Heroes of History A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern Age

ISBN-10: 0743226127

ISBN-13: 9780743226127

Edition: 2001

Authors: Will Durant

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Written by by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Will Durant, this text traces the lives and ideas of those who have helped to define civilization. His previous works include 'The Story of Civilization' and 'The Lessons of History'.
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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/6/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

American historian and essayist Will Durant was born in North Adams, Massachusetts. He earned his undergraduate degree at St. Peter's College in New Jersey and went on to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1917 from Columbia University. While teaching at the libertarian Ferrer Modern School in New York, he had as a pupil a young woman named Ada Kaufman, whom he later called Ariel. She became his wife---and his coauthor. In 1917 Durant published his first work, his doctoral dissertation, Philosophy and the Social Problem . In 1926 he published another work, The Story of Philosophy. The following year, he began writing the comprehensive history of civilization on which he was to spend much of the next 30 years of his life, the massive Story of Civilization. By the time the seventh volume was published in 1961, Ariel Durant's diligent assistance on the project had earned her title-page recognition as coauthor. The Durants made several world tours to visit the countries they treated in their history and received countless honorary degrees. In 1968 they received the Pulitzer Prize for Rousseau and Revolution, the tenth and final volume of their story. Explaining why they stopped at this point in history, they wrote: "We find ourselves exhausted on reaching the French Revolution. We know that this event did not end history, but it ends us." The Durants brought popular history to the intelligent lay reader, a fact that Orville Prescott noted:"To introduce and to popularize is not less worthy an enterprise than to unearth some hitherto unknown facts or to present some new and controversial theory. Many professional historians believe that it is, and some have looked down their noses at the Durants. The truth is that the art of history includes both kinds of writing and needs both. The scholar who delves into obscure archives is essential; without him ignorance would prevail. But the writer who can make history available to the general reader is necessary too."

Table of What is Civilization?
Confucius and the Banished Angel
India: From Buddha to Indira Gandhi
From the Pyramids to Ikhnaton
Philosophy and Poetry in the Old Testament
The Road to Pericles
The Golden Age of Athens
From Plato to Alexander
The Roman Republic
The Roman Revolution
The Roman Empire
Nero and Aurelius
The Human Christ
The Growth of the Church
The Renaissance I: Around Leonardo
The Renaissance II: Rome
The Renaissance III: Venetian Sunset
The Reformation I: Wyclif and Erasmus
The Reformation II (1517�55): Luther and the Communists
The Catholic Reformation (1517�63)
Shakespeare and Bacon
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