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

Paul Strathern

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General & world history

A dazzling new history of the world through ten major empires.

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.

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Praise 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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