History of the World in 1000 Objects

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Penguin, 2020 M09 15 - 480 pages

Discover how humans created their world from the objects they left behind - from the US Constitution to the first iPhone - in DK's latest history book.

From the beginning of human history, the one thing that has defined us is our talent for making things, from basic technology and everyday objects, such as bowls and hand axes, to high-tech inventions, such as supersonic aircraft, smart devices, and Mars rovers.

Objects speak volumes about a civilization, telling us how our ancestors lived - as well as what they believed in and valued. A bronze cat mummy shows us how highly the ancient Egyptians valued their feline companions, while a mechanical tiger toy tells the story of rising tensions between an Indian sultan and European colonizers. With stunning, exclusive photography, History of the World in 1000 Objects shows you the objects that our ancestors treasured - from the jewelry worn by the Mesopotamians to the prized ritual vessels used by the people of the Shang Dynasty - and gives you insight into what gave each culture its own identity.

From astrolabes and airplanes to vacuum cleaners and X-rays, DK uses its hallmark visual style to weave the extraordinary legacy of our creativity into a unique view of world history that will change the way you see the objects all around us.

 

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Contents

Buddhism in Medieval Japan
169
Koreas Golden Kingdoms
170
Temple Cities of Cambodia
172
Seljuk and Early Ottoman Realms
174
Spiritof the Greater Southwest
176
The Mythmakers of Mesoamerica
178
Treasures of the Andes
188
The Sculptors of Easter Island
192

The Intrepid Phoenicians
47
Chinas First Celestial Empire
48
The AweInspiring Gods of the Andes
54
The Mystical Land of the Olmec
55
The
58
CityStates of Ancient Greece
61
Celtic Kingdoms
66
The Great Persian Empire
71
The Artistic Etruscans
74
The Splendor of Rome
80
Foreign Rule in Egypt
90
Indias First Empires
98
ENLIGHTENMENT
99
The Unified Kingdoms of China
100
Yayoi and Kofun Japan
105
Europes 1450
114
Germanic Kingdoms
115
Viking Traders and Raiders
120
The Glory of Byzantium
130
Islamic Courts and Caliphates
134
Islamic Cultures of Spain and Africa
135
Norman Crusaders and Conquerors
136
The Rise of the Holy Roman Empire
149
Early Kingdoms of Eastern Europe
151
Empires of the Mongol Khans
152
Art and Devotion in Classical India
155
The First Cities of Mesoamerica 110 The Mysterious Nazca and Moche 160 The Dragon Throne of Imperial China
163
INDUSTRY ANDINDEPENDENCE 1750
196
A SHRINKING WORLD 1900
272
Art and Sciencein Renaissance Europe 272 The Birth of the Industrial
275
Revolution and Republic in France
283
The Decline of the Austrian Empire
286
A Century of Flight
340
Transportation for the Masses
344
Entertaining the World
350
Fighting the World Wars
354
Combating Disease
360
Life Under the Revolution
365
The Western Home
366
The Race for African Empires 294 The Empire of the Sikhs 298 Company Rule and the Raj in India 302 The Reopening of Japan 308 Unrest in Late...
372
The Space
376
The Technology of Modern
380
382Connecting the World
382
Ethiopia and the Christian World 268 European Settlers in the New World 318 Settlers in Australia and New Zealand 320 Revolution in Latin Ameri...
385
Tradition and War in North America 328 The Birth of the United States 386 Early Societies
387
Ancient Civilizations
395
Trade and Empire
410
Enlightenment and Imperialism
429
Industry and Independence
439
A Shrinking World
450
Index
464
Acknowledgments
478
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