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The Authors and Essays inI Wish I'd Been There®, Book Two Josiah Ober ·At the Deathbed of Alexander the Great Tom Holland ·Hannibal Crosses the Alps Theodore K. Rabb ·Christmas Day in the Year 800 John Julius Norwich ·Venice, July 24, 1177 Katherine Fischer Drew ·Magna Carta and the King's Men Barbara A. Hanawalt ·Rebel Leader Confronts King at Smithfield in 1381 Lauro Martines ·Ten Thousand Brutes in Renaissance Florence Geoffrey Parker·August 9, 1588: The Spanish Armada (almost) Surrenders Katherine ...
'What is the moment in history that you would like to have witnessed-and why?' This is the thought-provoking question that Theodore Rabb and Byron Hollinshead posed to twenty of our finest historians. Their answers can be found in this fascinating and thoroughly readable book, which trains a lens on crucial moments of our past and brings them to vivid life. Contributors include Tom Holland, John Elliott, John Julius Norwich, Margaret MacMillan and John Keegan and with these - and other - peerless scholars as their guides, readers will be transported to the death of Alexander the Great, Christmas 800CE when Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor, Hannibal's legendary crossing of the Alps, Runnymede where King John was forced to sign Magna Carta, the Spanish Armada, the Battle of the Nile, Paris 1919, the German surrender in 1945 and the end of the First Gulf War. Imaginatively executed and vividly written, the result is a pageant of character and event that will attract and delight readers of history.
The Western Experience is designed to provide an analytical and reasonably comprehensive account of the contexts within which, and the processes by which, European society and civilization evolved. Now in the eighth edition, this book has evolved with the strength of prior revisions, including the seventh edition's entire rewriting and reordering of the six chapters that cover the Middle Ages
The subject of this book is the Western experience-- that is, the history of European civilization, which is the civilization of modern Europe and America. Yet we do not begin with the mainland of present-day Europe, for our civilization traces its origins to earlier ones in Mesopotamia and around the Mediterranean Sea.