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History in Quotations M. J. Cohen & John Major

History in Quotations - M. J. Cohen & John Major

London: Cassell, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Very small nick to the top corner of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.

Contains: 2-column text;

From the cover: “History in Quotations is an exciting and original work of historical reference. From the Iraq of ancient Babylon to the Iraq war of 2003 — taking in the histories of Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia in a grand global sweep — it uses the innovative medium of some 9000 chronologically arranged quotations to tell the story of more than 5000 years of recorded history.

Carefully chosen for the light they shed on the key events, ideas, issues and personalities of world history, the quotations are richly eclectic in scope. Alongside quotations from political documents such as Magna Carta and the US Constitution, and extracts from speeches as diverse as Elizabeth I’s address to her troops at Tilbury and Hitler’s ultimatum to the Czechs over the Sudetenland, are eye-witness accounts of epoch-making historical events from the Battle of Hastings to the fall of the Berlin Wall. And there are also witty — and not always flattering — descriptions of historical figures from Julius Caesar to George Washington, as well as retrospective verdicts on historical events by historians and other writers from Herodotus to Hemingway.

The quotations are presented in 90 chapters, each of which focuses on a key historical theme or period. Every quotation is accompanied by details of its source, and, where necessary, by an explanatory contextual gloss. Cross-references guide the user from one quotation to another, related by subject or author. A comprehensive index of speakers and subjects allows the user to locate quotations by individual speakers and on specific historical subjects quickly and without fuss.

Simultaneously a work of authoritative historical reference and an addictively brows-able work of popular history, History in Quotations gives the reader a front-row seat at the unfolding drama of 5000 years of recorded history. Here, expressed through a multitude of different historical voices, are words that gave expression to new religious and political creeds; words that voiced the aspirations of the oppressed; words that set nation at war with nation; words that sealed the fate of millions: above all — words that made history.”


Foreword or introduction by Simon Schama. Size: 9¼" x 7". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXVIII] 1008 pages.
£19.50
History in Quotations M. J. Cohen & John Major