WASHINGTON (Sept. 25, 2012)—Trace the path of power around the globe and across centuries with National Geographic’s GREAT EMPIRES: An Illustrated Atlas (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-4262-0829-4; Nov. 20, 2012; $40 hardcover). This unique book, by Stephen G. Hyslop and Patricia Daniels, illustrates what life was like when pharaohs erected the majestic pyramids, when Hannibal commanded Carthage’s 40,000 troops, when Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor and when the quest for territorial expansion defined the destiny of leaders and the lives of ordinary people.
The atlas chronicles three eras — the Ancient World, the Middle Ages and Modern Empires — and includes an epilogue on the Collapse of Modern Empires. The Ancient World (2600 B.C-A.D. 500), delves into ancient Middle East; Egypt; Greece, Carthage and Rome; and India and China. The Middle Ages (500-1500) traces Byzantium and the Arab World; medieval Asia and the Khmer, Mongols and Ming; the Christian and Muslim dynasties of medieval Europe and Africa; and Native American empires of the Toltec, Aztec and Inca. Modern Empires (1500s-1900s) focuses on the Spanish American and British empires and the Imperial Tribes of North America; the Ottoman and Asante empires in the Mediterranean and Africa; and the Mughals, Qing and Romanovs in the east. The epilogue outlines the end of the Age of Imperialism, which began at the close of World War l and was solidified by the aftermath of World War ll.
GREAT EMPIRES explores a total of 31 empires across the globe, including storied powers such as the Qin and Han dynasties and Babylonian empires that helped shape our world as we know it. Nearly 40 full-color new and archival maps customized by National Geographic cartographers show the extent of territory; major trade routes; paths of military campaigns; significant roads, walls and buildings; and sites of pivotal battles. Select maps juxtapose the ancient and modern landscapes by illuminating changes in physical geography.
GREAT EMPIRES also features sidebars and fact boxes that offer insights into rulers such as Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan, and shed light on the people, ideas and innovations of each empire. Captivating images feature the traditions, art and culture of the times.
About the Authors
Stephen G. Hyslop has written extensively for National Geographic and Time-Life Books, including “Almanac of World” (with Patricia Daniels), “Eyewitness to the Civil War,” “Atlas of the Civil War,” “Bound for Santa Fe” and “Chroniclers of Indian Life.”
Patricia Daniels has written, edited or contributed to many National Geographic books on history, science and geography, most recently “Almanac of World History,” “New Solar System,” “Eyewitness to History” and “National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space.”
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