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Rise and Fall

A History of the World in Ten Empires

Paul Strathern



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Hodder & Stoughton
08 September 2020
Rise and Fall opens with the Akkadian Empire, which ruled over a vast expanse of the region of ancient Mesopotamia, then turns to the immense Roman Empire, where we trace back our western and eastern roots. Next Strathern describes how a great deal of western classical culture was developed in the Abbasid and Umayyid Caliphates. Then, while Europe was beginning to emerge from a period of cultural stagnation, it almost fell to a whirlwind invasion from the East, at which point we meet the Emperors of the Mongol Empire . . .

Combining breathtaking scope with masterful concision, Paul Strathern traces connections across four millennia and sheds new light on these major civilizations - from the Mongol Empire and the Yuan Dynasty to the Aztec and Ottoman, through to the most recent and biggest Empires: the British, Russo-Soviet and American. Charting 5,000 years of global history in ten succinct chapters, Rise and Fall makes comprehensive and inspiring reading to anyone fascinated by the history of the world.
By:   Paul Strathern
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   200g
ISBN:   9781473698666
ISBN 10:   1473698669
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   08 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Strathern is the author of numerous books about science, history, philosophy and literature, including two series, Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea: Scientists Who Changed the World, and the Sunday Times bestseller The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance. He also won a Somerset Maugham award for his novel A Season in Abyssinia. He formerly lectured in philosophy and mathematics at Kingston University. He lives in London.

Reviews for Rise and Fall: A History of the World in Ten Empires

I find them hard to stop reading . . . seductive . . . Mr. Strathern's books are well-written, clear and informed; they have a breezy wit about them - The New York Times on PHILOSOPHERS IN 90 MINUTES Strathern combines diligent archival research with an exemplary narrative verve and keeps the pages turning - Financial Times on DEATH IN FLORENCE Lust and greed is a fascinating study in itself, and Paul Strathern's Death in Florence grips the reader from the first page . . . It is an arresting and horrifying tale, and Strathern tells it with immense skill and verve - New Statesman on DEATH IN FLORENCE

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