The Empire Stops Here

The Empire Stops Here PDF Author: Philip Parker
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409016323
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 688

Book Description
The Roman Empire was the largest and most enduring of the ancient world. From its zenith under Augustus and Trajan in the first century AD to its decline and fall amidst the barbarian invasions of the fifth century, the Empire guarded and maintained a frontier that stretched for 5,000 kilometres, from Carlisle to Cologne, from Augsburg to Antioch, and from Aswan to the Atlantic. Far from being at the periphery of the Roman world, the frontier played a crucial role in making and breaking emperors, creating vibrant and astonishingly diverse societies along its course which pulsed with energy while the centre became enfeebled and sluggish. This remarkable new book traces the course of those frontiers, visiting all its astonishing sites, from Hadrian's Wall in the north of Britain to the desert cities of Palmyra and Leptis Magna. It tells the fascinating stories of the men and women who lived and fought along it, from Alaric the Goth, who descended from the Danube to sack Rome in 410, to Zenobia the desert queen, who almost snatched the entire eastern provinces from Rome in the third century. It is at their edges, in time and geographical extent, that societies reveal their true nature, constantly seeking to recreate and renew themselves. In this examination of the places that the mighty Roman Empire stopped expanding, Philip Parker reveals how and why the Empire endured for so long, as well as describing the rich and complex architectural and cultural legacy which it has bequeathed to us.

World History

World History PDF Author: Philip Parker
Publisher: DK
ISBN: 9781465462404
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 416

Book Description
With more than 10,000 years of history in the palm of your hand, "Eyewitness Companion: World History" is the ideal one-stop reference for anyone with an interest in historical events, personalities, societies, and cultures, from the first flowering of human civilization in prehistoric times to the present day.

History of World Trade in Maps

History of World Trade in Maps PDF Author: Philip Parker
Publisher: Collins
ISBN: 9780008409296
Category : Political Science
Languages : en
Pages : 224

Book Description
Trade is the lifeblood of nations. It has provided vital goods and wealth to countries and merchants from the ancient Egyptians who went in search of gold and ivory to their 21st-century equivalents trading high-tech electronic equipment from the Far East .In this beautiful book, more than 70 maps give a visual representation of the history of World Commerce, accompanied by text which tells the extraordinary story of the merchants, adventurers, middle-men, and monarchs who bought, sold, explored, and fought in search of profit and power. The maps are all works of art, witnesses to history, and have a fascinating story to tell. The maps include: - Çatalhöyük Plan, c. 6200BC - Babylonian Map of the World, c. 600BC - Stone Map of China, 1136 - Hereford Mappa Mundi, c. 1300 - Buondelmonti Map of Constantinople, c. 1420 - The Waldseemüller Map, 1507 - James Rennell Map of Hindoostan, 1782 - Air Age Map, 1945 - Johns Hopkins Covid-19 Dashboard, 2020

The Vikings

The Vikings PDF Author: Philip Parker
Publisher: QED Publishing
ISBN: 9781784937904
Category :
Languages : en
Pages : 80

Book Description
Divided into five chapters covering the entire history of the Vikings, the book begins by exploring who these peoples were - and who they were not. For while there is no doubt that some Vikings launched bloodthirsty attacks in this period, pillaging communities and plundering treasure, many more were peaceful traders and settlers. The middle chapters deal with the Viking invasions and conquests of Anglo-Saxon lands that took place in the eighth and ninth centuries, as well as the great voyages of exploration that took these horned warriors out across the Atlantic Ocean to what are now Greenland and Canada. These chapters will also go beyond the battles and adventures to look at the everyday life of the people, to examine how and what they traded, what Viking village life was like and how they made and sailed their famous long ships. The book concludes by summing up the Viking legacy through an examination of their art, culture, literature and enduring influence on the world.

Revolution

Revolution PDF Author: Philip Parker
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780233005003
Category :
Languages : en
Pages : 64

Book Description
The twentieth century was an age of revolutions. As the pace of social and economic change quickened and the savagery of technological warfare destabilized societies, intolerable pressures were created which exploded into violent political movements. These overthrew long-standing regimes and radically reshaped social orders, beginning with the monarchies in China and Russia, the latter transformed into a communist society which sought to export its revolution abroad. The economic collapse of the 1920s in turn bred reactionary revolutions and dictatorships in Europe, while the weakening of European power in the wake of the Second World War sparked new revolutionary movements in the colonies, determined to throw off imperial rule or unseat dictators supported by foreign powers. Towards the century's end, the collapse of the Soviet Union fed new movements, which sought to throw off the choking legacy of earlier revolutions that turned out to have merely replaced one form of oppression with another. Revolution examines all the key revolutions of the twentieth century, from the 1917 October Revolution, which overthrew the Tsarist regime in Russia, to those which accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union at the century's end. It encompasses the anti-imperialist revolutions that swept through Latin America, Africa and Asia after the end of the Second World War and the democratic revolutions that overthrew a string of dictatorships from the 1980s onwards. Following the narrative thread through 30 key uprisings and revolutionary movements and illustrated with contemporary photographs and documents, this is an indispensable guide to a phenomenon that shaped and overshadowed much of the twentieth century.

The Great Trade Routes

The Great Trade Routes PDF Author: Philip Parker
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
ISBN: 9781591143352
Category : Business & Economics
Languages : en
Pages : 320

Book Description
Examines the principle trade routes throughout history and traces the steps of the pioneering explorers.

The Northmen's Fury

The Northmen's Fury PDF Author: Philip Parker
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448156459
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 464

Book Description
The Northmen’s Fury tells the Viking story, from the first pinprick raids of the eighth century to the great armies that left their Scandinavian homelands to conquer larger parts of France, Britain and Ireland. It recounts the epic voyages that took them across the Atlantic to the icy fjords of Greenland and to North America over four centuries before Columbus and east to the great rivers of Russia and the riches of the Byzantine empire. One summer’s day in 793, death arrived from the sea. The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne were the first Vikings, sea-borne attackers who brought two centuries of terror to northern Europe. Before long the sight of their dragon-prowed longships and the very name of Viking gave rise to fear and dread, so much so that monks were reputed to pray each night for delivery from ‘the Northmen’s Fury’. Yet for all their reputation as bloodthirsty warriors, the Vikings possessed a sophisticated culture that produced art of great beauty, literature of abiding power and kingdoms of surprising endurance. The Northmen’s Fury describes how and why a region at the edge of Europe came to dominate and to terrorise much of the rest of the continent for nearly three centuries and how, in the end, the coming of Christianity and the growing power of kings tempered the Viking ferocity and stemmed the tide of raids. It relates the astonishing achievement of the Vikings in forging far-flung empires whose sinews were the sea and whose arteries were not roads but maritime trading routes. The blood of the Vikings runs in millions of veins in Europe and the Americas and the tale of their conquests, explorations and achievements continues to inspire people around the world.

The Century

The Century PDF Author:
Publisher:
ISBN:
Category :
Languages : en
Pages :

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The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine

The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine PDF Author: Josiah Gilbert Holland
Publisher:
ISBN:
Category : American literature
Languages : en
Pages :

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The Wall

The Wall PDF Author: Douglas Jackson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473591767
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 432

Book Description
AD 400. Rome and its Empire are failing . . . Veteran cavalry commander Marcus Flavius Victor sets out with his regiment to make what may be his final tour of the forts along Hadrian's Wall. Through a combination of military prowess, brutality and bribery, Marcus has spent twenty years keeping the savage Picts at bay. Feared by his enemies and hated by his superiors, his strength of will is the only thing that has held the disgruntled, poorly paid garrisons of the Wall in place as the failing Roman Empire's grip on Britannia weakened. Yet as this tour of the wall progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that this is more than a routine inspection. Why is Marcus stripping the defences of cavalry to strengthen his own force? Is he negotiating with the Picts - or conspiring with them? And who is the mysterious figure who follows Marcus' every move and yet hides in the shadows? Segeduno, Cilurno, Brocolitia, Vindolanda: each fort holds memories and friendships, hides rivals, or conceals enemies. But what exactly is Marcus Flavius Victor's ultimate objective? It would appear he is willing to risk bloody civil war in a bid to seize Britannia for himself? Or is he raising an army to save the province from the darkness that waits on the other side of the Wall? Hailed as one of our very best historical novelists, Douglas Jackson returns to the world of ancient Rome with this epic novel of a failing empire and a world on the brink . . .