‘History at a Glance’


Did you know Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire? Or that around the same time that Columbus discovered America, the Incas were building Machu Picchu? History and trivia buffs alike will delight in these and other unexpected connections spanning eras of civilization in "History at a Glance"(.00; ISBN: 9781426220647; 416 pages).

In just over 400 pages, this comprehensive reference tells the epic story of humanity — and charts its most significant milestones. Filled with concise essays, expansive illustrated timelines, landmark moments and key context, this ambitious, stunning resource chronicles the world’s most important turning points.

“Intriguing artifacts, captivating works of art and engaging maps create an even more vibrant picture of the inventions, the milestones, the monuments and the people who lived them,” said Amy Briggs, executive editor of National Geographic History magazine, in her foreword. Readers will experience these moments on every page, presented in a browsable, easy-to-read format and interspersed with exciting illustrations and vivid photos. Colorful maps will allow readers to travel to ancient Egypt to learn about the rebel Akhenaten, an Egyptian pharaoh who rejected all gods except the sun god Aten, or zoom to 1918 to learn about the devastating influenza pandemic.

Each timeline includes a breakdown of crucial moments in history in each continental region, organized by:

  • Politics & Power
  • Geography & Environment
  • Culture & Religion
  • Science & Technology
  • People & Society

Authoritative, comprehensive and surprising in its breadth and scope, "History at a Glance" is a panoramic view of the past: a valuable resource that readers will turn to again and again.

AMY BRIGGS is the executive editor of National Geographic History magazine. Prior to her three years as executive editor, Briggs spent more than 15 years in book publishing with a focus on nonfiction. She is the author of several books, including two National Geographic Kids books, "National Geographic: Angry Birds Space" and "National Geographic: Angry Birds Star Wars." Briggs earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her daughter and their four adorable cats.

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