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Whole Wide World: History from Everywhere Else

Here are some world history books that are a bit off the beat path, but still with a lot of interest...

Sicilian Vespers, The

Sicilian Vespers, The by Steven Runciman

Far from a dry academic monograph, a deeply engrossing look at the 13th century war that would forever change the landscape of Europe.

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Distant Mirror

Distant Mirror by Barbara W Tuchman

Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989) achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August —a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Bible and Sword, T

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How the Irish Saved Civilization

How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill

How The Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe is a non-fiction historical book written by Thomas Cahill. Cahill argues a case for the Irish people's critical role i

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The Rise and Fall Of the Great Powers

The Rise and Fall Of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict From 1500 to 2000, by Paul Kennedy, first published in 1987, explores the politics and economics of the Great Powers from 1500 to 1980 and the reason for their decline. It then c

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Art Of War

Art Of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise that was written by Sun Tzu in the 6th century BC, during the Spring and Autumn period. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it is said to be the definitive work on milit

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The Peloponnesian War

The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan

For three decades in the fifth century b.c. the ancient world was torn apart bya conflict that was as dramatic, divisive, and destructive as the world wars of the twentieth century: the Peloponnesian War. Donald Kagan, one of the world’s most resp

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Citizens

Citizens by Simon Schama

Simon Schama is the prize-winning author of seven acclaimed books. An art critic and essayist for The New Yorker , he also writes and presents documentaries for BBC television. He is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University

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Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a 1997 book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at UCLA. In 1998 it won a Pulitzer Prize and the Aventis Prize for Best Science Book. A documentary based on the book and produced

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How the Scots Invented the Modern World

How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman

How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The true story of how western Europe's poorest nation created our world & everything in it is a non-fiction book written by Arthur Herman. The book examines the origins of the Scottish Enlightenment and

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Nathaniel's Nutmeg

Nathaniel's Nutmeg by Giles Milton

The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago--remote, tranquil, and now largely ignored. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, however, Run's harvest of nutmeg turned it into the most lucrative of th

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