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This eye-catching volume combines vivid first-hand accounts of
pivotal events in history with authoritative commentary. Revealing
startling links among events and people separated by centuries and
continents, the epic struggles and bombastic personalities have
been carefully chosen for their power to challenge some of the
fiercest debates of our present day.
Readers encounter William the Silent, a Dutch monarch whose
assassination may have triggered the 1588 launch of the Spanish
Armada and led Queen Elizabeth I to create the first known attempt
at gun control. Another chapter introduces Rabban Sauma, a
thirteenth-century Christian monk sent by Kublai Khan to seek a
Christian-Mongol alliance against Muslims. There is also the
remarkable story of twelve anti-slavery activists who fought the
prevailing business and political establishment of their day to
outlaw slavery in England, using tactics that have become tools of
the trade for every grassroots movement that has followed.
Filled with fascinating sidebars, narratives, maps, illustrations,
and concise biographies, this new volume gathers up the rich
details that Western history left on the cutting room floor and
turns them into stories that shed light on both vanquished and
victor over the ages. With its fresh, design and accessible format,
History''s Great Untold Stories will be welcomed by the
legions of readers who are eager to uncover "history''s mysteries"
and explore lesser known, non-Western views of world events.