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A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects
A Book

by Neil MacGregor

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2011-10-06
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN : 0141966831
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilisations have left behind them, often accidentally, as prisms through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them. The book's range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the 21st century which represents the world we live in today. Neil MacGregor's aim is not simply to describe these remarkable things, but to show us their significance - how a stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people, how Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency or how an early Victorian tea-set tells us about the impact of empire. Each chapter immerses the reader in a past civilisation accompanied by an exceptionally well-informed guide. Seen through this lens, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. An intellectual and visual feast, it is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.

A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects
The Exhibition

by British Museum

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2016-02-01
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9781925040289
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects
From the British Museum

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2016
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9781921953279
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A History Of The First World War In 100 Objects

A History Of The First World War In 100 Objects
In Association With The Imperial War Museum

by John Hughes-Wilson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2014-03-03
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN : 1844037606
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A History of the First World War in 100 Objects narrates the causes, progress and outcome of the First World War by telling the stories behind 100 items of material evidence of that cataclysmic and shattering conflict. From weapons that created carnage to affectionate letters home and from unexpected items of trench decoration to the paintings of official war artists, the objects are as extraordinary in their diversity and story-telling power as they are devastating in their poignancy. Each object is depicted on a full page and is the subject of a short chapter that 'fans out' from the item itself to describe the context, the people and the events associated with it. Distinctive and original, A History of the First World War in 100 Objects is a unique commemoration of 'the war to end all wars'.

A History of Football in 100 Objects

A History of Football in 100 Objects
A Book

by Gavin Mortimer

  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release : 2012-10-04
  • Pages : 503
  • ISBN : 1847659055
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What does a turnip have in common with a pair of 500 sunglasses? They've both played a pivotal role in football history. Following on from Neil MacGregor's groundbreaking The History of the World in 100 Objects, Gavin Mortimer provides a quirky and unique take on the beautiful game told through its defining objects. A History of Football in 100 Objects begins on the momentous day in October 1863 when several men in frock coats formed the Football Association. Ever since, the sport has continually evolved - and created new ways to thrill and infuriate its billions of followers along the way. If you've ever wanted to know when footballers started to feign injury, why an old sock helped Pel become a global legend or how a draper's letter changed football, you'll find the answer in this fascinating history of invention, ingenuity, indiscipline - and sometimes inebriation. From the inaugural red card to a Buddhist shrine, each of the objects selected gives us an intimate glimpse of an unexpected truth behind footie mythology.

Shakespeare's Restless World

Shakespeare's Restless World
An Unexpected History in Twenty Objects

by Neil MacGregor

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2012-10-04
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1846146763
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From Neil MacGregor, the acclaimed creator of A History of the World in 100 Objects and the Director of the British Museum, comes a unique, enthralling exploration of the age of William Shakespeare to accompany a new BBC Radio 4 series. Shakespeare lived through a pivotal period in human history. With the discovery of the New World, the horizons of Old Europe were expanding dramatically - and long-cherished certainties were crumbling. Life was exhilaratingly uncertain. What were Londoners thinking when they went to see Shakespeare's plays? What was it like living in their world? Here Neil MacGregor looks at twenty objects from Shakespeare's life and times, and uncovers the fascinating stories behind them. The objects themselves range from the grand (such as the hoard of gold coins that make up the Salcombe treasure) to the very humble, like the battered trunk and worn garments of an unknown pedlar. But in each case, they allow MacGregor to explore issues as diverse as piracy and Islam, Catholicism and disguise. MacGregor weaves the histories of objects into the words of Shakespeare's plays themselves to suggest to us where his ideas about religion, national identity, the history of England and the world, human nature itself, may have come from. The result is a fresh and thrilling evocation of Shakespeare's world.

History of the World in 1,000 Objects

History of the World in 1,000 Objects
A Book

by DK Publishing

  • Publisher : Dk Pub
  • Release : 2014
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9781465422897
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Offers an illustrated look at one thousand artifacts of human creation through history, from stone age tools to tablet computers, as well as an extensive timeline featuring key events in world history.

A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects
A Book

by Mark Kilfoyle

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 87
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Germany

Germany
Memories of a Nation

by Neil MacGregor

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2017-11-14
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN : 9781101911525
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental Europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people understand themselves? Neil MacGregor argues that, uniquely for any European country, no coherent, overarching narrative of Germany's history can be constructed, for in Germany both geography and history have always been unstable. German history may be inherently fragmented, but it contains a large number of widely shared memories, awarenesses, and experiences; examining some of these is the purpose of this book. MacGregor chooses objects and ideas, people and places that still resonate in the new Germany--porcelain from Dresden and rubble from its ruins, Bauhaus design and the German sausage, the crown of Charlemagne and the gates of Buchenwald--to show us something of its collective imagination. There has never been a book about Germany quite like it.

A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects
From the British Museum : the Exhibition

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2018
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9789461614650
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A History of Women in 100 Objects

A History of Women in 100 Objects
A Book

by Maggie Andrews,Janis Lomas

  • Publisher : The History Press
  • Release : 2018-02-23
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0750987197
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The history of the world has been told in objects. But what about the objects that tell the history of women? What are the items that symbolize the journey of women from second-class citizens with no legal rights, no vote and no official status to the powerful people they are today? And what are the objects that still oppress women? From the corset to the pill, the typewriter to the first pair of women’s trousers and the invention of IVF – there are objects through history that document the developing role of women in society. This story is told here by two leading historians with a lightness of touch that will appeal to all those interested in women’s history, whatever their age.

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom
A Natural History in 100 Objects

by Jack Ashby

  • Publisher : The History Press
  • Release : 2017-10-02
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN : 0750986131
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From a single beginning, countless millions of stories from the animal kingdom have – and continue to – run their course. Museum objects allow us to investigate some of those stories. Animal Kingdom journeys through both the evolutionary history of animals, and the ways that people have interpreted them in museums. Animals in museums are not only representatives of their entire species, but they also tell us something about the time in which they were collected. They provide windows into the past as well as data for the present. They embody centuries of natural ecosystems and human cultures. Through a selection of 100 objects, telling 100 stories, this beautifully illustrated book explores the diversity of animal life over the past 600 million years, and delves into some of the most exciting mechanisms in evolution. By understanding some of the key stories of how nature operates, we can gain amazing insight into the systems underlying life itself.

A History of Cricket in 100 Objects

A History of Cricket in 100 Objects
A Book

by Gavin Mortimer

  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release : 2013-06-06
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1847659594
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Once the preserve of the English, now, for nations the world over, summertime means cricket bats to be oiled, rain forecasts analysed and tea in the pavilion. Cricket has enthralled us since the seventeenth century. But what is it about the game that provokes such fervour? Award-winning sports author Gavin Mortimer calls together a cast of salt-of-the-earth Yorkshiremen, American billionaires and dashing Indian princes to tell the strange and remarkable tale of cricket's journey from medieval village sport of 'club-ball' to the global media circus graced by superstars from Denis Compton to Sachin Tendulkar. If you've ever wanted to know what a hoop skirt has to do with overarm bowling, why England fight Australia over a burnt bail, or how to avoid tickling a jaffa in the corridor of uncertainty, Mortimer chalks up a stunning century of tales in the first truly accessible global history of cricket.

A History of Sailing in 100 Objects

A History of Sailing in 100 Objects
A Book

by Barry Pickthall

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2016-08-25
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 147291886X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Did you ever wonder which civilisation first took to water in small craft? Who worked out how to measure distance or plot a course at sea? Or why the humble lemon rose to such prominence in the diets of sailors? Taking one hundred objects that have been pivotal in the development of sailing and sailing boats, the book provides a fascinating insight into the history of sailing. From the earliest small boats, through magnificent Viking warships, to the technology that powers some of the most sophisticated modern yachts, the book also covers key developments such as keeps and navigational aids such as the astrolabe, sextant and compass. Other more apparently esoteric objects from all around the world are also included, including the importance of citrus fruit in the prevention of scurvy, scrimshaw made from whalebone and the meaning of sailor's tattoos. Beautifully illustrated with lively and insightful text, it's a perfect gift for the real or armchair sailor, the book gives an alternative insight into how and why we sail the way we do today.

Living with the Gods

Living with the Gods
On Beliefs and Peoples

by Neil MacGregor

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2018-09-17
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN : 0241308305
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Following the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series, a panoramic exploration of peoples, objects and beliefs from the celebrated author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany 'Riveting, extraordinary ... tells the sweeping story of religious belief in all its inventive variety. The emphasis is not on our differences, but on shared spiritual yearnings' Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times, Books of the Year One of the central facts of human existence is that every society shares a set of beliefs and assumptions - a faith, an ideology, a religion - that goes far beyond the life of the individual. These beliefs are an essential part of a shared identity. They have a unique power to define - and to divide - us, and are a driving force in the politics of much of the world today. Throughout history they have most often been, in the widest sense, religious. Yet this book is not a history of religion, nor an argument in favour of faith. It is about the stories which give shape to our lives, and the different ways in which societies imagine their place in the world. Looking across history and around the globe, it interrogates objects, places and human activities to try to understand what shared beliefs can mean in the public life of a community or a nation, how they shape the relationship between the individual and the state, and how they help give us our sense of who we are. For in deciding how we live with our gods, we also decide how to live with each other. 'The new blockbuster by the museums maestro Neil MacGregor ... The man who chronicles world history through objects is back ... examining a new set of objects to explore the theme of faith in society' Sunday Times

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects
A Book

by Fintan O'Toole

  • Publisher : Prism
  • Release : 2013
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN : 9781908996152
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Objects don't just have stories, they tell stories. There is a certain paradox that surrounds them. They seem precise and fixed, literally tangible, yet they can put us in touch with the past in a direct and immediate way. What they said to their contemporaries may be different from what they say to us. Whether it's a silver tea urn from Georgian Dublin or an illuminated page from the Book of Kells, historical objects help us gain a more complex understanding of our past. When so much about the past - especially the Irish past - is contested, physical things can provide secure anchors in history. They ought to make things simpler, and yet, when an object is actually examined, this apparent simplicity quickly falls away. Such interesting objects tend to provoke more questions than they can answer. Over the past two years, Fintan O'Toole, the literary editor of the Irish Times, has selected 100 objects - the majority of which can be found in the National Museum of Ireland - to narrate a history of Ireland. These objects have been chosen simply for their ability to illuminate moments of change, development, or crisis. Articles on these historical objects appeared weekly in the Irish Times and are now being collected in book form by the Royal Irish Academy. The book will act as a reminder that people have inhabited Ireland for quite some time and have survived innumerable ordeals and challenges. *** "The objects....span the centuries from 5000 B.C. to 2005....a wooden fish trap from the Mesolithic era, found preserved in a bog in Co. Meath....St. Patrick's Confessio (460-90), the oldest surviving example of prose writing in Ireland....an emigrant's suitcase from the 1950s tells the story of Ireland's diasporic expansion. The final object was selected by readers from a shortlist of ten. A decomissioned AK47 assault rifle, it speaks to Ireland's recent history of strife and commitment to peace; its links with the larger world, and its own unique story." - Sheila Langan, Irish America Magazine, June-July 2013. *** "Thoughtfully written and thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, A History of Ireland in 100 Objects is both a fascinating browse and a repository of historical highlights made tangible, highly recommended." - The Midwest Book Review, Wisconsin Bookwatch, The World History Shelf, May 2013~

Space Exploration—A History in 100 Objects

Space Exploration—A History in 100 Objects
A Book

by Sten Odenwald

  • Publisher : The Experiment
  • Release : 2019-11-01
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1615196145
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is no ordinary space book. Within the pages of this eclectic pop-history, scientist and educator Sten Odenwald at NASA examines 100 objects that forever altered what we know and how we think about the cosmos. From Sputnik to Skylab and Galileo’s telescope to the Curiosity rover, some objects are iconic and some obscure—but all are utterly important. The Nebra sky disk (1600 BCE) features the first realistic depiction of the Sun, Moon, and stars. The Lunar Laser Ranging RetroReflector finally showed us how far we are from the Moon in 1969. In 1986, it was the humble, rubber O-ring that doomed the space shuttle Challenger. The Event Horizon Telescope gave us our first glimpse of a black hole in 2019. These 100 objects, as Odenwald puts it, showcase “the workhorse tools and game-changing technologies that have altered the course of space history . . . the tools and devices that, taken together, represent the major scientific discoveries—and celebrate the human ingenuity—of space technology, showing the ways physics and engineering have brought about our greatest leaps in understanding the way our universe works. . . . They make it clear that we have made giant strides in our quest to search ever more deeply into the farthest reaches of the universe—and behind each new discovery is an object that expands our appreciation of space as well as the boundless imagination and resourcefulness we carry within us.”

A History of Cycling in 100 Objects

A History of Cycling in 100 Objects
A Book

by Suze Clemitson

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2017-06-29
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1472918894
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A fascinating and quirky look at the history of cycling as seen through 100 objects that changed the bicycle as we know it. From the laufmachine to the Brompton, learn about the evolution of the bicycle from two wheeled toy of the aristocracy through to the boom years of the cycling revolution today. Find out why newspapers are so integral to the story of cycling, why the yellow jersey is yellow and why steak was so important to keep a ride comfortable back in the day. Taking one hundred objects that have been pivotal in the development of cycling and the bikes themselves, this book provides a fascinating insight into the history of cycling. From the earliest prototype bikes through to the speed machines we know today, it also covers key technological developments and the more esoteric - from the Arc de Triomphe and liquorice allsorts via ballbearings and Shimano gears. Beautifully documented with lively and insightful text, this is the perfect gift for the cyclist in your life, giving an alternative insight into the two wheeled revolution.

A History of Stirling in 100 Objects

A History of Stirling in 100 Objects
A Book

by Elspeth King

  • Publisher : History PressLtd
  • Release : 2011-03-01
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 9780752459325
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A History of the World in 100 Objects by the British Museum and the BBC is a project which has fired the public imagination throughout the land. This is the first published tribute act, demonstrating that the local, the national, and the international are always present, wherever the place, and that the world is where we live. This enthralling book features 100 objects—all from the archive of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum—that each tell a fascinating history of Stirling. It will appeal to everyone interested in finding out more about the people, places, and past practices of Stirling through the artefacts and relics of times gone by.

Hitler's Third Reich in 100 Objects

Hitler's Third Reich in 100 Objects
A Material History of Nazi Germany

by Roger Moorhouse

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2021-01-06
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1922387746
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hitler's Third Reich is still the focus of numerous articles, books and films: no regime of the twentieth century has prompted such interest or such a body of literature. Collated and presented by one of the world's leading historians of Nazi Germany and illustrated with photographs throughout, this book is an accessible, compelling and often revelatory guide to the Third Reich. Ranging from documents and postcards to weapons and personal effects, these objects include Pervitin, Hitler's Mercedes, Hitler's grooming kit, the Messerschmitt 262, the Luger pistol, the Tiger Tank, Eva Braun's lipstick case, the underpants of Rudolf Hess, and, of course, the Swastika and Mein Kampf.