Jacob F.Field

A Short History of the World in 50 Places

Discover the most impactful and incredible episodes from human history, from the prehistoric era to the early twenty-first century, through fifty of the most surprising and often less well-known places in the world.

From the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, where remains of some of our earliest tool-using ancestors were found, to the CERN laboratory, where revolutionary technologies such as the World Wide Web were developed, each entry shows its influence on not just politics, but on the economy, culture, religion and society, as well as their links to great historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Buddha and Nelson Mandela. The size of the places ranges from small geographical features like a cave in Saudi Arabia where Islam began, to larger areas or regions, like Hollywood. Many entries are cities, such Jerusalem, Amritsar, and Rome, some others are buildings, like Anne Frank’s House in the Netherlands or the Confucius Temple in China, and there are even some that are rooms, such as the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles Palace. No place is too big or too small to be included, as long as it has had a significant impact on history.
276 printed pages
Publication year
2020
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    Egypt became a Persian province, although the Achaemenids ruled there in the guise of a pharaoh, adopting his titles.
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    local king called Narmer

    Нарме́р (Хор-Нармер, вероятно, означает «Хор — Свирепый Сом») — фараон-основатель I династии Раннего царства Древнего Египта (по другим данным – последний из 0 династии), правивший в конце XXXII века до н. э.; один из фараонов, объединивших Верхний и Нижний Египет.

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    A further factor in the Nile’s importance was that it reliably flooded every year. During the late summer it broke its banks, depositing a rich layer of silt, fertilizing the soil and washing out salts. The Ancient Egyptians called the annual flooding of the Nile Akhet, and believed it was caused by the tears of the goddess Isis weeping for her dead husband Osiris. The true cause of the inundation, though, was monsoon rainfall hundreds of miles upriver in Ethiopia, which caused a surge in the volume of water that eventually led to flooding of the Nile in Egypt. The floodwaters sat in natural basins that formed an immense reservoir of water for farming during the six to eight weeks when the river was in flood. These natural basins were added to by a complex system of dykes and irrigation canals that allowed the water to be stored and distributed more effectively.

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