Days That Changed the World (The 50 Defining Events of World History)

Days That Changed the World (The 50 Defining Events of World History)

by Hywel Williams

The Appolo II Moon Landing, The Fall of the Berlin Wall and The release of Nelson Mandela.For each, Days that Changed The world explains the events of the day, their cause and consequences, providing both an insight into each era and understanding of the wider themes of the world history.

  • Category: History
  • Rating: 3.29
  • Pages: 208
  • Publish Date: 2006 by Quercus
  • Isbn10: 0190520494

What People Think about "Days That Changed the World (The 50 Defining Events of World History)"

Desperately needs to be re-titled Days that Changed the Western World, this book is more like a dictionary of significant events that lead to the rise of Europe and North America. The author uses days to summarise much larger, often century-spanning events.

FIFTY DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD. This edition from The Folio Society was originally published in 2006 under the title, Days That Changed the World: The 50 Defining Events of World History. V was short for Vergeltung, which, in German, means revenge. Aside from learning more about world history, you will also pick up scads of little facts like this that will certainly come in handy at the next cocktail party if they still have cocktail parties.

Objective Summary Williams lists the 50 days that he believes most impacted world history. It follows the British date convention of day, month, and year. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox 31.1-9-1870 Battle of Sedan 32.7-3-1876 Alexander Graham Bell Develops the Telephone 33.20-6-1900 Boxer Rebellion 34.30-6-1905 E=mc2: Special Theory of Relativity 35.28-6-1914 Assassination of Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo 36.1-7-1916 First Day on the Somme 37.7-11-1917 Storming of the Winter Palace 38.22-6-1941 Operation Barbarossa 39.7-12-1941 Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor 40.6-8-1945 Bombing of Hiroshima 41.25-3-1957 Treaties of Rome 42.28-10-1962 Krushchev Agrees to Remove Missiles from Cuba 43.28-8-1963 I Have Dream 44.21-7-1969 The Eagle Has Landed 45.29-3-1973 Last US Troops Leave Vietnam 46.16-10-1973 OPEC Raises the Price of Oil 47.3-2-1976 Rise to Power of William Henry Gates III 48.9-11-1989 Breaching of the Berlin Wall 49.11-2-1990 Nelson Mandela is Released from Prison 50.11-9-2001 Nine Eleven Subjective Thoughts A summary of the most significant dates from history would be an efficient artifact. A full 58% of the events on Williamss list occurred in the last 250 years. Only about 18% of the listed events occurred in Asia, Africa, or South America, and these events frequently involved European individuals or interests. The recency bias makes sense considering technological advancements like the atom bomb, landing on the moon, and the internet revolutionized human achievement and experience. But do the events numbered 36, 38, 45, 46, or 49 above really define history more so than, say, the development of Gutenbergs printing press or the internet, or the construction of the Great Pyramids or the Great Wall of China? popular 18th-century phrase and found in Parisian journals The American Congress abolished (1807) the trade in slaves but smuggling and high birthrates meant that the slave supply continued to rise. . Central and South America accounted for some seventy-five per cent of the total 11.5 million Africans who were transported as slaves, only 9.5 million of whom arrived alive. The judgement in 1772 of Chief Justice Mansfield that James Somerset, an escaped slave, could not be forcibly returned from Britain to Virginia, was a landmark decision ending slaverys status in English law . . The British advance was especially marked by ethical energy and a self-confident Christian morality. The British navy patrolled the Indian ocean and the east African coastline where black Muslim chiefs co-operated with the Arab merchants and traders whose slave trade, centred on Zanzibar, extended across vast distances. The trade in Christian Abyssinian slaves was particularly offensive to the British and naval officers often had to enter into local deals with rulers prepared to sell their slavery rights for cash.

The author provides detail on the background information and reasoning for the events without going unnecessarily deep.