The story of mankind
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The story of mankind

By Hendrik Willem Van Loon
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History is the mighty Tower of Experience, which Time has built amidst the endless fields of bygone ages. It is no easy task to reach the top of this ancient structure and get the benefit of the full view. There is no elevator, but young feet are strong and it can be done. -Hendrik Van Loon, in the Foreword to The Story of Mankind It was intended for children, and of course much of the science is hopelessly out of date, but this ambitious, even audacious attempt to offer an overview of the entirety of human history remains a breathtaking work today. A 1921 bestseller, The Story of Mankind won the first Newbery Medal in 1922, and it is no wonder: the book-which begins with the origin of life itself on our planet and the arrival of the earliest protohumans on the scene and ends with "The Last Fifty Years, Including Several Explanations and an Apology"-is abundant with an offbeat charm and packed with the author's own beautiful illustrations and maps that are alive with a fresh, delectable humor. As a document of early modern science writing, it is invaluable. As a delightfully entertaining read, it is not to be missed. AUTHOR BIO: Dutch-American author and educator Hendrik Willem van Loon (1882-1944) sold more than six million books during his lifetime, including The Story of the Bible (1923), Tolerance (1925), and America (1927). After studies at Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Munich, he had a diverse career as a popular professor of European history at Cornell and of social sciences at Antioch College, an Associated Press correspondent in revolutionary Russia and World War I Belgium, and associate editor of the Baltimore Sun from 1923 to 1924. In appreciation for his dedicatedanti-Nazi writing during World War II, he was awarded the Order of Knight of the Netherlands Lion.

Table of Contents
  • THE STORY OF MANKIND
    • FOREWORD
      • For Hansje and Willem:
  • THE STORY OF MANKIND
    • THE SETTING OF THE STAGE
    • OUR EARLIEST ANCESTORS
    • PREHISTORIC MAN
      • PREHISTORIC MAN BEGINS TO MAKE THINGS FOR HIMSELF.
    • HIEROGLYPHICS
      • THE EGYPTIANS INVENT THE ART OF WRITING AND THE RECORD OF HISTORY BEGINS
    • THE NILE VALLEY
      • THE BEGINNING OF CIVILISATION IN THE VALLEY OF THE NILE
    • THE STORY OF EGYPT
      • THE RISE AND FALL OF EGYPT
    • MESOPOTAMIA
      • MESOPOTAMIA—THE SECOND CENTRE OF EASTERN CIVILISATION
    • THE SUMERIANS
    • MOSES
      • THE STORY OF MOSES, THE LEADER OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
    • THE PHOENICIANS
      • THE PHOENICIANS WHO GAVE US OUR ALPHABET
    • THE INDO-EUROPEANS
      • THE INDO-EUROPEAN PERSIANS CONQUER THE SEMITIC AND THE EGYPTIAN WORLD
    • THE AEGEAN SEA
    • THE GREEKS
    • THE GREEK CITIES
      • THE GREEK CITIES THAT WERE REALLY STATES
    • GREEK SELF-GOVERNMENT
    • GREEK LIFE
      • HOW THE GREEKS LIVED
    • THE GREEK THEATRE
      • THE ORIGINS OF THE THEATRE, THE FIRST FORM OF PUBLIC AMUSEMENT
    • THE PERSIAN WARS
    • ATHENS vs. SPARTA
    • ALEXANDER THE GREAT
    • ROME AND CARTHAGE
    • THE RISE OF ROME
      • HOW ROME HAPPENED
    • THE ROMAN EMPIRE
    • JOSHUA OF NAZARETH
      • THE STORY OF JOSHUA OF NAZARETH, WHOM THE GREEKS CALLED JESUS
    • THE FALL OF ROME
      • THE TWILIGHT OF ROME
    • RISE OF THE CHURCH
      • HOW ROME BECAME THE CENTRE OF THE CHRISTIAN WORLD
    • MOHAMMED
    • CHARLEMAGNE
    • THE NORSEMEN
    • FEUDALISM
    • CHIVALRY
      • CHIVALRY
    • POPE vs. EMPEROR
    • THE CRUSADES
    • THE MEDIAEVAL CITY
      • WHY THE PEOPLE OF THE MIDDLE AGES SAID THAT "CITY AIR IS FREE AIR"
    • MEDIAEVAL SELF-GOVERNMENT
    • THE MEDIAEVAL WORLD
    • MEDIAEVAL TRADE
    • THE RENAISSANCE
    • THE AGE OF EXPRESSION
    • THE GREAT DISCOVERIES
    • BUDDHA AND CONFUCIUS
      • CONCERNING BUDDHA AND CONFUCIUS
    • THE REFORMATION
    • RELIGIOUS WARFARE
      • THE AGE OF THE GREAT RELIGIOUS CONTROVERSIES
    • THE ENGLISH REVOLUTION
    • THE BALANCE OF POWER
    • THE RISE OF RUSSIA
    • RUSSIA vs. SWEDEN
    • THE RISE OF PRUSSIA
    • THE MERCANTILE SYSTEM
    • THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
    • THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
    • NAPOLEON
      • NAPOLEON
    • THE HOLY ALLIANCE
    • THE GREAT REACTION
    • NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE
    • THE AGE OF THE ENGINE
    • THE SOCIAL REVOLUTION
    • EMANCIPATION
    • THE AGE OF SCIENCE
    • ART
      • A CHAPTER OF ART
    • COLONIAL EXPANSION AND WAR
    • A NEW WORLD
      • THE GREAT WAR WHICH WAS REALLY THE STRUGGLE FOR A NEW AND BETTER WORLD
    • AS IT EVER SHALL BE
    • CONCERNING THE PICTURES
    • AN HISTORICAL READING LIST FOR CHILDREN
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