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From Then to Now: A Short History of the World

From Then to Now: A Short History of the World    
Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-88776-540-7
Pages 188
Language English only
Price $27.99
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Written by Christopher Moore. Illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski.
Published by Tundra Books, 2011.


Just 50,000 years ago, our hunter-gatherer ancestors ventured off the African savannah and into the wider world. Now, our technology reaches far out into the cosmos. How did we get to where we are today?

With lively text and colourful illustrations, From Then to Now explains how individual societies struggled to find their own paths, despite war, disease, slavery, natural disasters, and the relentless growth of human knowledge. From Hammurabi to Henry Ford, from Incan couriers to the Internet, from the Taj Mahal to the Eiffel Tower, from Marco Polo to Martin Luther King, from Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, from boiled haggis to fried tarantulas – this is no less than the story of humanity. It's the story of how we grew apart through years of migration and division, and how – as we recognize our common heritage and our often mixed ancestry – we can come together.

  • Hunters and Gatherers
  • Learning to Farm
  • The Golden Empires: 5000 BCE – 1000 CE
  • Gods and Lawgivers: 5000 BCE – 1000 CE
  • The Greeks and Romans: 500 BCE – 500 CE
  • A Peninsula West of Asia
  • Explorers and Colonies
  • The Age of Industry
  • Europe's World
  • The Stormy Twentieth Century
  • Epilogue: The Global City
  • Index
An index, maps, and notes make this a must-have reference, as well as a delight to read and to discuss. From Then to Now is bound to create a generation of history buffs and a must-have reference book for readers of all ages.

Christopher Moore has been described as Canada's most versatile writer of history. A winner of the Governor General's Literary Award and other prizes, he writes widely about Canadian history for adults and children. His history for young readers, The Story of Canada, written with Janet Lunn and Alan Daniel, was named one of the ten best Canadian children's books of the twentieth century. He writes a long-running column on history and historians for Canada's History magazine (previously known as The Beaver). A past chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, Christopher Moore lives in Toronto.

This book is intended for ages 10+.

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