Patrick O'Brien's Atlas of World History (Concise Edition) PDF

By Patrick O'Brien

This article documents the historical past of human society in the course of the global, from prehistory to the 12 months 2002, in 450 particularly commissioned color maps, 2 hundred illustrations, tables and diagrams, and 200,000 phrases. It intends to move past the traditional specialize in eu and American political historical past to provide around the globe assurance of socio-economic, cultural, and spiritual issues. Due weight is given to areas reminiscent of principal and South the USA, Africa, Asia and Oceania. geared up into 5 major elements: the traditional international (human origins to c.AD 500), the medieval global (c.500-1500), the early smooth international (c.1500-1770), the age of revolutions (c.1770-1914), and the 20th century (from 1914). every one half opens with a two-spread creation that highlights the most topics of the time and descriptions global developments and advancements. Following the creation, person spreads each one study a selected area over a designated interval, complemented by way of special maps, illustrations, and tables.

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Maya inscriptions record the descent of each ruler from a founding ancestor, his performance of appropriate ritual activities on dates of significance in the astronomical religious calendar, and his victories over neighbouring rulers. Although wars of con quest did occur at this time - Uaxactun's takeover by Tikal (map 3B) in AD 378 is the prime example - the main motive for warfare was to capture high-ranking individuals to be used as sacrificial victims. Blood sacrifice was of central importance in Maya and other Mesoamerican religions, based on the belief that human blood both nourished divine beings and opened a pathway through which humans could communicate with the spirit world.

They had adopted a number of ideas from the Assyrians - including the use of cuneiform writing - but they had their own distinctive culture and were skilled in working both bronze and iron. In Babylonia the Chaldeans, an Amorite tribe, became prominent. The languishing Gulf trade revived under their auspices, and the resulting wealth and stability enabled Babylonian cultural life to continue, assuring the survival of Mesopotamian literary and scientific traditions. Assyrian power grew once again in the late 8th century BC, and after gaining control of Babylonia and the Levant the empire was soon in conflict with Egypt.

They had adopted a number of ideas from the Assyrians - including the use of cuneiform writing - but they had their own distinctive culture and were skilled in working both bronze and iron. In Babylonia the Chaldeans, an Amorite tribe, became prominent. The languishing Gulf trade revived under their auspices, and the resulting wealth and stability enabled Babylonian cultural life to continue, assuring the survival of Mesopotamian literary and scientific traditions. Assyrian power grew once again in the late 8th century BC, and after gaining control of Babylonia and the Levant the empire was soon in conflict with Egypt.

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