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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.
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.
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||2nd October 2014|
|Publisher:||The Bodley Head Ltd an imprint of Vintage|
Ian Mortimer has BA and PhD degrees in history from Exeter University and an MA in archive studies from University College London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998, and was awarded the Alexander Prize (2004) by the Royal Historical Society for his work on the social history of medicine. He is the author of three medieval biographies, The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, and The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England's Self-Made King, published in 2003, 2006 and 2007 respectively by Jonathan Cape. He lives with ...More About Ian Mortimer