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1.
Eric H. Cline
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the Sea People invaded Egypt.

The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations.

2.
Peter Marshall
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Reformation

The Reformation was a seismic event in history, whose consequences are still working themselves out in Europe and across the world.

The protests against the marketing of indulgences staged by the German monk Martin Luther in 1517 belonged to a long-standing pattern of calls for internal reform and renewal in the Christian Church.

But they rapidly took a radical and unexpected turn, engulfing first Germany and then Europe as a whole in furious arguments about how God’s will was to be discerned, and how humans were to be ‘saved’.

3.
Cao Dawei
China’s History

China is one of the oldest civilizations in the world and more importantly the only ancient civilization in human history without any interruption. This book outlines the unique historical trajectory of Chinese civilization, covering a period that starts with the early Paleolithic Period about 2 million years ago and extends all the way to 2008 when China successfully hosted the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing. It sums up the characteristics of Chinese civilization and attempts to uncover the secrets behind the continuity and vitality of this densely populated ancient civilization despite thousand years of vicissitudes.

4.
Angus Konstam
Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 7th-11th Centuries (Duel)

This engaging study pits the the Byzantine dromn against the Arabic shalands in the prolonged struggle for mastery in the Mediterranean in the four centuries after 630 AD.

5.
James T. Palmer
The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages

This groundbreaking study reveals the distinctive impact of apocalyptic ideas about time, evil and power on church and society in the Latin West, c.400-c.1050. Drawing on evidence from late antiquity, the Frankish kingdoms, Anglo-Saxon England, Spain and Byzantium and sociological models, James Palmer shows that apocalyptic thought was a more powerful part of mainstream political ideologies and religious reform than many historians believe.

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