This book portrays the world history in an entirely new landscape which highlights the pace of development of all the major civilizations of the world since the dawn of human history. Mans rational behavior compelled him to search and innovate new things in order to emerge victorious in his struggle for existence, and in the process, he elevated human civilization. But different civilizations developed on different lines. Some were fast initially but later turned static, and some were static initially but later gained momentum to become world leaders, while some were in between. The author has broadly categorizes all the world civilizations into seven segments and demonstrated their behavior of development graphically. Indian civilization has been evaluated as initially glorious and highly developed, but later it turned static due to several inherent factors. Anglo-Saxon civilization has been adjudged as initially primitive and after AD 1000 it began to move slowly and later gained pace to become world leader. It has been suggested in the book that Indians should learn from the Anglo-Saxons and should follow their road to development, which has been heavily propitiated with scientific and technological innovations and rational thinking since AD 1000.
Here is a book that will surely spark a lively debate. Who are the hundred most influential religious and political leaders, artists, scientists, and adventurers of all time? How is it even possible to construct such a list? Now, the editors of LIFE comb history, compare notes and dive in. Find out who makes the cut: King Tut or Cleopatra? Thomas Jefferson or George Washington; The Rolling Stones or The Beatles; Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. This is a look at history told through its most charismatic and fascinating characters. It is also full of fun facts, tidbits, arguments and rarely seen pictures, and will appeal to curious minds, young and old alike.
What do Julius Caesar, Rosa Parks, and Vincent van Gogh all have in common? They're all fascinating figures who shaped our world! Learn about these and so many more historical VIPs in 30 People Who Changed the World, brought to you by today's award-winning and best-known children's authors. In this collection of 30 essays, each historical figure has a short piece -- called a nonfiction minute -- dedicated just to them. Learn how African-American singer Marian Anderson sang her way to the White House, and how an indentured servant named Juan de Pareja became an artist. Read all about Albert Einstein's theory of relativity -- yes, it can be explained in a minute! These nonfiction "appetizers" are quick and easy-to-read, and will have children begging to know more about the world around them.
Some people have the power to change the world. It could be their talent or sheer determination, but these leaders rose above the rest and made a difference to the world. Their contributions have impacted our lives greatly. Stories of their success are legendary. Let us get to know these world leaders and learn from their remarkable achievements. 365 People Who Changed The World gives you a brief glimpse into the world of these leaders and helps you understand them better. Browse through the book and get motivated by the accomplishments of world leaders!
Preface: March 17, 1883 -- Trier (1818-1836) -- Bonn and Berlin (1836-1842) -- Cologne (1842-1843) -- Paris (1843-1845) -- Brussels (1845-1848) -- Cologne II (1848-1849) -- London I (1849-1859): "The second as farce" -- London II (1859-1883): "The greatest living thinker" -- Major works: the Jewish question, the Communist Manifesto, and Das Kapital -- Lasting significance and legacy: "A not very important nineteenth century philosopher
Almost 200 years ago, the cries of a newborn baby echoed through the halls of London’s Kensington Palace. No one who celebrated Princess Victoria’s birth in the late spring of 1819 could have imagined that the little girl born fifth in line to the English throne would be the ruling monarch of the United Kingdom in just a few short years.The 19th century was a time of great change. For Princess Alexandrina Victoria, misfortune would strike early with the loss of her father, a lonely childhood, and a mother determined to control her. As teen queen, Queen Victoria ruled with stubbornness, strength, and humility that nourished the advancement of the Industrial Revolution, soothed the tempers of European warmongers, and changed life in England in diverse and sometimes controversial ways. Through her published journals and letters, this beloved figure has come to be known as more than just an aristocratic young woman with a crown, but a queen for the ages. Victoria ruled on her own terms for an astounding 63 years. She survived illness, political plots, the birth of nine children, assassination attempts, and a personal heartbreak that would transform her from a royal ruling mother into a mourning widow. Through it all, she maintained an iron determination to finish her course. Under her reign, the United Kingdom reached its historic peak of world power and dominion, influencing change and life around the globe. A small woman with glowing, round eyes and a ready wit, Queen Victoria is remembered today as the charming giantess who ruled while the sun never set on the British Empire.
In this book the author takes a thought-provoking look at the various people whose lives have illuminated the world in one way or another, highlighting extraordinary individuals and the impact they made on human society.
Climate change is real and there are many natural processes that have caused severe changes over millions of years. Fertile land has transformed into deserts; some dry lands today were at one time under water and many places covered by water currently were dry lands. ‘We the People’ are not the cause of climate change but many of our activities are compromising the natural control processes of the Human Environment Systems: energy production and use; agriculture and land use; deforestation, prolific lifestyles that leave large carbon footprints. The pressure is on governments worldwide to mitigate climate change but ‘We the People’ hold the ace: we use most of energy and consume most of the products of agriculture, and our excesses are fueling demand for even more energy; we fund the energy companies through our stocks and share investments and can moderate their excesses; we elect the politicians and can influence their policies; and, through mass actions, we have surmounted governments in many places or forced changes in policies; we have the formidable weapon of the social media to effect change without stepping out. The Climate Change Mitigation Movement is already in motion but ‘We the People’ also need to moderate our choices and lifestyles in order to move the world to carbon neutrality which is a prerequisite for a sustainable environment.
It may be difficult to imagine a world before the internet, especially in our increasingly connected and data-driven society. This book takes readers on a trip back in time, into the earliest days of computer technology, when the internet wasn't much more than a curious idea that evolved from ARPANET. This book explores challenges faced in the internet's early years, the invention of the World Wide Web by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, impacts both positive and negative on society, and the internet's effect on humanity today. Through colorful pictures, graphs, and real-world examples and stories, this book traces the timeline of the internet from its first conception to the present, where it pervades our everyday lives.
'A joyously peculiar book' - The New York Times 'A fascinating insight into Icelandic culture and a fresh perspective on her global influence. Warning: may well make readers wish they were Icelandic, too.' - Helen Russell, author of The Year of Living Danishly The untold story of how one tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic has shaped the world for centuries. The history of Iceland began 1,200 years ago, when a frustrated Viking captain and his useless navigator ran aground in the middle of the North Atlantic. Suddenly, the island was no longer just a layover for the Arctic tern. Instead, it became a nation whose diplomats and musicians, sailors and soldiers, volcanoes and flowers, quietly altered the globe forever. How Iceland Changed the World takes readers on a tour of history, showing them how Iceland played a pivotal role in events as diverse as the French Revolution, the Moon Landing, and the foundation of Israel. Again and again, one humble nation has found itself at the frontline of historic events, shaping the world as we know it - How Iceland Changed the World paints a lively picture of just how it all happened. 'Egill Bjarnason has written a delightful reminder that, when it comes to countries, size doesn't always matter. His writing is a pleasure to read, reminiscent of Bill Bryson or Louis Theroux. He has made sure we will never take Iceland for granted again.' A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of Thanks a Thousand and The Year of Living Biblically 'Bjarnason's intriguing book might be about a cold place, but it's tailor-made to be read on the beach.' - New Statesman 'Egill Bjarnason places Iceland at the center of everything, and his narrative not only entertains but enlightens, uncovering unexpected connections.' Andri Snær, author of On Time and Water 'Icelander Egill Bjarnason takes us on a high-speed, rough-and-tumble ride through 1,000-plus years of history-from the discovery of America to Tolkien's muse, from the French Revolution to the NASA moonwalk, from Israel's birth to the first woman president-all to display his home island's mind-opening legacy.' Nancy Marie Brown, author of The Real Valkyrie and The Far Traveller 'I always assumed the history of Iceland had, by law or fate, to match the tone of an October morning: dark, gray, and uninviting to most mankind. This book challenges that assumption, and about time. Our past, much like the present, can be a little fun.' Jón Gnarr, former mayor of Reykjavík and author of The Pirate and The Outlaw 'How Iceland Changed the World is not only surprising and informative. It is amusing and evocatively animates a place that I have been fascinated with for most of my life. Well worth the read!' - Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres 'An entertaining, offbeat (and pleasingly concise) history of the remote North Atlantic nation ... perfect for a summer getaway read' - The Critic