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    Big Questions in History

    ISBN-10: 0224072803
    ISBN-13: 9780224072809
    Author(s): Harriet Swain
    Description: A distinguished group of historians answers key questions about the past — and about the present and future. What wins wars? Why do empires rise and fall? What makes a great leader? What causes nationalism? How do spiritual movements spread? These  More...

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    Publisher: RHCB
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 352
    Size: 5.72" wide x 8.92" long x 0.96" tall
    Weight: 0.858
    Language: English

    A distinguished group of historians answers key questions about the past — and about the present and future. What wins wars? Why do empires rise and fall? What makes a great leader? What causes nationalism? How do spiritual movements spread? These are the questions in the forefront of our minds today but they meant just as much to people in the past. How did earlier generations tackle them, and how far can historians use the lessons of the past to help find some answers? Drawing on examples from ancient Greece to Tony Blair’s Britain, leading historical thinkers address twenty of the really big questions that have been asked over the centuries: What is history? How does personality affect politics? What is the impact of technology on social change? How do intellectual movements start? How do our physical bodies and our private lives impact history? Each essay is accompanied by commentary by a journalist, discussing the views of other leading thinkers, today and in the past. The result is a stimulating ride over continents and across centuries in search of answers that are sometimes surprising, often controversial, and all of great relevance to how we live today. From the Hardcover edition.

    Preface
    What is history?
    Commentary
    What makes a great leader?
    Commentary
    How does personality affect politics?
    Commentary
    What makes successful government?
    Commentary
    Why do empires rise?
    Commentary
    Why do revolutions happen?
    Commentary
    Why do economies collapse?
    Commentary
    What makes effective laws?
    Commentary
    What causes nationalism?
    Commentary
    Why do wars begin?
    Commentary
    What wins wars?
    Commentary
    How do civilisations develop?
    Commentary
    Why do religious and spiritual movements grow?
    Commentary
    How do intellectual movements begin?
    Commentary
    How does technology affect social change?
    Commentary
    How do cultural booms happen?
    Commentary
    How does private life affect public life?
    Commentary
    How do physical bodies affect cultural change?
    Commentary
    What is the impact of geography on events?
    Commentary
    Can history have an end?
    Commentary

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