingpole Mail on Sunday Provocative and enjoyable... Almost every page of this engaging book sets your mind racing -- Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times Original and fascinating... It is a planetary ride which Mortimer offers us in his tour of ten centuries. It is exhilarating to time-travel with him -- Peter Lewis Book of the Week, Daily Mail It feels as though he has put his heart and soul into it and readers of his other books will enjoy it for its scope and energy The Times Written in his usual accessible yet quirky style Mortimer proves his worth as the best upmarket tour guide to the hidden mysteries of the past that we have -- Alex Larman Daily Express
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Publication date2nd October 2014
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PublisherThe Bodley Head Ltd an imprint of Vintage Publishing
CategoriesGeneral & world history
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