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Travel thousands of years into our past and discover the significant events that shaped the world as we know it.
From the founding of Baghdad, and the colonisation of the Americas, to the inception of Buddhism, The History Book highlights key ideas, themes, and events of world history without complicated jargon, just short, pithy explanations.
Part of DK's award-winning Big Ideas educational series that uses witty graphics and engaging descriptions to enlighten readers. Don't stop at British history, explore the world! Full of fun facts from the human story, going as far back as the origins of our species to space exploration today. Discover all things revolution, from the French to the digital, including the rise of the internet.
Short and sweet biographies of some of the most important thinkers and leaders throughout history, such as Martin Luther King Jr, Charles Darwin, and Nelson Mandela. You'll learn who said famous historical quotes, and what they really meant when they said it.
Big Historic Events Simply Explained
Modern twist on the good old-fashioned encyclopedia, now easier to follow, with diagrams, mind maps, and timelines. Step-by-step diagrams will have you reviewing your ideas about history.
Start from the very beginning:
- Human Origins 200,000 years ago - 3500 BGE
- Ancient Civilisations 6000 BGE - 500 CE
- The Medieval World 500 - 1492
- Early Modern Era 1420 - 1795
- Changing Societies 1776 - 1914
- The Modern World 1914 - Present
The Series Simply Explained
With over 7 million copies sold worldwide to date, The History Book is part of the award-winning Big Ideas series from DK Books. It uses innovative graphics along with engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand.
This comprehensive visual encyclopedia explores World War II in fascinating detail and explains why this global event must never be forgotten.
World War II: Visual Encyclopedia shows children the causes, battles, people, and aftermath, while cutting-edge CGI technology brings infamous events back to life. Learn about weaponry, tanks, ships, aircraft, campaigns, and military strategies. Read firsthand accounts of major campaigns and battles throughout the war. Uncover hundreds of biographies of wartime leaders and brave soldiers who served on the battlefields. Find out how technological advances influenced the final outcome.
Key information is available at a glance, alongside data boxes, facts and stats, and inspiring quotations. From the fastest fighter plane to the longest battle, you'll discover everything you ever wanted to know, and much, much more.
Whether you're a history buff or simply want help on a school project, this standout reference covers every aspect of World War II and the important part it has played in world history.
The ultimate guide to sports, this book is the perfect reference for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 - an amazing year for sport.
Discover the origins, rules, and key players for more than 200 sports - from equestrian sports, athletics and gymnastics to winter sports and extreme sports. Learn the key skills and tactics of the world's best competitors, along with the latest facts and statistics, including updated world and Olympic records.
This fully revised edition includes fully up-to-date information on the rules and results for more than 200 of the world's greatest sports such as football, cricket, basketball and golf. It also offers an exciting overview of the hugely anticipated Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020, along with coverage of all previous Olympics, and profiles every Olympic sport, including the new ones for Tokyo - baseball, softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding.
The Sports Book is perfect for any sports buffs in need of an ultimate quick-reference guide, or anyone looking to top up their sports knowledge.
Find out more about one of our favourite animals - the dog - in this mini handbook bursting with breeds and fantastic dog facts.
Pocket Eyewitness Dogs includes bite-sized chunks of information that make learning about dogs fun. Read the profiles of more than 180 individual dog breeds, from Great Danes to tiny terriers, in this cool canine encyclopedia. Learn more about the main groups of dog breeds, from working dogs to companion dogs, and find out more about dog behaviour, biology, and even the history of how humans have lived alongside - and relied on - these faithful creatures. If you didn't know that dogs have more than 300 million smell-detecting cells, while humans have just 6 million, or that Dalmatians are born spotless, then this is the book for you!
Perfect for school projects and homework assignments as well as for dipping into, Pocket Eyewitness Dogs will tell you everything you need to know about dogs in one ebook.
The deadliest war in history brought to life through bold, easy-to-grasp maps
In this stunning visual history ebook, purpose-made maps reveal the full story of the Second World War. From the rise of the Axis powers to the aftermath of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, this ebook shows how each step of the action took place. Each map is full of detail, charting the progress of the key events of World War II on land, sea, and air, including the Dunkirk evacuation, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the D-Day landings, the siege of Stalingrad, and the war in the Pacific.
As well as purpose-made maps, historical maps from both Allied and Axis countries give compelling insights into the course of the war. There are also timelines summarizing each stage of the conflict as it unfolded, while fascinating, large-scale photographs offer a closer look at life both on and off the battlefield, introducing topics such as blitzkrieg tactics, civilian life in wartime, code-breaking, and more.
Written by a team of historians headed by Richard Overy as consultant, World War II Map by Map shows how the deadliest conflict in history changed the face of our world. It is perfect for general readers, students, and military history enthusiasts everywhere. Includes a foreword by Peter Snow, broadcaster and historian.
Have you ever asked yourself how the inventions, gadgets, and devices that surround us actually work? Discover the hidden workings of everyday technology with this graphic guide.
How Technology Works demystifies the machinery that keeps the modern world going, from simple objects such as zip fasteners and can openers to the latest, most sophisticated devices of the information age, including smart watches, personal digital assistants, and driverless cars. It includes inventions that have changed the course of history, like the internal combustion engine, as well as technologies that might hold the key to our future survival, including solar cells and new kinds of farming to feed a growing population.
All the way through the book, step-by-step explanations are supported by simple and original graphics that take devices apart and show you how they work. The opening chapter explains principles that underpin lots of devices - from basic mechanics to electricity to digital technology. From there on, devices are grouped by application - such as the home, transport, and computing - making them easy to find and placing similar devices side by side.
How Technology Works is perfect for anyone who didn't have a training in STEM subjects at school or is simply curious about how the modern world works.
How do species interact with each other and their environment? What is biodiversity and can we afford to damage it?
As our influence on the planet grows, answering these questions is becoming more pressing. Written in plain English, this book delivers short, pithy explanations of more than 90 key ideas. Step-by-step diagrams untangle tricky theories, illuminating quotes make the ideas and discoveries memorable, and witty illustrations enhance and play with our understanding of the science.
You'll explore key theories, movements, and events in biology, geology, geography, and environmentalism, from the ideas of classical thinkers and Enlightenment attempts to impose order on nature, to discoveries such as DNA and theories like the Gaia hypothesis. Boxes highlighting "green" issues - the impact of pesticides, the plight of vulnerable species, and the search for renewable energy - appear throughout, as do profiles of influential figures - Charles Darwin, Carl Linnaeus, Rachel Carson, and James Lovelock - which place their ideas in their historical context.
Whether you're new to ecology, a science student, or simply concerned about what's happening to our planet, this is a comprehensive introduction to the environment and climate change - arguably the most important subjects of our time.
How does God speak through prophecy? What is the significance of the Transfiguration? Explore these questions and more with this guide to one of the world's most important religious texts.
Learn about the ideas and beliefs key to the teachings of the most widely printed religious book of all time, in this perfect introduction to The Bible.
The Bible Book features breakdowns of some of the most well-known passages ever written from The Bible. Looking at more than 100 of the most important Old and New Testament stories through clear and easy-to-follow spreads, The Bible Book profiles key figures, from Adam and Eve to Peter and Paul; locations, such as Jerusalem and Rome; and essential theological theories, like the Trinity, to help create a clear insight into Christianity.
Packed with biblical quotes, flowcharts, and infographics explaining significant concepts clearly and simply, The Bible Book is perfect for anyone with an interest in religion.
Get started on your woodworking skills with this ultimate guide to essential carpentry techniques, tools, tips and tricks.
Complete and easy directions for key skills, from simple joinery techniques to more involved woodworking projects, with clear helpful photographs.
New carpenters will learn about the essential tools needed, the principles of basic design, and practice crucial techniques, such as wood joints, finishing, woodturning, and furniture restoration.
Experienced crafters will enjoy enhancing their skills and learning something new. We'll make sure you choose the right wood for the job, find more than 100 hard and softwoods, and their properties in our handy directory.
Put your skills into practice with 28 DIY woodworking projects. This carpentry book will show you how to create home accessories, furnishings, outdoor projects, workshop projects, and more. This reference book provides all the information you need to become a master carpenter and have a houseful of fine furnishings to show for the effort!
Everything You Need to Know About Woodworking
Woodwork is a complete illustrated carpentry course with comprehensive and extensive photos to show you how to become a craftsman. You'll have all the information you need to start your projects right away with simple step-by-step instructions. It also makes a fantastic gift for hobby carpenters.
Inside, you'll discover:
- Tools: Understand how to use hand, power, and machine tools, and choose the right wood for every job.
- Techniques: Follow clear, step-by-step instructions to master all key woodworking techniques.
- Projects: Put your skills into practice to create well-crafted and practical objects, from a wine rack to a chest of drawers.
Exploring more than 100 key novels, stories, plays, and poems and the geniuses who created them, this book is the perfect introduction to literature and writing from around the world.
The Literature Book features over 100 of the world's most celebrated books, plays, and poetry, including Latin American and African fiction, and bestselling masterpieces from the most renowned authors ever to have lived.
Stunning images and inspirational quotes jump out from the pages, while detailed plot summaries and feature boxes bring the timeless works of literature to life and set them into their wider social and cultural context. The book also offers a deeper look into the famed fiction of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and more, as in-depth literary criticism and interesting author biographies give each work new meaning.
From Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to Shelley's Frankenstein, The Literature Book is a must-have for any literature student or fan of fiction.
Why do we need laws? What rights are protected by law? When was forensic evidence first used in court?
This ebook explores big questions like these, explaining the laws and legal precedents, and religious, political, and moral codes that have shaped the world we live in. Written in plain English, The Law Book cuts through the legal jargon and is packed with pithy explanations of the most important milestones in legal history, with step-by-step diagrams and witty illustrations that untangle knotty concepts.
From the earliest laws, such as the Code of Hammurabi, through groundbreaking legislation including Magna Carta and the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, The Law Book offers an engaging overview of legal history across the world all the way into the 21st century with copyright in the digital age, same-sex marriage, and the "right to be forgotten". Covering the fight for universal suffrage and workers' rights, and the establishment of international legal bodies like INTERPOL and the European Court of Justice, The Law Book explains the stories behind each milestone development.
Continuing the "Big Ideas" series' trademark combination of authoritative, informative text, and bold graphics, The Law Book uses an innovative visual approach to make the subject accessible to everyone, whether you're a law student, a legal professional, or an armchair expert.