Princeton University Library Catalog

Ancient worlds : a global history of antiquity / Michael Scott.

Author:
Scott, Michael, 1981- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
[New York: Basic Books, 2016, , ©2016]
Description:
xvi, 411 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Summary note:
Twenty-five-hundred years ago, civilizations around the world entered a revolutionary new era that overturned old order and laid the foundation for our world today. In the face of massive social changes across three continents, radical new forms of government emerged; mighty wars were fought over trade, religion, and ideology; and new faiths were ruthlessly employed to unify vast empires. The histories of Rome and China, Greece and India-- the stories of Constantine and Confucius, Qin Shi Huangdi and Hannibal-- are here revealed to be interconnected incidents in the midst of a greater drama. In Ancient Worlds, historian Michael Scott presents a gripping narrative of this unique age in human civilization, showing how diverse societies responded to similar pressures and how they influenced one another: through conquest and conversion, through trade in people, goods, and ideas. An ambitious reinvention of our grandest histories, Ancient Worlds reveals new truths about our common human heritage.-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-391) and index.
Contents:
Part I: Politics in an Axial Age -- Athenian democracy and the desire for people-power -- Rome, the Republic, and the perfection of government-- China, Confucius and the quest for the just ruler -- Part II: War and a world in change -- A new generation arises -- Making connections -- Empires in East and West -- Part III: Religious change in a connected world -- Religious innovation from inside and out -- Enforcing, mixing and moulding religion -- Religion and rule.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
History.
ISBN:
  • 9780465094721 (HC)
  • 0465094724 (HC)
  • (EB)
LCCN:
2016950968
OCLC:
961184398
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