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by Hywel Williams

eBook Days that Changed the World: The Defining Moments of World History epub
  • ISBN: 1906719020
  • Author: Hywel Williams
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: World
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Quercus; Revised edition (September 4, 2008)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • ePUB size: 1980 kb
  • FB2 size 1568 kb
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Hywel Williams is a noted historian, columnist, and the author of Cassell’s Chronology of World History and History’s Most Magnificent Rulers

Hywel Williams is a noted historian, columnist, and the author of Cassell’s Chronology of World History and History’s Most Magnificent Rulers.

Williams lists the 50 days that he believes most impacted world history. But the concept of this book outshines its execution. There are two main problems

Williams lists the 50 days that he believes most impacted world history. He chose them because of their undeniable significance and global impact. He then elaborates on each date by providing the events leading up to the date, the date itself, and the consequences. There are two main problems. First, it skews too heavily towards both European history and recent history. It does so at the expense of African, Asian, and ancient history.

Charting 50 such defining moments, concluding with 11 September 2001 and the destruction of New York's Twin Towers, Days that Changed the World is a unique and . Subtitle from cover: The 50 defining events of world history.

Charting 50 such defining moments, concluding with 11 September 2001 and the destruction of New York's Twin Towers, Days that Changed the World is a unique and fascinating way to portray the story of world history.

One of the most shocking and unexpected moments of world history. Important books which influenced and change society and the world. John F Kennedy had been President since his election in 1960. He was young, liberal and Catholic and had inspired many with his positive vision of the world. Including The Republic, The Iliad, The Communist Manifesto and The King James Bible. Inventions that changed the world – Famous inventions that made a great difference to the progress of the world, including aluminium, the telephone and the printing press. People who changed the world.

I love reading about history and talking about 'The 50 Defining Events of World History' was great fun. The author explains that many may disagree, but he did a good job. The one event I would include is the Babylonian Exile of the ancient Jewish people. When they returned, they became faithful to their Jewish faith and from that faithfulness came Christianity etc.

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 and shows how the events of a single day can shape the future in a myriad of ways.

Hywel Williams (Williams, Hywel). used books, rare books and new books. Days that Changed the World: The Defining Moments of World History: ISBN 9781847246264 (978-1-84724-626-4) Softcover, Quercus, 2008

Hywel Williams (Williams, Hywel). Find all books by 'Hywel Williams' and compare prices Find signed collectible books by 'Hywel Williams'. Britain's Power Elites: The Rebirth of a Ruling Class. ISBN 9781845291693 (978-1-84529-169-3) Softcover, Constable, 2006. Days that Changed the World: The Defining Moments of World History: ISBN 9781847246264 (978-1-84724-626-4) Softcover, Quercus, 2008. Emperor of the West: Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire. ISBN 9780857381620 (978-0-85738-162-0) Softcover, Quercus, 2011.

A concise history of the world, told through the stories of 50 momentous days. 50 Colour Illustrations. Hywel Williams is a renowned historian, newspaper columnist, political advisor and TV presenter

A concise history of the world, told through the stories of 50 momentous days. Hywel Williams is a renowned historian, newspaper columnist, political advisor and TV presenter. He is the author of the famous political expose Guilty Men, Cassell's Chronology of World History and Britain's Power Elites. Country of Publication.

King James Bible: The Book That Changed the World or KJB: The Book That Changed the World is a 2011 Lionsgate direct-to-video production in which John Rhys-Davies leads viewers on a half-documentary.

King James Bible: The Book That Changed the World or KJB: The Book That Changed the World is a 2011 Lionsgate direct-to-video production in which John Rhys-Davies leads viewers on a half-documentary, half theatrical exploration of the socio-political, religious, and historical background and roots for both James I of England and for the King James Version of the Bible which was published four hundred years prior to the events portrayed in the self-same documentary film.

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 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.

Comments: (2)
Burisi
Let's face it, no matter how a book such as 'Days That Changed the World: The Defining Moments in World History' is arranged, presented etc., inevitably, there will be many readers who would have opted to do things differently; a thematic rather than a chronological scheme; different inclusions, other exclusions etc. Nevertheless, this reviewer thinks that the writer, historian and TV presenting author, Hywel Williams, has done a pretty good all round job here, in the face of considerable odds.

Think about it, the potential list of dates is quite petrifying and there is always going to be a need to use a razor sharp surgeon's knife to scalpel hedgingly around the necessarily arbitrarily selected and deselected events and dates on the protracted chart of World History. It's an unenviable task; what about the commencement of writing in ancient Mesopotamia? Or the development of the vault and dome in architecture? And so on and so on ...

Many inclusions in this tersely well-written book relate the chilling events of battles or murders; some of grave or momentous decisions, others of World-changing inventions or discoveries. Williams opted to begin his main narrative around 2500 years ago when Athenian naval forces utmatched and sank the (quite literally) overwhelmed Persian fleet at Salamis. In effect, the author earmarks and focuses in on f50 such dramatic and influential events and concludes with the terrifying, incendiary attacks upon the Twin Towers in New York on 11th September 2001.

It would be rather easy to simply lay the list of events covered in the book before the reader's eyes, but that would deprive the reader of any element of surprise and would be akin to disclosing the name of the murderer in a whodunit! Let's suffice it to say that most or many of the events we would select will, almost certainly, be found within these 250 odd pages. Besides, the reader can find many of those dates and events - which are dealt with in this book - listed in the extended product page above.

It is not a lengthy book and the narrative is, thus, pretty rapid and dense with information. As a general read, it is a very good book, to be commended, and the merit of being sufficiently wide in its sweep of events means that it is a pretty safe bet to buy for a present, too, especially for the budding historian et al. This reviewer enjoyed his first reading of it and will revisit it again before too long. Moreover, he is also fully confident that other readers will glean similar enjoyment and education from its pages.

The atomic 'mushroom' image on the front cover is, it must be said, incongruous with a large measure of the book's narrative, which actually chronicles, expounds and celebrates the enormousness of humankind's achievements. It is easy to see why that striking cover image was chosen to present this fascinating book to the general public... that goes without saying. There are now variations on the cover design.

Michael Calum Jacques (author of 1st Century Radical: the shadowy origins of the man who became known as Jesus Christ)
Taulkree
The book focuses mainly on the west, for the matter of fact nearly completely ignores the other part of the world. To give an example, the author has a chapter dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela, but there is no mention of Mahatma Gandhi. Both Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela have said that Gandhi was an inspiration to them. The fact that Gandhi had a profound impact on these two great men of our generation says what a great man Gandhi was and how significant he was. There are many such great events and people from the other parts of the world who have changed lives and revolutionized the world but have not found their place in this book. I believe if you are writing a book that is titled - Days that changed the world, you have to mention important facts of the world and days that affected the whole world not just a part of your knowledge. I agree it is hard to do justice to everything that happened, but if that were the case the title should have been more apt.
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