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Great Empires

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Before there were superpowers, there were great empires—supremely forceful political entities whose rulers conquered vast territories, united diverse peoples, and changed the course of the world.

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Hardcover, 368 pages, September 2011. Before there were superpowers, there were great empires—supremely forceful political entities whose rulers conquered vast territories, united diverse peoples, and changed the course of the world. From the Persian dynasties in the Fertile Crescent to the infamously ruthless Mongols in the steppes of Central Asia, to the great Ottoman Empire that spanned two continents and the colonial rule of 19th-century Britain, the great empires left an indelible mark on history. Organized in chronological order from 2600 b.c. to the 20th century, this comprehensive volume weaves together a compelling portrait of more than 30 epic empires using dramatic images, intriguing sidebars, and easy-to-follow time lines. New, meticulously drawn National Geographic maps show the extent of territory held by each empire, major trade routes, paths of military campaigns, locations of principal traded commodities, significant roads, walls and buildings, and sites of pivotal battles. Some of the maps also show the changes in physical geography between ancient and modern coastlines. Beginning in the “cradle of civilization” in the Middle East through ancient Egypt to classical Rome and the Americas, the book highlights the triumphs and achievements that led to each empire’s glory, as well as the critical errors and global forces that contributed to its demise. Throughout the book’s 11 eye-opening chapters, you’ll explore momentous innovations; great battles; and significant developments in culture, science, faith, and government that still influence society today. For example, learn what the Code of Hammurabi teaches us about social classes in ancient Babylon . . . how the Rosetta Stone unlocked the mysteries of Egyptian life by translating hieroglyphics . . . how the Aztec perfected the art of warfare to dominate their allies and gain supremacy . . . and why keen competition among western European kingdoms in the 15th century spawned the great age of global maritime exploration. You’ll also meet the leaders who had grandiose visions for their communities—people like Hammurabi, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Genghis Khan. Civilization as we know it was shaped by these and other warriors, patriarchs, and kings of yesterday. Discover how a sharp intellect, extraordinary hubris, powerful charisma, and other key qualities created their enduring legacies. Great Empires: An Illustrated Atlas illuminates the people, the events, the advances, and the decisive victories that altered the course of history, giving rise to the world as we know it today.

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